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  • 23 August 2014
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  • • Stamford Bridge, London
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Leicester City 13.00 351.00 15.00 17.00 11.50 15.00
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Chelsea - Leicester Preview: Drogba set for Stamford Bridge return

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Jose Mourinho's side will be expected to make it two wins out of two when they take on Nigel Pearson's men, who secured a 2-2 draw with Everton on opening day

After stylishly dismissing Burnley 3-1 in their opening Premier League game, Chelsea turn their attentions to another newly promoted side with Leicester Citythe visitors to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic were on target as the Blues began the new season in fine fettle and the London club are favourites to win the title after signing Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis.

The Blues will be expected to make it two wins out of two in the top flight on Saturday but World Cup winner Schurrle says there is room for improvement in Jose Mourinho's side.

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"I enjoyed the World Cup a lot, so I got out of that with a lot of confidence," Schurrle told Get West London.

"I came back to Chelsea, and obviously had a very short break. [At Burnley] I think it was a good start for me, but of course we can be better. And when I am 100 per cent fit, there will be more.

"So there's a lot of work for me, but I'm feeling good. I'm enjoying my game, I'm enjoying being on the pitch.

"I think the whole team played well [at Burnley]. We had a lot of control, passes, good combinations. It was a lot of fun on the pitch."

Chelsea have won their last six games in all competitions against Leicester, scoring 13 in the previous three meetings between the two sides.

Ramires comes back into contention after serving a four-match ban and Mourinho must decide whether to make changes or stick with a winning team, as Filipe Luis eyes his first Premier League start at left-back.

Didier Drogba can expect another rapturous reception from the Chelsea fans who worshipped him during his first spell with the club, but the striker may have to settle for a place on the bench once again. 

Chris Wood's late goal ensured Leicester salvaged a 2-2 draw against Everton in their first game back in the Premier League.

The New Zealand striker was on target four minutes from time in an entertaining clash in which record signing Leonardo Ulloa scored on his debut.

It would be a major surprise if Leicester deny Chelsea all three points, but manager Nigel Pearson was encouraged by the manner in which they thwarted Everton.

Winger Marc Albrighton (groin) and striker Jamie Vardy (thigh) could be in contention to feature at Stamford Bridge, but Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Matty James (shin) and Matthew Upson (foot) are ruled out

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28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
26John TerryDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
14Andre SchürrleStriker
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1Petr CechGoalkeeper
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12John Obi MikelMidfielder
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29Liam MooreDefender
10Andy KingMidfielder
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22Riyad MahrezStriker
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27Jeffery ShcluppMidfielder
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