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How should Chelsea line up against Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday?

How should Chelsea line up against Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday?

Chelsea only get two full days to rest and recover before the next game, although given that only Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas played in both games this week (and Fabregas only 55 minutes), the squad should be well rested for this trip up to the Potteries. Eden Hazard, like Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger did complete the full 90 minutes on Wednesday. Two confirmed absentees for this game: Danny Drinkwater, who’s out until after the October international break and David Luiz, who is suspended (and also has a broken wrist, but that doesn’t really matter). Pedro picked up an ankle...
Stoke City vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Three keys to the match for Antonio Conte

Stoke City vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Three keys to the match for Antonio Conte

1. Hazard health, fitness Since Eden Hazard started midweek against Nottingham Forest, it would be safe to assume that he’s back to full fitness. But given that he played the full game (the only first-team regular other than Gary Cahill to do so), should he start alongside Alvaro Morata and either Pedro or Willian in Chelsea's attack, with two tougher games on tap in the next seven days? “I’m pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well. He played with great intensity. Now he has overcome his injury and we have to play three games so, yes, there is the possibility...
Charly Musonda Jr reflects on the excitement and emotion of his full Chelsea debut and debut goal

Charly Musonda Jr reflects on the excitement and emotion of his full Chelsea debut and debut goal

Michy Batshuayi may have grabbed a hat-trick (left foot, right foot ... stomach?), but the star of the night was a different Belgian, one who has been at the club for five years but not named Eden Hazard. We’re talking of course about Charly Musonda, who, alongside his brothers, signed in 2012 and has since been one of the brightest prospects in the Chelsea Academy and Loan System. His debut (and third appearance overall) has been hotly anticipated for a while now, and fortunately, it lived up to expectations, with plenty of endeavor, effort, and even a debut goal. There’s never...
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Chelsea team news: CFC handed major fitness boost, Bakayoko update after car accident plus one absentee

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that Eden Hazard has fully recovered from injury and will be available to feature moving forward. The Belgian international has made just four appearances so far this season with limited minutes after starting the campaign with an injury picked up on international duty. Having steadily picked up his comeback, […] The post Chelsea team news: CFC handed major fitness boost, Bakayoko update after car accident plus one absentee appeared first on CaughtOffside.

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