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Alternate Chelsea lineup (3-4-3) to face Stoke City, Bakayoko starts

Alternate Chelsea lineup (3-4-3) to face Stoke City, Bakayoko starts

Bakayoko could start ahead of Fabregas

Chelsea visit Stoke City in the Premier League later this afternoon. The Blues are unbeaten since the opening day defeat to Burnley, and they will be looking to maintain the run against Mark Hughes' side, who have impressed at the Bet365 Stadium this season.


Thibaut Courtois is a certainty in goal as he is the first-choice for the Premier League duties. The backline could see familiar faces in Cesar Azpilicueta, and Gary Cahill while Antonio Rudiger could take up David Luiz position with the Brazilian serving a three-match suspension.

Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have remained regulars since the start of the campaign, and they will slot into their right wing-back and left wing-back positions respectively.

Cesc Fabregas has started the last three league games on the trot, but the trip to Stoke City may require a powerful midfield presence - which could entice Conte to go with Tiemoue Bakayoko and N'Golo Kante.

Moving forward, Pedro may make the bench at best after suffering a minor ankle knock against Arsenal, and this could see Willian feature on the right side of the attack.

Eden Hazard looks fully fit after playing the full 90 minutes in the League Cup in midweek, and he is likely to start on the left wing. Alvaro Morata did not have the best of games in the goalless draw versus Arsenal, but he remains the undisputed choice for the striker's role.