Chelsea vs Burnley: The Defending Champions' Potential Starting Lineup

Chelsea vs Burnley: The Defending Champions' Potential Starting Lineup

​The champions begin their title defence with a home game against minnows Burnley. With Diego Costa having fallen down the pecking order and with midfield mainstays Eden Hazard and Pedro and new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko out of contention with injuries, Antonio Conte will have a lot of permutation and combination to do ahead of the season opener. 


Below, we present to you the expected line up for the Blues tonight. 

Goalkeeper

  • Courtois
    Courtois13

Arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove last season and will want to continue the same form this season.​

Defence

  • Rüdiger
    Rüdiger2
  • Cahill
    Cahill24
  • Luiz
    Luiz30

Antonio Rudiger could make his debut for the Blues tonight alongside the experienced duo of Cahill and David Luiz. Up against a side not particularly known for its attacking bent of mind, a three man defence would suffice, with Alonso and Azpilicueta regularly falling back. Hope they don't miss Nemanja Matic much though.

Midfield

  • Azpilicueta
    Azpilicueta28
  • Cesc
    Cesc4
  • Kanté
    Kanté7
  • Alonso
    Alonso3

Missing Eden Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko and Moses, Conte will have to rely on Fabregas to pull the strings in the midfield ahead of Kante who will have a  lot of work to do manning the entire length of the midfield. Azpilicueta and Alonso could be used as wing-backs, depending on the situation. Not the best of midfields I admit.

Forwards

  • Willian
    Willian22
  • Morata
    Morata9
  • Batshuayi
    Batshuayi23

​Alvaro Morata is likely to start in the centre with Michy Batshuayi and Willian on either side. Not a striker naturally, Willian's main job tonight will be that of a provider with Batshauyi and Morata to take care of the finishing. Though not the most lethal attack line, the three could prove to be menace for Burnley's defenders.