After fielding something close to his strongest side against Arsenal in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, it’s likely Antonio Conte will make changes when Chelsea host Newcastle United in the FA Cup this weekend.
The Magpies are a decent side but this competition isn’t their priority, while plenty of those on the fringes of Chelsea’s first-team squad will be desperate for a game and some of the starting XI are in need of a rest too.
The defence seems the likeliest department to be shaken up and we could well see Andreas Christensen given a break, opening up the sweeper slot in Chelsea’s back three. There are two obvious candidates to fill it; veteran defender David Luiz, who Transfermarkt value at £22.5million, and exciting academy product Ethan Ampadu.
So Chelsea fans, which defender would you start in the central defensive role when Newcastle come to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, or would you prefer to see both included in the Blues’ starting XI? Let us know by voting below…