Barclays Premier League briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for the rest of the opening weekend of action in the Barclays Premier League.
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Sunday, August 18
Jose Mourinho has a number of selection issues to ponder with Cesar Azpilicueta, who was an unused substitute for Spain in Ecuador, and Victor Moses, who was in South Africa with Nigeria, likely to miss out. David Luiz had a limited role on the pre-season tour to the United States and was an unused substitute for Brazil in midweek, so may also be doubtful, while Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel could make their debuts after signing this summer.
Hull boss Steve Bruce is expected to blood a host of summer signings. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, defenders Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies and strikers Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo have all been heavily involved in pre-season, while midfield pair Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are in the squad following their arrival from Tottenham this week. Stephen Quinn is the only injured senior player, he misses out with a hamstring complaint.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Chelsea W W D W W; Hull W L D L D
Referee: Jon Moss
Our verdict: 3-0 - The Blues can start the new Jose Mourinho era with three points.