Wounded Chelsea take on Spurs

And the Spain worldwide striker could be elevated to the starting XI for a demanding clash at Wembley with Tottenham, who are playing their home matches at the venue this season during the construction of a new stadium on the site of White Hart Lane.

Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are suspended following their dismissals against the Clarets, meaning Bakayoko could make his debut following his summer arrival from Monaco.

Harry Kane, who has NEVER scored a goal in August, is 2/1.

The biggest problem that Conte faces, going into this match is finding reinforcements for his midfield.

Matic has already drawn praise for the manner of his performances in an United shirt, and the Serbia global clearly revelled in his league debut for the Europa League holders in last weekend's 4-0 thumping of West Ham.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h00.

Although, these circumstances have depleted Chelsea's squad strength quite a bit for this match, it also affords Conte the opportunity to the formation under which he had thrived at Juventus - the 3-5-2. The Brazilian could take up the defensive role in the middle of the park, alongside Kante, with Willian playing as more of an attacking midfielder ahead of them.

He made a positive start to life in west London with a goal and an assist despite that defeat and Conte insisted that given today market - where Liverpool are rejecting £110m+ offers for Philippe Coutinho - Morata is a bargain signing for the Blues.

"Usually when you don't play regularly you lose sometimes your performance, sometimes your quality in your physical condition". His goalscoring eye is brilliant, and a game in front of the home crowd may be all he needs to open his account this season.

Chelsea will play in the Champions League after a gap of one season as they had failed to qualify for the 2016-17 campaign having finished the 2015-16 EPL season in the 10th position.

Spurs will fancy their chances of picking up all three points against Chelsea at Wembley.

Tottenham brushed off talk of their own problems over transfers and wage demands with a 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, and apart from right-back Kieran Trippier they should be at full strength.

Vanessa Coleman

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