By George – @VintageDidier
Chelsea visit the King Power Stadium in their final fixture of this year’s Premier League. Victory over the Foxes will guarantee a 3rd place finish ahead of Spurs, but with Champions League football already secured for next season, Maurizio Sarri may choose to make wholesale changes from the side that beat Frankfurt in midweek.
The reverse fixture saw Leicester narrowly edge Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Jamie Vardy scoring the only goal of the game. Since then, Brendan Rodgers has taken over as Leicester manager and his new look Foxes side could pose a difficult challenge. A notable victory against Arsenal and resilient performance against Man City in the past two games have demonstrated the potential this Leicester side could have for the coming seasons.
With Chelsea achieving their objective of a Top Four finish and Leicester having effectively nothing to play for – it will be interesting to see how both sets of managers approach the game; in particular with Chelsea having one eye on the Europa League Final as well as a post-season friendly in Boston.
- Chelsea have six wins in their last seven visits to the King Power, with the exception to that being during Leicesters title-winning campaign
- Sunday’s game will be the 100th league fixture between the two sides; with Chelsea winning 46 of those meetings.
- Brendan Rodgers has faced Chelsea a total of 11 times as a manager – and never won (D5 L6)
- If Chelsea concede – it will be the first time since February 2001 that the Blues have gone 9 consecutive away games without a clean sheet
- Chelsea have not lost both league fixtures against Leicester since 1992-93 season
“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.”Maurizio Sarri on his debut season
Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante for a second game – with Maurizio Sarri confirming he will only be fit for the Europa League final after picking up a hamstring injury. Andreas Christensen is also a doubt after coming off injured in the 5-4 victory on penalties against Frankfurt in mid-week.
Leicester will be without Matty James and Daniel Amartey who remain absent with respective Achilles and ankle problems.
Kepa, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Higuain, Hazard
Leicester vs Chelsea
Sunday 12th May 2019
King Power Stadium
Kickoff: 15:00 UK time