Chelsea vs Leicester City
Saturday August 23
After their thrashing of Burnley on Monday night, many Premier League fans were quick to tip Chelsea as favourites for the title this season.
While making judgements about a long season after a single game is obviously a risky strategy, the Blues were very impressive as they almost effortlessly brushed aside the Premier League new boys.
Jose Mourinho obviously thinks so too and, because there are no new injury worried for the Chelsea boss, he has named an unchanged starting XI to take on Leicester City.
Here are the teams...
Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; D Costa.
Subs: Cech, Zouma, F Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Drogba.
Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, King, Hammond, Schlupp, Ulloa, Nugent.
Subs: Hamer, Albrighton, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Wood.
Home fans expectant
Chelsea welcome more top flight newcomers in the form of the Foxes for the second league match of their season and the Stamford Bridge crowd will be expecting another straightforward victory for the first home match of the season.
However, Leicester showed they will be no pushovers in their opener against Everton at the King Power Stadium, twice coming from behind to secure a 2-2 draw. Chris Wood came off the bench to be the hero and score the late equaliser in that match, but the New Zealander will have to make do with a place on the bench once again.
One surprise decision by Mourinho is the omission of Fernando Torres, who doesn't even get a place on the substitutes' bench. This move by Mourinho comes amid speculation that the Spain striker could be leaving Chelsea before the transfer window closes to either AC Milan, as a replacement for Mario Balotelli, or AS Roma.
History doesn't bode well for the visitors
A heavy defeat for Nigel Adkins' side would not be a huge surprise because Chelsea have won the last six meetings between the sides and in the three most recent of those the Blues have scored at least four goals - it could be a long day for Leicester.