LONDON, Sporting Alert – John Terry is fit again but is only on the bench today for Chelsea against Leicester City in an English Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
Terry is available again after recovering from an injury, but manager Antonio Conte has decided to stick with a three-man centre-back of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso will play as wing-backs again in this contest.
Meanwhile, as expected, winger Willian misses out for the Blues today to for family reasons.
The Brazilian has been given compassionate leave by the club, following the passing of his mother, and he is replaced by Spanish forward Pedro in the only change to Conte’s side from the starting line-up that featured in the 2-0 win over Hull City before the international break.
Keeping their places in the starting XI are N’Golo Kante, who faces his former club, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, who leads the English Premier League goalscoring chart and is looking to add to that tally.
Costa has six goals in seven games.
In the meantime, Claudio Ranieri makes three changes to his Leicester starting XI and there are a few surprises to tell you about from the team that started in the goalless draw against Southampton prior to the international break.
Highlighting the changes are Riyad Mahrez and club-record signing Islam Slimani, who were both dropped to the bench for today’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Mahrez, one of the star players for the Foxes when they won the English Premier League crown last season, has been struggling to find his best form and Ranieri believes it would be a good idea to use him off the bench today.
Coming into the starting team then are Jeffrey Schlupp and Ahmed Musa, while Luis Hernandez also replaces Danny Simpson at right-back.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Solanke
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Schlupp, Musa, Vardy. Subs: Zieler, King, Simpson, Slimani, Gray, Ulloa, Mahrez
Referee: Andre Marriner