Chelsea news: Antonio Conte to drop Alvaro Morata AGAIN | Football | Sport


That’s the verdict of former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who believes the Blues boss will have an eye on the weekend encounter with Everton.

Morata was left on the bench for Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday but came on ahead of fellow sub Batshuayi in the second half.

Chelsea have overcome Nottingham Forest and Everton to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals this season, scoring seven goals in the process.

And the competition is their earliest chance to secure a trophy this term with the final set to take place at Wembley on February 25.

Nicholas thinks Conte will be slightly bothered about their upcoming Premier League showdown with Everton though.

And he’s tipped the Italian to alter his starting XI, with Charly Musonda also backed to come in at Stamford Bridge.

“Bournemouth got a seeing-to on Sunday but the slightly good news is Chelsea, whom I covered on Soccer Saturday, were very flat against Southampton,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

Antonio Conte will have one eye on Everton away on Saturday so I think there will be changes with the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda given another chance.

“However, their visitors are in a relegation battle and after a 4-0 battering, they’ll need every ounce of energy to prevent an even bigger hammering when they visit Manchester City on Saturday.”

Nicholas has tipped Chelsea to beat Bournemouth 2-0, with Batshuayi to get his name on the scoresheet first.

Conte’s men sit third in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park.

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