Chelsea have two major injuries to contend with this weekend, and Antonio Conte has been given some big calls to make as the Blues enter an October that sees them combine relatively easy league fixtures with a tough looking Champions League double header against Roma and a League Cup tie against Everton.
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Conte is without Alvaro Morata up front and may opt for a strikerless system as seen below, as he has done in the past when without his main striker. Eden Hazard will be the man to get the nod as we saw in the Man City game after Morata’s departure.
In midfield, a Bakayoko / Fabregas partnership should provide more than enough defensive stability to keep a clean sheet against a Crystal Palace side that have yet to score in the Premier League.
The back 5, at least, remains undisturbed.