Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been pressured to make improvements to his commencing lineup versus Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.
Both of those Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas experienced hamstring accidents in the final league outing, and they have been by Andreas Christensen and Willian in the commencing lineup.
In the meantime, Antonio Rudiger also returns to the defence just after his midweek absence, and he is set to partner Cesar Azpilicueta and Christensen in a three-man backline.
Upfront, Conte has opted for the expert services of Michy Batshuayi, and he is set to lead the line in Alvaro Morata‘s absence. Eden Hazard and Willian will feature both facet of the marksman.
Chelsea lineup: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard. Substitutes: Eduardo, David Luiz, Zappacosta, Sterling, Ampadu, Barkley, Musonda.
Brighton, on the other hand, have manufactured 5 improvements from their former league outing at West Bromwich Albion. Connor Goldson, Solly March, Tomer Hemed, Ezequiel Schelotto and Markus Suttner come in with Gaetan Bong, Anthony Knockaert, Jose Izquierdo, Bruno and Glenn Murray creating way.
Brighton lineup: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Goldson, Suttner, Propper, Stephens, March, Gross, Hemed. Substitutes: Krul, Huenemeier, Rosenior, Kayal, Izquierdo, Murray, Baldock.