Chelsea will travel to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, hoping to maintain their impressive recent run of form in the Premier League.
The Blues will be slightly disappointed with their 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal last weekend, as they have traditionally put the Gunners to the sword in the yearly home league encounter.
The away side are unbeaten since their disastrous 3-2 opening day loss to Burnley, and here’s the starting XI who boss Antonio Conte could pick to see off the plucky Potters on Saturday…
Chelsea have lost reborn defensive warrior David Luiz for this match, after the Brazilian was sent-off for a wild challenge in last weekend’s draw against Arsenal.
Captain Gary Cahill will be looking to be the Blues’ rock in Conte’s preferred back-three defensive system, alongside summer signing Antonio Rüdiger, who has made an encouraging start to his Chelsea career. César Azpilicueta will complete the defensive line.
Victor Moses is set to continue in the right wing-back position, where he has flourished since boss Conte gave him an extended run in the side. Set-piece sensation Marcos Alonso is likely to start on the opposite flank – arguably Chelsea’s best player so far this season.
Cesc Fàbregas should continue in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield, having convinced his manager of his creative talents. Last season’s PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kanté will be a relentless engine alongside him.
Conte may finally hand club talisman Eden Hazard his first Premier League start of the season, as the tenacious Belgian played an impressive 90 minutes for his side in their emphatic midweek 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forrest in the League Cup.
The often unsung hero Willian should start on the right flank, as regular starter Pedro has struggled to shake off an ankle knock suffered against Arsenal last weekend.
Summer record signing Álvaro Morata is set to lead the line for the Blues, looking to add to his three goals and two assists achieved so far this season.