It’s a midweek game for the Blues on Wednesday, as they take on Leicester City in the 34th match of their campaign.
A win would take Jose Mourinho’s side 3 points closer to their 5th Premier League title while a win for Leicester would almost guarantee their survival in the Premier League. The current league leaders ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Team News, Injury Updates and Suspensions
For Leicester City, David Nugent (calf) and Jeffrey Schlupp (knock) remain doubtful and may well miss out. Jamie Vardy, who played through pain in their previous outing, is also doubtful and is going to be monitored. Chris Wood returns after a short loan spell with Ipswich Town.
Jose had said in the pre-match interview that Diego may or may not be fit and might be rested for this game as a precaution.
There is good news for Mourinho as Oscar, who suffered a concussion against Arsenal, has been released from the hospital and will be available for selection. Loic Remy, however, is still injured.
Despite being at home, Leicester aren’t expected to play any expansive football. They usually play with a back five and two strikers up front. So they will be defending deep, with their strikers Ulloa and Yardy/Kramaric hoping to test Terry and Cahill with their pace on the counter. Former Inter Milan player Esteban Cambiasso will be playing against his former manager and is expected to play a key role in midfield.
On the other hand, Chelsea won’t need to be as defensive as they were against Arsenal, with both the fullbacks expected to overlap, unlike at the Emirates. Moreover, we might see Ramires and Matic in midfield, with Fabregas playing as the No. 10. Oscar may be used as a second half substitute. It will be back to the normal 4-2-3-1 formation for Chelsea after a hybrid 4-3-3 against Arsenal. We will be most likely have Drogba back as the central striker.
Some Interesting Fact
– Victory would see Leicester claim five consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since 1964.
– Jamie Vardy has scored three goals and set up two in his last five Premier League appearances.
– The Foxes have claimed 14 points from a possible 27 when fielding January signing Robert Huth.
– They are unbeaten in their last 13 top-flight matches (W9, D4).
– Under Jose Mourinho, the Blues have kept clean sheets in 103 of 191 league games (54%).
– PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has created 88 goal-scoring chances in this season, more than any other player
Last Five Meetings
Chelsea 2 – 0 Leicester City, 23rd August 2014
Chelsea 5 – 2 Leicester City, 18th March 2012
Chelsea 4 – 3 Leicester City, 31st October 2007
Leicester City 0 – 4 Chelsea, 11th January 2004
Chelsea 2 – 1 Leicester City, 23rd August 2003
Predicted Starting Line-ups
Courtois (GK), Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (C), Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Hazard, Fabregas, Willian, Drogba.
Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan; Albrighton, King, Drinkwater, Cambiasso, Konchesky; Vardy, Kramaric.
Leicester City 0-2 Chelsea
Date- 29 April 2015
Time- 19:45 BST/00:15 IST (30/04/2015)
Stadium- King Power Stadium
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni