The general feeling in the Cherries camp after the first two games was one that they had been slightly hard done by having slipped to narrow defeats in both, but they emphatically put things right at West Ham United with some marvellous attacking play and a much-needed ruthlessness in front of goal. The assault at Upton Park was led by Callum Wilson, who was the epitome of coolness in front of goal as he scored his first career hat-trick.
Since breaking through at Coventry City two years ago, Wilson has looked destined to play at this level, scoring goals at an incredible rate and his pace striking fear into a host of opposition defences. He was helped at West Ham by some defensive sloppiness, but made the most of every opportunity in what was an free-flowing team performance. Dominant before half-time, they had to show character to restore their lead after being pegged back and hold on to a win which will surely give them bags of confidence going forward.
Leicester can also count an away victory at West Ham among their early season achievements, and they have played with an admirable sense of freedom, despite a summer change of manager and the loss of the influential Esteban Cambiasso. Their last game against Tottenham was more a tactical tussle than the opening two outings, but they matched a side with Champions League ambitions and proved their spirit by making an immediate response to going behind late on and coming close to snatching all three points at the death.
Claudio Ranieri has named the same starting XI for all three matches so far, and the team is clearly benefitting from that continuity, playing with real understanding. And one of the team is starring above all others. Riyad Mahrez has begun the season on fire with four goals already, delivering another example of the quality he possesses with an exquisite curling shot to frustrate Spurs. This very much promises to be an exhilarating encounter, with both sides seemingly unwilling to hold back.
There are no new injury concerns for Bournemouth, with Harry Arter remaining the only player unavailable with a groin problem.
Youngster Joe Dodoo could be in the Leicester squad after scoring a hat-trick on his first-team debut at Bury in the midweek Capital One Cup victory. Gokhan Inler could earn his first league start for the club.