Pick And Share Your Chelsea Side To Beat Barcelona

 • by Danny Lee
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After a season away Chelsea are back in the Champions League knockout stages and tonight the Blues welcome familiar foes to Stamford Bridge; La Liga leaders Barcelona.

The two have a long and storied history and a fierce rivalry developed after several controversial refereeing decisions went against the Blues. Tonight that ill-feeling between the two clubs may be rekindled.

Chelsea are expected to welcome Marcos Alonso back into the side after he returned to training following injury. Andreas Christensen should start too in the centre of defence.

The biggest decision for Conte will be who partners N’Golo Kanté in midfield. Cesc Fabregas isn’t defensively reliable which could mean Danny Drinkwater remains in the starting XI.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Chelsea side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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