Chelsea will be seeking to build on their first win under new boss Mauricio Pochettino when they face League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the English Football League Cup on Wednesday night.
The Blues beat newly promoted Luton Town 3-0 for their first win in the new season and will be confident heading into the cup competition.
However, having failed to secure European football last season, Chelsea have to start at an early stage and need to overcome any possible upsets when they face AFC Wimbledon for the very first time in a competitive match.
Despite playing at home, they will need to be on the lookout as Wimbledon are unbeaten this season in all competitions (W3 D3).
The Dons also knocked out Championship side Coventry 2-1 in the first round and will head to the Stamford Bridge believing they can upset the apple cart against one of the competition favourites.
With the extra motivation of facing an English Premier League giant, can Wimbledon take their chances, or will Chelsea safely secure their passage to the next round?
What time does Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon start?
The game kicks off on Wednesday at 9:45pm Kenyan time at the Stamford Bridge
Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon Team News
Chelsea will miss the services of first team members like captain Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka, Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana who are ruled out of the clash owing to injury while new signing Romeo Lavia is not yet ready to make his debut.
Exciting winger Noni Madueke and young forward Mason Burstow could be handed opportunities to impress.
For Wimbledon, Jake Reeves was forced off against Forest Green over the weekend with a hamstring issue and is a doubt while Armani Little also picked up a knock.
James Ball and Harry Pell were the two to replace them and are favourites to do so once again at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon head to head
This is the first meeting between the two clubs.
Chelsea faced Wimbledon FC on 30 occasions, winning 12 and losing seven of those matches with the most recent encounter in the Premier League back in 2000.
Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon current form
Chelsea have had a mixed start to the season, winning one, drawing one and losing the other match in the three Premier League games they have played.
Prior to that the Blues, went unbeaten in their match to the five preseason matches they played (W3 D2).
AFC Wimbledon on the other hand have not lost a match since July in all competitions (W7 D5).
Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon prediction
AFC Wimbledon are in impressive form so far this season but a match against Chelsea is anticipated to test them to their very limits away at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea also do not have any European competitions to focus on and will be expected to fight for the cup competitions on offer and are heavily backed to navigate AFC Wimbledon’s challenge.