Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Peterborough United, Conte to make nine changes

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is expected to make multiple changes as his side take on League One outfit Peterborough in the third round of the FA Cup. The Blues’ 13-match winning run was broken by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, and they will seek to put things right against the Posh on Sunday afternoon.

Formation: 3-4-3

The Italian coach has stood by the 3-4-3 setup since the start of October, and there will be no tactical change despite the change of personnel.

Lineup:

Back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is expected to return to the starting lineup following an extended time without a competitive appearance. The Bosnian last featured for the Blues in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in the EFL Cup Round of 16.

Conte has already highlighted that Kurt Zouma will be starting the Cup encounter, and he will be accompanied by Branislav Ivanovic and club captain Terry at the back.

Moving forward, young graduate Ola Aina could be offered the right wing-back position with Marcos Alonso set to retain his position on the opposite.

Cesc Fabregas was played from the bench in the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and he will get another start alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek in central midfield. There have been plenty of loan offers for Loftus-Cheek this month, but Conte will seek to offer him ample time before deciding on his next challenge.

Brazilian international Willian will take up the right-wing role following his short appearance in midweek with Pedro set to play on the left side of the attack. Both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are likely to be rested for the weekend’s encounter, and this will see Michy Batshuayi earn his first start since the Blues’ previous campaign in the EFL Cup.