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CHELSEA v Leicester: Preview

Date: Sunday 18th August 2019

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 16:30 BST

 

 

 

It’s Frank Lampard’s first home game in charge of Chelsea in the Premier League and with defeats against United in the League last weekend and Liverpool in the Super Cup midweek, he’ll be putting himself under pressure to turn the performances into points. We looked good for an hour against United and despite the eventual 4-0 defeat, the new Chelsea boss somehow managed to lift the players enough to put in an even more convincing performance against Liverpool, losing only on the final penalty kick.

No doubt about it, even in these early stages and with a bit of a makeshift side due to the transfer ban and injuries, we look a much better prospect under Lampard. The mix of keen, young talent with the more motivated, experienced players, is capturing the right sort of attention outside of the club and harnessing the pride we’ve been missing inside it. (For the record, racist idiots won’t get wordcounts on here).

Today’s opponents have a decent record at Stamford Bridge though, they beat us last season and won’t be easy to take points off either. So whilst we’ll undoubtedly feel we deserve a win, there’s no guarantee it’ll come this afternoon.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into his first home game in charge of Chelsea in the Premier League, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says “I’m proud to manage this club. I’ve been back a few times and had great support so it will be an emotional, special day for me but the important thing is that we win the game.”

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers meanwhile, says “It’s a long season. For us, it’s step by step. We made a solid start last weekend and we were defensively very good.  The competition is very tough, but we’ve got a talented squad that we’re developing over time.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) and Reece James (ankle) both remain out and Andreas Christensen will face a late test after limping against Liverpool in the Super Cup midweek. Antonio Rudiger and Willian (both knee) could both return.

For Leicester, Filip Benkovic (ankle) remains out but Brendan Rodgers’ has no other injury concerns. Dennis Praet could make his debut after his move from Sampdoria.

 

 TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible starting line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Pedro, Abraham, Pulisic

LEICESTER (Possible starting line-up): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison; Barnes, Vardy, Albrighton

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 0-1 Leicester (22nd December 2018)

 

 CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: L

LEICESTER: D

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Leicester beat us at Stamford Bridge last season.
  • Chelsea have won their opening home league match of the season in 14 of the past 16 seasons.
  • Chelsea have only lost one of their last 22 home league games (coincidentally against Leicester last season).
  • Chelsea have only once previously failed to score in both of their opening two fixtures of a Premier League season (1995-96).
  • Leicester scored 27 goals away from home in the Premier League last season
  • Leicester have failed to score in each of their past three games.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester

Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-2 Leicester

Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester

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