Champions League winners Chelsea begin their title defence at home against Juventus, one of true European greats who return to the competition after a two-year absence.
Having finally won the long-awaited title in Europe’s elite competition, the Blues now need to prove they have what it takes to be considered true European giants.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side haven’t done themselves any favours with the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid, but a good result against the Serie A champions would help the team restore save their face.
The heavy defeat in Monaco clearly left a big effect on the squad, with Chelsea ending the three-match winning run in the Premiership as they could only muster a goalless draw at Loftus Road at the weekend.
Even so, online bookmakers seem to believe the Blues are closer to winning this game, with William Hill paying 2.20 (6/5) on home win.
John Terry is available after completing a two-match ban for his red card against Barcelona, while Juan Mata should return after he was rested at the weekend.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech – Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole – Mikel, Lampard – Ramires, Mata, Hazard – Torres.
Following several years of struggles, Juventus are finally back where they belong, competing with the best European sides.
The Bianconeri made sure they remain competitive after winning the Serie A title last term, and signed a number of high-quality players this summer, so nobody was surprised to see them win first four games of the season.
The Italian Super Cup win over Napoli was followed by league triumphs against Parma, Udinese and Genoa, with the Old Lady now 3.80 (14/5) with BetVictor to make it five in a row.
Antonio Conte’s assistant Massimo Carrera will have nearly fully fit squad to choose from after summer signing Maurizio Isla finally recovered from injury.
The Chilean will have to settle for a place on the bench, but Mirko Vucinic, Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner should start after they were rested at the weekend.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Buffon – Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah – Vucinic, Giovinco.