10 May 2019

Leicester v. Chelsea Preview  (Sky Sports)

Leicester City v. ChelseaChelsea could finish as high as third when they travel to Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season.

Maurizio Sarri's side are currently behind Manchester City and Liverpool on 71 points and even if they lose and Arsenal, in fifth, win, they cannot drop out of the top four.

Andreas Christensen is a doubt after the defender hobbled out of the Blues' Europa League semi-final second leg penalty shoot-out win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be available after coming off late on against Eintracht due to cramp.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has no new injury issues ahead of the final Premier League match of the season.

Matty James and Daniel Amartey remain absent with their respective Achilles and ankle problems but all the other players are available.

Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki will hope for farewell appearances at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, with both set to leave the club when their contracts expire in the summer.

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Leicester are looking to complete the league double over Chelsea for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, having won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 1-0.

Chelsea have won five of their last six away league games against Leicester, with the exception being a 1-2 loss in the Foxes' title winning campaign of 2015-16.

Chelsea are guaranteed a top four finish in the Premier League this season - since four English clubs were able to qualify for the Champions League in 2001-02, only Arsenal (15) have finished in these places more often than the Blues (14).

Chelsea hold the record for the biggest win on the closing day of a Premier League season, beating Wigan 8-0 in 2009-10 to secure the league title.

Among teams to have played in at least 10 Premier League campaigns, Leicester City's final matches of a season have seen more goals on average than any other side (4.3 - 51 goals in 12 games).

Leicester have won four of their last five Premier League home games (L1), more than they had in their previous 12 at the King Power Stadium (W3 D2 L7).

Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 away league games, conceding in each of their last eight. They last conceded in nine consecutive Premier League games on the road in February 2001.

Jamie Vardy has scored each of Leicester's last three goals in all competitions against Chelsea, including the winner in the reverse fixture in December.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this season (16 goals, 15 assists). Only in 2011-12 with Lille has the Belgian been involved in more goals in a single top-flight campaign (20 goals, 16 assists).

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has faced Chelsea more often in Premier League games without winning than he has versus any other side in the competition (8 - D4 L4).

Brendan Rodgers believes Danny Simpson can continue playing at the highest level after leaving Leicester when his contract expires this summer
Merson's prediction

I expect Chelsea to get through against Frankfurt, they're a far better team. But they've got to win this game, you want to be finishing third. They've got to beat Leicester, it's quite a big game for Chelsea to finish third, but it's a hard game and I think Leicester will get something with how they've been playing.


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