Picking the Best Potential Chelsea Lineup to Face Southampton on Saturday

​Champions ​Chelsea travel to Southampton looking to take three points to at least end the season on a high, with the game functioning as a dress rehearsal for next weekend's FA Cup semi final. 


After failing to win their last two home games against ​Tottenham and West Ham, the 10-point deficit between fourth and fifth should prove too much for the west Londoners to overcome, with a Europa League campaign beckoning next season. The Blues will be looking to capitalise against a ​Southampton side who has failed to win any of their last eight home games, and lie 18th, three points from safety.


Here's who Antonio Conte could turn to for the trip to St Mary's:

Goalkeeper

  • Courtois
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​Thibaut Courtois keeps his place in goal.

Defence

  • Azpilicueta
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  • Christensen
    Christensen27
  • Rüdiger
    Rüdiger2

​The usual back three will return, despite poor displays in recent weeks. Having failed to track Javier Hernandez before the Mexican netted ​West Ham's equaliser last weekend, Cesar Azpilicueta will return, with the Spaniard scoring the first goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw.


Andreas Christensen should come back into the starting lineup, with Gary Cahill replacing him for the game against West Ham. Antonio Rudiger will continue alongside him.

Midfield

  • Moses
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  • Kanté
    Kanté7
  • Fábregas
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  • Alonso
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​Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso continue in their usual positions at wing back, with Davide Zappacosta in contention to return after a spell out with an injury.


N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas should keep their places in the middle of the park, with Ross Barkley returning to fitness after a torrid injury-hit season for the ex-Evertonian.

Forwards

  • Willian
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  • Morata
    Morata9
  • Hazard
    Hazard10

​Alvaro Morata has two goals in his last three games and will be looking to add to that tally against a Southampton defence among the worst in the division.


Eden Hazard scored in the Blues' 2-0 win at St Mary's last season, and should feel confident of grabbing another goal against the beleaguered Saints. Willian will keep his place on the right hand side.