Carlo Ancelotti insisted last week that the opening matches of the season will prove decisive in the determining the final outcome of the Premier League title race.
If the Chelsea manager is correct, then Ancelotti’s side have already taken a significant step towards retaining the championship with successive 6-0 victories over West Bromwich Albion and Wigan.
Just two games into the new campaign, the Blues are the only side in the top-flight to boast a 100 percent record and with Stoke the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, there appears to be little possibility of their winning run ending this weekend. In contrast to Chelsea’s blistering start, Stoke have yet to claim their first point of the new campaign and will travel south still smarting from the memory of the 7-0 thrashing they endured as Ancelotti’s men took their final strides towards clinching the title.
Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal
Blackpool v Fulham
Chelsea v Stoke City
Spurs v Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton v Newcastle United
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