Having emerged victorious against West Brom on Monday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will hope to improve his team’s confidence when they face Championship side Hull City in one of FA Cup fixtures on Friday at the Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ performances haven’t been too brilliant so far this season, and they will want to maintain the performance they displayed on Monday when they thrashed the Baggies 3-0. Antonio Conte is preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Barcelona which means that he must win Friday’s game in order to ensure steady improvement in the team’s confidence level.
Featuring against the Tigers appears to be a game that the Blues should comfortably win without any stress, but considering their recent poor form and FA Cup upsets, Antonio Conte must be ready to name a very strong squad to execute the match should he desire to progress to the next round of the competition.
Willy Caballero might replace Thibaut Courtois who could be rested for the very important clash against the Catalans in Conte’s lineup.
Emerson Palmieri and Ethan Ampadu are set to make their long-awaited debut for Chelsea in the defence alongside Marcos Alonso at the left-back and Zappacosta at the right.
After serving a one-match suspension, Tiemoue Bakayoko might start at the middle of the park alongside Ngolo Kante and Cesc Fabregas to complete a three-man midfield.
Impressive Eden Hazard will play as an attacking midfielder or from the right flank depending on Conte’s tactics while Olivier Giroud will lead the attack due to Alvaro Morata’s back injury. Willian could also be given the chance to prove his quality from the start of the game.
Below is Conte’s predicted lineup against Hull City in a 3-4-2-1 formation:
Caballero; Palmieri, Ampadu, Caill, Zappacosta; Luis, Bakayoko, Kante; Hazard, Giroud, Willian.