Chelsea head to the south coast this Saturday to face AFC Bournemouth, while looking to make it three wins in a row, following defeats of Watford and Everton.
Grinding out victories against the two sides has shown the character and resilience of this Blues side and they’ll be going into this weekend with renewed confidence along with their travelling supporters.
Here’s how Antonio Conte could line his side up in the late kick-off on Saturday.
The Belgian will come back into the fold after the cup tie which saw Willy Caballero earn a rare start.
Under-performing Cesar Azpilicueta and injury prone David Luiz are expected to regain their places in Chelsea’s defence after they missed the cup tie on Wednesday night.
Antonio Rudiger looks set to drop to the bench, despite scoring the opener against Everton. Azpilicueta proved to be the difference for the Blues last Saturday who scraped past Watford in the dying minutes.
Gary Cahill will retain his place in the side after starting in the win on Wednesday night.
After an impressive performance against Everton from home debutant Danny Drinkwater and youngster Ethan Ampadu, they are likely to be replaced with Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The England international managed to play 62 minutes but is still on the recovery to full match sharpness. It may not be a quality pairing of Drinkwater and Ampadu but they staked a real claim to start with the usual pairing, currently of Fabregas and Bakayoko, not performing to the levels expected.
N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses are still out. However, good news for Chelsea supporters is that the Frenchman is back in training for Antonio Conte’s side.
The front line for the away side is set to have a full makeover with all three starters against Everton likely to be replaced.
Pedro should come in for Willian despite the Brazilian scoring the all important goal which sent Chelsea in the quarter-finals. On the other side, star-man Eden Hazard will replace Belgian teammate Charly Musonda, who was given a rare chance during the week.
Despite making a huge impact last Saturday against Watford and coming onto score two goals, Michy Batshuayi will drop to the bench for Alvaro Morata who has scored six league goals so far in his opening season in England.