Chelsea begins its most recent title defense with a visit from Jose Mourinho-admired Swansea City on Saturday(Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) in the opening game of the new 2015-16 Premier League season for both clubs.
Mourinho has praised Garry Monk’s wide-open style of play, and Swans will see new signing Andre Ayew make his Premier League debut.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea boss has good news with Diego Costa coming through his hamstring issues — for now — to earn a start atop Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs:Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao.
Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Cork, Routledge, Eder.