Chelsea take on Leicester City in the 2014/15 Premier League season at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. There is no Live TV or Radio coverage of this match in the UK. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm BST. The highlights will also be available on SNF – Match Choice on Sky Sports 1 at 10pm.
Chelsea welcome Leicester City for their first home match of the season, and for the second successive week, the Blues are facing one of the newly promoted teams to the Premier League. In their first match of the season, they dispatched Burnley 3-1 at the Turf Moor Stadium.
Chelsea looked commanding in their performance and comfortably won the match despite conceding the first goal. New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas had good debuts, with the former grabbing a goal and the latter providing two assists and picking up the Man of the Match award.
Jose Mourinho's men look every bit the pre-season title favourites, and they can only get stronger as the season wears on. The Stamford Bridge outfit will welcome Ramires back into the fold, after he competed his one match suspension on the opening day.
Meanwhile, new boys Leicester City will hope to repeat their fighting performance against Everton on the opening day. The Foxes played with a lot of heart and courage and came back twice from a goal down to earn a deserved point against a side tipped to be fighting for a place in the top four.
The King Power Stadium outfit, who won the Championship title in 2013/14 at a canter, will experience their first baptism of fire for the season. Stamford Bridge is a daunting task for any team, let alone a team just promoted from the Championship. Mourinho has lost just once at the Bridge during both his stints as Chelsea manager.
Stat of the Match: Chelsea have won their last six matches against Leicester, scoring 20 goals in the process.
What Managers Say
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea): "We had a good reaction - the first part of that reaction was that we were not emotionally affected by the goal we conceded. We kept playing according to the way we are training and the way we want to play. The players were very calm and never lost their composure. They never lost the football idea. In the second half we had control of the game. I was a bit afraid because I know my players are not in the top physical form ready to give the same kind of performance for 90 minutes, so we lost a little bit of attacking appetite, but the control of the game and of possession was always there."
Nigel Pearson (Leicester City): "We've got to get our preparation right and it'll be a good opportunity to test ourselves. We need to do as well as we can. They have real pedigree and knowhow in this division, but we have to create opportunities for ourselves there."
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)
- Chelsea to win: 3/16
- Leicester City to win: 16
- Draw: 6
Probable Lineup: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Probable Lineup: Schmeichel; De Laet, Moore, Morgan, Konchesky; Mahrez, Hammond, King, Knockaert; Ulloa, Nugent