By Jack Malone

The Premier League champions from the last two seasons go toe-to-toe at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in what should be an enthralling encounter.

Chelsea won their last league game 2-0 away to Hull City and will be looking to build on that victory against Leicester City this weekend.

However, it has been something of a turbulent week for the Blues, with speculation rife that manager Antonio Conte was on the verge of being sacked after a number of companies suspended betting on the Italian losing his job.

The former Juventus boss will be in the dugout on Saturday and is expected to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that bought success in their last outing.

One man who won’t be featuring is winger Willian; he has been given compassionate leave by the club following the death of his mother this week.

Skipper John Terry is available after missing the last three Premier League matches with an ankle problem, but fellow defender Kurt Zouma is still out along with midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

Victor Moses, who started in the win over the Tigers, is a slight doubt but is expected to play a part.

Leicester have made a disappointing start to the season domestically and currently lie 12th in the table after the opening seven games.

The East Midlands side have struggled to cope with the loss of key man N’Golo Kante in the summer, who now plies his trade with this weekend’s opponents.

Nampalys Mendy is a doubt for this one with a slight ankle sprain, but Claudio Ranieri will be pleased that Danny Drinkwater, Shinji Okazaki and Ben Chilwell are all fit to play.

Matthew James and Yohan Benalouane are both still ruled out through injury.

Demarai Gray could start; he has featured mainly from the bench this season but impressed for the England under-21s during the international break, scoring in the 1-0 win over Kazakhstan.

This will be a tough test for Leicester and on current form it would be a brave man who would bet against a win for the home side here.

Possible Chelsea starting XI (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz; Moses, Oscar, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Costa

Possible Leicester starting XI (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Gray; Slimani, Vardy

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