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CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Boga

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, Kenedy, Scott, Musonda, Morata

Manager: Antonio Conte

BURNLEY (4-4-2) Heaton, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady, Vokes

Subs: Taylor, Arfield, Westwood, Walters, Pope, Long, Barne

Manager: Sean Dyche

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

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Chelsea are set to face Burnley on their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge today.

Here’s the team news and predicted line-ups for the upcoming game, with injuries and suspensions.

Team News

CHELSEA 

  • Pedro won’t feature against Burnley after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal in the Community Shield;
  • Eden Hazard is still out as he’s expected to return in a couple of weeks after an ankle injury suffered with Belgium earlier this summer;
  • Also Tiemoue Bakayoko has been ruled out of the game as he still needs to recover;
  • Victor Moses will face a one game ban while Diego Costa is out of Chelsea squad since he’s looking for a new team.

BURNLEY 

  • Midfielder Dean Marney won’t play against Chelsea due to a serious knee injury;
  • Sean Dyche has to face the departure of star Andre Gray, who joined Watford on a club-record move a few days ago.

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) Courtois; Cahill, David Luiz, Rudiger; Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Azpilicueta; Morata, Batshuayi, Willian

BURNLEY (4-4-2) Heaton; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Hendrick, Cork, Arfield; Vokes, Barnes

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Arsenal won their first game of the season with a 4-3 victory against Leicester City at Emirates Stadium. French striker Lacazette scored the opener for the Gunners after just 2 minutes, then Okazaki leveled the game. The first half ended up with a 2-2 result.

Leicester City star Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead with a brace before Ramsey and Giroud completed the comeback in the stoppage time.

Alexis Sanchez was spotted watching on the game from the stands, with exit rumors growing up.

Sanchez

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Chelsea development squad have started their Premier League 2 season with a clean sheet draw against Manchester City.

Joe Edwards’ men failed to get a win on their debut despite playing an impressive second half against the Citizens.

Sunderland and Liverpool won their games while Everton and West Ham are level on points with Chelsea after a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea development squad opened the season with a point in rainy Manchester and are now set to face Derby County on August 8th at Stamford Bridge.

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The Daily Star reports that Chelsea seem ready to up their offer to sign Arsenal winger and England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to £35m.

It is understood Antonio Conte wants at least more 2-3 signings to strengthen his squad, with Joao Cancelo, Danny Rose, Leicester’s Drinkwater and Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly on top of the wishlist.

Chamberlain faced Chelsea in their last game at Wembley, when the Gunners won Community Shield in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

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Chelsea’s Kenedy will join Newcastle United on a season-long loan, according to reports in the Daily Mirror this morning.

The Brazilian star was sent back home from the Blues’ pre-season tour in China following a racist post on his Instagram page and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has repeatedly confirmed he’s not in the plans for the upcoming season.

Then Rafa Benitez, who’s reportedly frustrated over the lack of signings this summer so far, will improve his squad with the 21-year-old.

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Chelsea are interested in signing both Valencia’s Joao Cancelo and Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, according to The Sun.

It is understood Antonio Conte made Juventus star Alex Sandro his main choice, but the Serie A champions stand firm and Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to the England international left-back, who could replace Marcos Alonso as a wing-back.

Chelsea are plotting a £40m bid for the 27-year-old, according to reports in England.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he rates midfielder Nemanja Matic a top player despite the departure to Manchester United.

“Matic knows very well what I think about him, – Conte told SkySportsThe importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this crazy transfer market. And sometimes you must accept different decisions. But he is a great loss for us.”

The Serbia international joined Manchester United on a £40m move a few weeks ago.

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Chelsea have made Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo their top target to strengthen their defense ahead of incoming new season, according to SkySports.

It is understood Blues’ star Victor Moses needs a back-up in his role and also Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are said to be interested in the Portuguese 23-year-old.

Valencia are reportedly asking a fee in the region of €50m for Cancelo, who is contracted at Mestalla until June 2021.

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Pablo Simeone speaking at a press conference has refused to link Chelsea striker Diego Costa to the club.

“I don’t want to comment too much, – the Argentinian manager said – The fact is he is still with Chelsea.

“The most important thing to me is the work of my club in general, not only in training. I have to work with what I have.

Simeone added: “When I found there was no other possibility to get new players at the club I accepted it.

“Maybe I could improve the quality, but for the moment with this team I can work very well and I’m satisfied with that.”

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