MX23RW : Monday, December 10 16:15:09
Aug 12, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41,616
Chelsea
2-3
Burnley
Morata (69'), Luiz (88')
Cahill (14'), Fabregas (81')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Vokes (24', 42'), Ward (39')

Team News: Alvaro Morata on bench for Chelsea

Alvaro Morata starts on the bench as Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge.

Club-record signing Alvaro Morata starts on the bench as Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Blues manager Antonio Conte puts his faith in 20-year-old Jeremie Boga - making his first senior appearance - up front as the Premier League champions begin the defence of their title.

The youngster starts alongside Willian and Michy Batshuayi in a 3-4-3 formation, with Diego Costa still exiled by Conte and Eden Hazard and Pedro sidelined with ankle knocks.

N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas are in the heart of the midfield, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso on either wing, while summer signing Antonio Rudiger makes his league debut in the back three alongside David Luiz and newly-appointed skipper Gary Cahill. Thibaut Courtois remains in place between the sticks.

Options on the bench include the likes of youngsters Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, as well as Kenedy, despite his controversial exit from the club's pre-season tour of the Far East.

For Burnley, Sean Dyche starts with Sam Vokes in a lone striker role following the departure of Andre Gray to rivals Watford.

Former Swansea City midfielder Jack Cork makes his debut for the club alongside Jeff Hendrick, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady.

Tom Heaton is back in goal, while James Tarkowski starts in the back four alongside Matthew Lowton, Stephen Ward and Ben Mee in the wake of Michael Keane's exit for Everton.

Summer signing Jonathan Walters starts the game on the bench, while Phil Bardsley misses out on a place in the squad as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.

Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Boga
Subs: Cabellero, Christensen, Tomori, Kenedy, Scott, Musonda, Morata

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady; Vokes
Subs: Taylor, Arfield, Westwood, Walters, Pope, Long, Barnes

Keep up with every twist and turn from Stamford Bridge this afternoon with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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