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Chelsea vs. Leicester City, Premier League: Preview, Game time, TV schedule, live streaming

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The last two Premier League champions meet for a second time this season, but the first time in the league, with the 4-2 League Cup victory by the Blues a distant, fading, forgotten memory.  Another win will surely be expected for Chelsea, as Leicester continue their rather Chelsea-esque title defense.

Date / Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 12:30 BST; 7:30am EDT; 5pm IST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Andre Marriner — back for the second time this season, after the 2-2 draw against Swansea City.

Forecast: Bright, sunny start, morphing into afternoon squalls

On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBCSN, NBC Universo (USA); Star Sports 4 / Select HD1 (India); elsewhere

Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra (USA); Star Sports (India)

Chelsea team news: Cesc Fàbregas and Branislav Ivanović are carrying knocks that will rule them out of the game, but the big news is that John Terry is finally fully recovered form his ankle injury picked up a month ago.  He will presumably slot in as one of the three center-back's in Conte's new-look Chelsea 3-4-3.  Nigerian duo Mikel John Obi and Victor Moses may or may not be available, the latter of whom started against Hull City at right wing-back.  Willian is also out as he returned to Brazil on Thursday on compassionate leave after the passing of his mother.

Chelsea's new tactical look played a key part in the straightforward 2-0 win over Hull prior to the international break, and while Conte stopped short of revealing his plans in his pre-match press conference, he did hint at the continued use of the three-man defense alongside a single striker.  You might call it a 3-4-2-1, or a 3-4-3 for simplicity's sake, which morphs into a 5-4-1 in defense with the wingbacks dropping back and the two support attacking midfielders dropping wide to help out.  It worked a treat against Hull, but the jury's still out on how it will perform against better opposition.

Leicester City team news: Danny Drinkwater and Shinji Okazaki are both doubtful, while Kanté-replacement Nampalys Mendy is out with an ankle injury.  Young Daniel Amartey will continue to be pressed into service in midfield, which should give Chelsea the advantage.

As mentioned at the top, so far this season, The Foxes have managed to match Chelsea's wretched title defense of last season.  While their Champions League campaign is going well enough still, their league form has been sorely lacking.  With just two wins from seven games, including zero points away from home, massive improvement will be needed if they are to make it back Europe next year as well.

View from the enemy: The Fosse Posse

Previously: Let's remember the League Cup fun from last month.