Wednesday evening’s game at Stamford Bridge sees European Champions Chelsea host newly promoted Reading.
The game was originally scheduled for the first weekend of September, but has been brought forward due to the Blues involvement in the UEFA Super Cup a week on Friday.
The home side could include Brazilian midfielder Ramires, who missed Sunday’s win over Wigan Athletic, while new signing Marko Marin remains unavailable through injury.
David Luiz also looks likely to miss out after announcing on Twitter that he would not feature due to a knee injury, with Gary Cahill set to deputise.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men are a best price of 1.30 (3/10) with Bet Victor for the victory, whilst Reading are a generous 13.0 (12/1) with the same firm. William Hill offer 6.0 (5/1) for the game to finish all square.
A last minute Adam Le Fondre penalty gave Reading a share of the spoils in their first game back in England’s top division; the game with Stoke finishing 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Veteran striker Jason Roberts will miss this game through suspension, whilst midfielder Jem Karacan has failed to recover from injury in time to feature. Jimmy Kebe is out with a hamstring injury, and newly recruited goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is unlikely to start despite being available for selection.
These two sides last met in January 2008; Chelsea running out 1-0 winners thanks to a Michael Ballack header, while you have to go back over seventy years for the Royals last league victory over the London club.
Belgian international Eden Hazard was impressive in his Premier League debut, and is 7.5 (13/2) to get the first goal with Ladbrokes, with Fernando Torres favourite to open the scoring at 4.33 (10/3) with Bodog.
Gareth McCleary, who signed for Reading from Nottingham Forest in the summer, looked lively when he joined the action on Saturday, winning his side’s penalty. The winger is a massive 29.0 (28/1) with Bet Victor to score first on Wednesday, while Paddy Power offer a price of 51.0 (50/1) for McCLeary to be on the score sheet and Reading to emerge victorious.