Villas-Boas will lead his team to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, to take on Sunderland. This season, Chelsea have not enjoyed a customary high-flying start - they have been slow, cautious, and even dysfunctional at times, but have taken 7 out of the available 9 points nonetheless. TheHardTackle previews the encounter.

Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns to face a stern West Brom side in a bid to secure a perfect start to their title defence. Will the Red Devils come back will all three points or will the Baggies make an early dent in their title charge? TheHardTackle provides the preview of the game with all the team news and tactical analysis.

Chelsea travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City - a game which cannot be considered a walk in the park by any stretch of imagination. Especially, when one considers the extent of damage that injuries have already done to the Chelsea first team squad. TheHardTackle previews the first league match of Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea.

The season begins with a bang at Wembley in the Community Shield match between Manchester rivals, City and United. Expect no love lost in the charity game as both teams wll be eager to gain one over the other. THT previews the high profile curtain raiser.