Chelsea Earn Third Straight Win In Action-Packed Game At Leicester  (Sky Sports)

Leicester City 1 Chelsea 3

Kai Havertz celebrates Mateo Kovacic's goalChelsea completed a perfect week by earning a third consecutive win in an entertaining 3-1 victory at Leicester to further ease the pressure on head coach Graham Potter.

The Blues progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday with a turnaround victory over Dortmund following a much-needed three points against Leeds last weekend.

Their good form continued when Ben Chilwell fired them into an early lead against his former club, but Patson Daka equalised with a wonderful effort from 25 yards which flew into the bottom corner.

However, Chelsea went ahead again in first-half injury-time as Kai Havertz lobbed goalkeeper Danny Ward before Mateo Kovacic wrapped things up with a volley as Leicester fell to a fourth consecutive defeat, with centre-back Wout Faes sent off late on.

Player ratings:

Leicester: Ward (6), Faes (4), Maddison (6), Iheanacho (6), Souttar (6), Amartey (6), Daka (7), Pereira (7), Dewsbury-Hall (6), Mendy (6), Castagne (6).

Subs: Barnes (6), Tete (6), Soumare (6), Vardy (6), Evans (n/a).

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7); Fofana (7), Koulibaly (7), Cucurella (7); Loftus-Cheek (7), Fernandez (8), Kovacic (8), Chilwell (8); Felix (7), Havertz (8), Mudryk (8).

Subs: Gallagher (7), Pulisic (6), Chalobah (6), Chukwuemeka (n/a), Badiashile (n/a)

Player of the Match: Kai Havertz

How Chelsea and Leicester delivered a thriller

Chilwell sparked a chaotic first half with a perfect volley from inside the Leicester area which beat Ward at his near post, and the former Leicester left-back enjoyed celebrating in front of the home supporters, who booed his and Wesley Fofana's every touch.

Leicester should have levelled three minutes later when Daniel Amartey managed to head wide from close range when unmarked from James Maddison's devilish delivery, with Gary Lineker watching on in the stands after being stood down from his Match of the Day duties.

The hosts were soon let off as Joao Felix brought down a floated pass from Havertz and then dinked the ball over Ward, only to see it hit the right post. Two minutes later, Leicester hit the woodwork too through Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's deflected effort which came back off the crossbar.

Felix thought he had scored Chelsea's second at the end of a lovely move that saw Mykhailo Mudryk play the ball wide to Loftus-Cheek, who delivered a low pass across for the winger to sweep home, but the VAR ruled Felix offside.

Just four minutes later, Leicester equalised when Felix dawdled and was robbed of the ball deep in the Chelsea half with it breaking for Daka, who fired superbly into the bottom right corner from outside the box.

The action continued to come with Kepa Arrizabalaga pushing away efforts from James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho before the former's free-kick hit the elbow of Fofana in the area, with the VAR ruling it was not a penalty.

Havertz then received a heavy knock to his midriff from Amartey's high boot which was also dismissed by the VAR but the striker quickly shrugged off the blow to lob Ward with a wonderful finish from Enzo Fernandez's perfect pass.

The first chance of the second half came within 60 seconds, Ward tipping over Fofana's header from Chilwell's corner, but opportunities became few and far between.

Leicester went close to finding another equaliser in the 65th minute as Harry Souttar's close-range effort was turned off the line by substitute Conor Gallagher. The hosts also saw Dewsbury-Hall miss a sitter from inside the six-yard box before Mudryk had what would have been his first Chelsea goal ruled out for offside after slotting past Ward.

But Mudryk played a key role for Chelsea's third, cushioning Havertz's cross for Kovacic to arrive and blast home. Leicester's misery was compounded when Faes lunged in and received a second yellow, leaving Brendan Rodgers' side just one point above the relegation zone.

Opta stats: Chelsea stop away day rot

Leicester have lost their 16th Premier League game of the season, no team has more defeats in the competition in 2022-23 (Southampton also 16), while manager Brendan Rodgers has suffered as many as 16 defeats in a single league season for the first time.

Chelsea have ended a run of eight Premier League away games without a victory (D4 L4), with this their first win on the road since a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in October 2022. They've scored three goals on the road in the competition for the first time since May 2022 (3-0 vs Leeds).

Leicester City conceded first for the ninth consecutive Premier League game, doing so 14 times in total this season, only Southampton (18) and West Ham (17) have shipped the opening goal of the game more often in 2022-23.

Brendan Rodgers took charge of his 150th Premier League game as Leicester manager (W64 D29 L57) - only Martin O'Neil has managed more games in the competition for Foxes (152), while only Claudio Ranieri (44% - 28/63) has a better win percentage than Rodgers (43%).

What's next?

Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge when relegation-threatened Everton come to London on Saturday March 18, live on Sky Sports.

Leicester will aim to ease their bottom three worries when they travel to Brentford next Saturday with kick-off at 3pm.


Leicester City Ward, Amartey (Tete 66), Souttar, Faes, Pereira, Dewsbury-Hall, Mendy (Soumare 66), Maddison (c) (Evans 90), Castagne, Daka (Barnes 66), Iheanacho (Vardy 76)
Subs Not Used Iversen, Thomas, Ndidi, Praet
Booked Faes, Pereira
Sent Off Faes 87
Goals Daka 39

Chelsea Kepa, W. Fofana (Badiashile 86), Koulibaly, Cucurella, Loftus-Cheek (Chalobah 73), Enzo, Kovacic (c), Chilwell (Pulisic 73), Joao Felix (Gallagher 46), Havertz, Mudryk (Chukwuemeka 82)
Subs Not Used Bettinelli, Zakaria, Madueke, Ziyech
Booked Fofana, Cucurella
Goals Chilwell 11, Havertz 45+6, Kovacic 78)

Attendance 32,170

Referee Andre Marriner

VAR Graham Scott