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Date: Saturday 1st February 2020

Venue: King Power Stadium

Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

There were as many fireworks from Chelsea’s (lack of) deadline day activity as there were from the Brexiters yesterday but for completely different reasons.

Most see our lack of signings as a lack of backing for Lampard but the calibre of signings for most around us in the window, suggests the window simply didn’t offer the sort of players we need for anything resembling a sensible price. So yes, Frank wanted to bring players in but acknowledged himself it’s not as straightforward as that.

So, no new signings to put a spring in our steps for today’s game, at a Stadium where we don’t have a bad record at all. The draw against 10-man Arsenal did nothing to inspire and we followed that up by making hard work of the win over Hull in the FA Cup, so third place Leicester City, might feel a step too far right now.

Leicester haven’t been all that consistent either and lost late on to Aston Villa in the FA Cup last time out, but they still have the better head-to-head in recent matches, putting together a four-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League.

Overall then the wounded animal against a side with an innate ability to drop soft points this season suggests we probably haven’t seen the last of the fireworks for one week.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, says “An exciting game for us. Frank’s done a fantastic job, taking over a team that had lost their best player, so he had to galvanise them. Everyone talks about the ban and that Frank was forced to use the young players, but that’s not the case. He could have played Giroud or Batshuayi up front, but he’s played Abraham. He and his staff have done a fantastic job.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, whilst a man of few words during the press conference, had this to say on the opposition manager “My personal relationship with him is more here. I have a huge respect for him. He produces players and coaches. His first team staff shows that.  He stuck out for his thirst for knowledge.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Leicester, Wes Morgan (illness) and Nampalys Mendy (knee) remain out but Jamie Vardy is available.

For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), van Ginkel (ACL), and Christian Pulisic remain out, whilst Tammy Abraham (ankle) faces a late fitness test.

TEAMS

LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Praet, Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez, Maddison, Vardy

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante; Jorginho; Kovacic; Willian, Mount; Batshuayi.

LAST SEASON

Leicester 0-0 Chelsea (12th May 2019)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

LEICESTER: LWWLLW

CHELSEA: LWDWLD

OTHER STUFF

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their past four Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have won five of their last seven Premier League away matches against Leicester.
  • Chelsea have won six matches at the King Power Stadium in all competitions, more than any other visiting team.
  • The home team were winless in the six most recent league meeting.
  • Leicester are unbeaten against London sides under Brendan Rodgers, winning seven of 10 top-flight matches.
  • Leicester have won five league games in a row against opposition from the capital.
  • Chelsea have won one of their last four league fixtures, and four of their last 12.
  • Leicester have lost two of their past three Premier League home matches but had lost just one of their previous 15 at home.
  • Chelsea have won one of their last four league fixtures, and four of their last 12.
  • Chelsea have lost eight times in the league this season, as often as they did in the whole of 2018-19.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Leicester 2-0 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Leicester 1-1 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Leicester 3-1 Chelsea

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