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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Premier League after a fortnight away. Chelsea entertain champions Leicester City in the early kick-off. Follow the latest here.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent as the Premier League comes hurtling back into our lives after a week of international football. We'll leave it to your judgement as to whether that's a good thing or not. Champions Leicester City make the trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before an almost full fixture of Premier League matches take place across the country.

Everything you need to know for Chelsea vs Leicester

First up in the Premier League this weekend, it's a trip to the capital for the Champions.
The team news from Stamford Bridge has arrived...
...and Antonio Conte makes just one change to the Chelsea side that last took to the pitch before the international break. Willian has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother and that allows Pedro to come into the team. John Terry is back from injury but only on the bench which means Gary Cahill continues to captain the Blues. N'Golo Kante plays against his former club.
Claudio Ranieri promised changes on his return to Stamford Bridge ahead of a busy week for Leicester City, and he has been true to his words. Following a goalless draw with Southampton a fortnight ago, the Italian makes three significant alterations with Danny Simpson, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani all dropping to the bench. In come Luis Hernandez, Jeff Schlupp and Ahmed Musa
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Solanke

Leicester: Schmeichel, Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Schlupp, Musa, Vardy

Subs: Zieler, King, Simpson, Slimani, Gray, Ulloa, Mahrez

Referee: Andre Marriner
Neither Jose Mourinho or Guus Hiddink got the better of Claudio Ranieri last season...
Will Antonio Conte fare any better this lunchtime?
It's a sombre day at Stamford Bridge...
Riyad Mahrez is on the Leicester City substitutes' bench for the first time since October 2015. It's one of three changes made by Claudio Ranieri, but the Italian has explained his reasoning ahead of kick-off this afternoon...
Much is being made of the 3-4-3 formation that Antonio Conte is preparing to use for the first time in the Premier League.
Claudio Ranieri, however, insists that it's not the formation but the Chelsea players that will be crucial to this afternoon's encounter.

Indeed, he may well be right; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are hardly Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.
With FC Copenhagen on the horizon in the Champions League, Claudio Ranieri has clearly spelled out his instructions to key men Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani this afternoon...
Five minutes until kick-off...
The players are out on the pitch and going through their final stretches, Andre Marriner has met with the two captains, a coin has been tossed and we are almost ready to go.
KICK-OFF: Leicester City, in their snazzy red away kit, get the first Premier League fixture of Gameweek 8 underway. Their strip, however, has been the only snazzy aspect to the Foxes' performances on the road this season; the champions have played three and lost three, conceding ten in the process. Can they begin to put that form right this afternoon?
3 mins: Leicester fans are already being hung out to dry by social media masterminds for booing their former player N'Golo Kante, but the reality is there's only around five dissenting voices in the away end of Stamford Bridge. I've had more intimidating and viscous reactions for leaving the kitchen cupboard open.

Chelsea strike early! Defending corners was Leicester City's undoing at Old Trafford last month, and they've continued in the same vein at Stamford Bridge. From the first such delivery of the game, Nemanja Matic flicked on Eden Hazard's low cross towards the far post where Diego Costa arrived unmarked to strike through Kasper Schmeichel. It's the Spaniard's seventh of the season, and has come giftwrapped in the form of slack defending from Leicester captain Wes Morgan who allowed the striker to roam free in the penalty box.
11 mins: Leicester are in danger of losing this match no sooner than it had begun - and not for the first time this season. Last ditch defending keeps Chelsea at bay for now, but the away side can do little more than clear their lines. The match is being played solely inside the visitors' half with Marcos Alonso particularly prevalent down the left.
15 mins: Danny Drinkwater hasn't seen much of the ball in the Leicester midfield, but he's seen plenty of David Luiz's forearm - or perhaps not. The Englishman has just been absolutely clattered on the blindside by the Chelsea defender as he attempted to spark a rare attack forward. Clumsy and late rather than malicious, Drinkwater will be feeling that challenge for a while.

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