Mason Mount in for Mateo Kovacic is the only change from our midweek Super Cup starting team as Olivier Giroud continues to lead the line in our first home game of the season.
Mount is making his first senior Blues appearance at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City and the 20-year-old returns alongside Pedro and Christian Pulisic in attack, with Giroud up top following his goal against Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday. The American makes his home debut.
The back four and goalkeeper are unchanged, with Kepa protected by captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Emerson. N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are retained in what is expected to be a two-man central midfield. Willian is fit enough for a place on the bench.
Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:
Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud
Chelsea subs: Caballero, Alonso, Barkley, Abraham, Willian, Kovacic, Tomori
Leicester are expected to line up as follows:
Schmeichel (c); Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Ndidi, Tielemans, Choudhury; Maddison, Vardy, Perez
Subs: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Barnes, Praet
Chelsea's recent home record
Chelsea have won our opening home league match in 14 of the last 16 seasons (14 wins, one draw, one defeat), with our only defeat coming as reigning champions in 2017/18 against Burnley.
Chelsea have only lost one of our last 22 home league games (13 wins eight draws), though that defeat did come against Leicester in December 2018.
The Blues have failed to score in two consecutive top-flight games, last doing so in three in a row in September 2007 (a run of four).
In his playing career for the Blues, Frank Lampard scored three goals against Leicester, and won all five games he played against them.
League games since:A home win: 0A home draw: 1A home defeat: 9
Chelsea vs Leicester head-to-head record
The Foxes were the only away side to win at Stamford Bridge last season in our 19 league home matches. Leicester’s 1-0 victory was only their second at the Bridge against the Blues in 13 meetings in the competition, and their first since September 2000.
Chelsea last won at home against Leicester in October 2016. Goals came from Diego Costa (7), Eden Hazard (33) and Victor Moses (80) in a 3-0 victory.
Leicester are looking to win consecutive away league matches against Chelsea for the first time since October 1961.
Biggest league win for each team:Leicester 0-4 Chelsea 2003/04Chelsea 4-0 Leicester 1924/25, 1957/58, 1994/95Leicester 4-0 Chelsea 1924/25Leicester’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 3-1 in 1960/61 and 1961/62
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH
CHELSEA 0 LEICESTER CITY 1Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 22.12.18, 3pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho (Fàbregas 74), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 60); Pedro, Hazard, Willian (Giroud 61)Unused subs Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Barkley.Injured Christensen, MorataHead coach Maurizio Sarri
Leicester (4-3-3) Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi; Albrighton, Vardy (Iheanacho 83), Maddison (Gray 82).Unused subs Ward, Fuchs, Evans, Iborra, Okazaki.Manager Claude PuelBooked Ndidi 30, Mendy 80Scorer Vardy 51
Referee Lee ProbertAttendance 40,558