After having started the 2014-2015 season in style, Chelsea gear up for their first home match on Saturday against yet another newly promoted side, Leicester City. Last time these two sides met was in 2012 in the FA Cup quarter final with Chelsea running out 5-2 winners.
The last match for Chelsea was all about seeing how the new signings would fare. Needless to say, Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa hit the ground running. Although Courtois will be disappointed not to have a clean sheet in his league debut, he was faultless for Burnley’s only goal. Throughout the match Courtois commanded his area and was accurate with his distribution, even pulled off a fine save at full stretch from Arfield.
Costa scored his first ever Premier League goal as Chelsea equalised four minutes after going a goal down, while Fabregas ran the show for the whole ninety minutes, playing a part in the first goal and providing direct assists for the next two. The second goal in particular was something special, a culmination of twenty passes, with Fabregas seeing the run of Schurrle and providing him with an exquisite first-time cushioned ball which Schurrle converted with his first touch.
Andre Schurrle was full of running, full of energy. He looked to have brought along his world cup form to the Premier League. His one-touch side footed finish oozed confidence. Also, Eden Hazard showed his dribbling ability, with quite a few mazy runs through defenders, one of which played a part in the second goal.
Leicester City announced their arrival in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against Everton. Manager Nigel Pearson will be quite encouraged by his side’s display against the Toffees and will be confident his side have what it takes to pull off an upset early on in the season. While none of the Chelsea players have a fitness issue, a number of Leicester players are doubts for the game including Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy, while Mathhew Upson is sidelined with a foot injury. Chelsea have won their last six matches against Leicester City scoring twenty goals.
Predicted Starting Line-up: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Schurrle, Hazard; Costa.
Date/time: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 15:00 pm BST, 7:30 pm IST.
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England. Capacity 41,837.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City
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