Premier league champions Chelsea are currently nine points behind league leaders Manchester City, and the Stamford Bridge club can’t afford to lose anymore point if they are to successfully defend the title this season.
Antonio Conte is set to lead his men to clash with Bournemouth on Saturday, before thinking about the Manchester United game to be played next weekend.
The West Londoners won their last two fixtures in all competitions and are expected to beat Bournemouth without issues.
And as far as the team news is concerned, summer signing Alvaro Morata is expected to return to the starting XI. The former Real Madrid striker started on the bench during the last game against Everton and only played for just five minutes.
The duo of Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez are the ones likely to start behind the Spanish international upfront.
Additionally, both N’Golo Kante and Nigerian star player Victor Moses are still out injured. In such a scenario, Zappacosta is expected to take Victor’s place in the right wing-back position, while former Monaco player Tiemoue Bakayoko should take care of the center of the park alongside Cesc Fabregas.
Here is the probable 3-4-3 starting XI Conte is likely to field against Bournemouth.
GK – Courtois
DC – Cahill
DC – Luiz
DC – Azpilicueta
ML – Alonso
MC – Cesc
MC – Bakayoko
MR – Zappacosta
AC – Hazard
AC – Pedro
FC – Morata