Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 12th May 2019

Venue: King Power Stadium

Kick-off: 15:00 BST

 

 

 

After wishing this season over on an almost weekly basis for months, we’ve finally arrived at the last day.

I’m still worn out from watching the game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, so I have no expectations from our players today whatsoever. Not that I’ve had much expectation this campaign anyway, but we’ve managed a top four finish irrespective of today’s result and a European Cup final, so fair play.

Whatever the cult say, I still believe we’ve done this in spite of the current manager – as we have on many occasions over the years – I also believe we’d better make the most of it because with a two-window transfer ban and no sign of Sarri’s cards being issued, this will be the last chance of silverware we’ll have for a while.

Our opponents today are finishing their season with a flourish and just one point from today’s game will guarantee them another top-half finish. Their 16 points over the last eight games has only been bettered by Man City and Liverpool, and they only missed out on a point to City last time out as a result of Kompany’s belter taking all 3 points for City.

That was Monday of course, so they’ll come into today’s game well-rested, unlike us. Quite aside from us having a trip to the US and a European final to think about, the physical and psychological advantage Leicester will have, will make all the difference for them today and I suspect, this will just be another game in a long line I’ll be wishing away the minutes for the final whistle.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says “The season doesn’t finish until the final whistle against Chelsea. We have a responsibility to the supporters to fight to the end, and we have a responsibility to ourselves.  It’s our last game here of what’s been a very difficult season for the supporters as well as ourselves. We will look to get a result, hopefully sign off with a big game and then look to the summer and get excited for a new season.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says “I think the season is really very good because we have reached two finals and we have finished in the top four.  Of course in a final you need to be lucky. It is important to arrive in a final but now we want to win and if we are able to win a trophy, after the top-four finish, we have finished the season in a very strong way.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Leicester, Matty James (Achilles) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) are out. Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki could make farewell appearances.

For Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles), Antonio Rudiger (knee) and N’Golo Kante (hamstring) are absent and Andreas Christensen is a doubt having gone off injured midweek. Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be available although to be fair, anyone who played Thursday night will be a bit battle-weary anyway.

 

TEAMS

LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Choudhury, Maddison; Vardy

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hazard, Higuain, Pedro

 

LAST SEASON

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea (9th September 2017)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

LEICESTER: WWLDWL

CHELSEA: WWLDDW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • This is the 100th league meeting, with Chelsea winning 46 times to Leicester’s 25
  • Leicester won the reverse fixture 1-0
  • Chelsea have won on six of their seven competitive visits to the King Power Stadium
  • Leicester have won four of their past five home league matches
  • Leicester’s 16 points over the last eight games has only been bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool.
  • Leicester have only won their final Premier League fixture in three seasons out of 12
  • Chelsea could go nine successive Premier League away matches without a clean sheet for the first time since February 2001.
  • Chelsea’s only away victory in eight attempts this season against a side currently in the top half of the table came on Boxing Day (Watford).

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Leicester 2-0 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Leicester 2-2 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea


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