Stoke City vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

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"Antonio Conte will select a team with those games in mind and I feel he could be well served utilising Chelsea's talented pool of youngsters this season".

Another young player Conte hopes will make a big impact this season is France global Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at the Potters and not eligible to play this weekend.

The champions have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League this season - and that's without their self-styled baddie Diego Costa.

"Yes, Bakayoko is fit". Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, then against Manchester City in the league.

There are fears that the player who joined Chelsea this summer from Monaco might have suffered internal injury in the crash, but the Blues gaffer has given an update on the development.

"There is always a reaction on the back of a disappointing result, and we fully expect the performance to be markedly better this weekend".

He said: 'For sure it will be a really tough game. If they stay in our squad it means we trust them. "A good test and challenge for us".

But the Chelsea boss did at least pay tribute to the impact he made as a player - before swiftly cutting off any further questions about the Spanish star.

"If you did well in the past, it's OK, but we have to work for the present and the future to build something important for this club".

And former Arsenal man Merson is tipping the north London side to claim all three points when they take on the Baggies in front of their home fans next week.

Think you can do better than Lawro?

Wenger watched his side book their place in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win over Doncaster at The Emirates.

Chelsea forward Pedro will return to Antonio Conte's squad for the trip to Stoke on Saturday while Tiemoue Bakayoko is available despite being involved in a auto accident on Thursday.

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