CHELSEA NEWS UPDATES OF INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS TOTTENHAM TODAY
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Wembley on Sunday evening
Chelsea face Tottenham at the weekend as they look to bounce back from a 2-3 defeat to Burnley on the opening day of their Premier League title defence.
The second week of the season sees Chelsea as the first visitors to arrive to Spurs’ new and temporary home of Wembley Stadium. Spurs have moved to Wembley as they finish off the building of their new stadium after leaving White Hart Lane at the end of last year.
They go into the game having beaten Newcastle United at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season and Chelsea are working this week to improve their selection problems ahead of the game.
Conte is faced with a host of selection problems after Chelsea sustained two red cards versus Burnley. Eden Hazard and Pedro face late fitness tests as Conte admits that Pedro trained but remains in “pain” from an ankle injury.
Tiemoue Bakayoko looks likely to make his debut and possibly even start but Conte admits that rushing him back means risking re-injuring him.
Victor Moses was out of the defeat at Stamford Bridge last week but he is the main positive as he returns from suspension.
Hazard and Bakayoko played in an 8-0 win in a behind closed doors friendly versus a Queen’s Park Rangers XI at Cobham Training Centre this week as Conte assesses his options.
Diego Costa has been ordered back to Cobham to train as he remains away from the first team group in Brazil. He has no chance of playing against Spurs and he is still expected to be sold, with Atletico Madrid his most likely destination.
Victor Moses is back after missing Burnley at the weekend due to a red card he picked up against Arsenal in the FA Cup final last season.
However, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are out of the weekend’s action as Chelsea went down to nine men versus Burnley. Cahill misses three games, while Fabregas misses one.
POTENTIAL STARTING LINE–UP
Chelsea have continued into the new season with the 3-4-3 formation that brought them title glory last term. Conte is likely to keep using this winning shape and the return of Moses will bring back some much needed balance to the side.
Jeremie Boga started on the wing as options were limited on the opening day of the season, but if Pedro is fit he will likely come back in for the Ivory Coast international.
Alvaro Morata may have done enough to convince Conte to give him his first start after getting a goal and an assist on his debut. Michy Batshuayi struggled last weekend and Conte may opt to switch his front men around.
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Chelsea face selection problems in centre midfield with N’Golo Kante as the only fit and available senior player who performs in that role. It is likely that David Luiz or Andreas Christensen will start in the middle.
Kyle Scott is another option to play in central midfield but he will likely be on the bench, which will once again be very youthful, as Chelsea aim to add new players in the transfer market before 31 August. Bakayoko and Hazard are not expected to be rushed back into the starting line up.