Antonio Conte
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  • Michy Batshuayi will be heading out on loan, leaving no available centre-forward in Antonio Conte’s squad
  • The potential signing of Oliver Giroud won’t be available for the match
  • Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table going into this fixture
  • READ MORE: Centre-forward pictured undergoing medical

Focusing away from the drama of transfer deadline day, Chelsea has other business to attend to as Bournemouth come to town.

As Michy Batshuayi is heading out on loan to Borussia Dortmund with Oliver Giroud taking his possession, Antonio Conte will be left with no natural striker in his team selection for this game.

It’s almost certain that Eden Hazard will lead the line upfront, a role he has been more accustomed to this season. With the presence of Bournemouth’s defence, it’s going to be hard for us to win aerial duels.

However, the trickery of the Belgian along with the likes of Pedro and Ross Barkley supporting him may be too hot for the Cherries’ to handle.

Antonio Conte revealed in his press conference yesterday that Alvaro Morata, David Luiz and Willian were out for the match. The head coach also confirmed that Cesc Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois could feature.

For the visitors, Jermaine Defoe and Tyrone Mings are the only absentees for Wednesday night’s match, the BBC reports.

Three points for the Blues would boost our chances of a spot in next season’s Champions League. Manchester United who are just three points above us in second have a tough fixture away to Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

With the chance to leapfrog United, this is how we believe the champions will line-up against Bournemouth:

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