3-4-3 Predicted Starting Eleven: Chelsea vs Burnley

Chelsea start their Premier League title defence with a match against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

We select the best possible starting lineup that would see the Italian enjoy yet another opening day league victory at Stamford Bridge:

Thibaut Courtois (Goalkeeper) – The Belgian goalkeeper will surely retain his place in the starting lineup following his fine display between the sticks in the Community Shield last weekend, although he won’t be asked to take too many penalties in the future.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Right full-back) – With Moses out of the equation, the Spaniard must be the one selected as the full-back on the right hand side with his experience in the position.

Gary Cahill (Centre-back) – The England international will lead the champions out as the official club captain for the first time following John Terry’s departure this summer.

David Luiz (Centre-back) – The Brazilian is likely to continue his outstanding partnership with Cahill in the heart of the defence as he looks to embark on his six season in the Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger (Centre-back) – With Azpilicueta moving into the full-back role, Rudiger will surely be handed his debut in the Premier League in the centre of the defence with veterans Cahill and Luiz likely to help him adapt.

Marcos Alonso (Left full-back) – The Spaniard is likely to be given the chance to shine in the left full-back role where he produced some impressive displays last season.

N’Golo Kante (Central midfield) – Last year’s PFA Player of the Year will surely be deployed in the heart of the midfield as he looks to win his third Premier League title in just his third season in English football.

Cesc Fabregas (Central midfield) – With Nemanja Matic now plying his trade at Old Trafford for league rivals Manchester United, Cesc Fabregas will surely be given more starts for Chelsea this season especially at home.

FORWARDS

Jeremie Boga (Left- wing) – Conte hinted in his pre match conference that Boga might get the nod over Musonda or even Morata for the Right Wing in the absence of Pedro (injured).

Willian (Right-wing) – With star man Eden Hazard out of the picture through injury, Willian will surely be handed more starts in the opening stages of the season and he’ll be under pressure to perform in the Belgian’s absence.

Alvaro Morata (Striker) – Despite missing a crucial penalty in the shootout last weekend, Morata should be handed his Premier League debut against Burnley. The Spaniard won’t get a better chance to get off to a flying start to his Chelsea career and he’ll be desperate to get on the scoresheet. His introduction will mean that forward Michy Batshuayi will have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench after failing to impress against Arsenal last weekend. The Belgian should be one of two forwards who miss out, along with frozen-out Diego Costa.

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