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Chelsea can lift the shield for the fifth time in their history if they overcome Arsenal, with their last triumph coming in 2009 against Manchester United.
Chelsea will be without the services of their star midfielder Eden Hazard as the Belgian recovers from a broken ankle he sustained while on international duty and Cesc Fabregas is expected to line up in the centre of the pitch alongside N’Golo Kante.
In addition, Pedro will not be risked after suffering a concussion in his side’s earlier pre-season friendly against the Gunners in Bejing two weeks ago. The former Barcelona star had a nasty collision with David Ospina and will wear a mask due to the fact he sustained multiple fractures to his face.
New signing Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived from Monaco with a pre-existing injury and he is not likely to feature until a few weeks into the season, but Alvaro Morata should play.
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