Chelsea v Leicester City

13 May

Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has won his first league title, 12 years after finishing second with Chelsea


Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could return from illness for the visit of champions Leicester City.

Willian is a doubt with a hamstring strain, while Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic are unlikely to be risked and John Terry is still suspended.

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater is available after suspension but Robert Huth completes a ban.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy is expected to play despite suffering cramp in his hamstrings last Saturday.


John Motson: “This is more about the occasion than a football match, with three people in particular guaranteed a rousing reception.

“One, of course, is Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who will get the appreciation and recognition he deserves on his return to Stamford Bridge as last season’s league champions salute their successors with a guard of honour.

“Another is Ranieri’s Chelsea counterpart Guus Hiddink, a popular man throughout his two short-term stints at the club who steadied the ship this season after Jose Mourinho’s departure.

“Thirdly, there’s John Terry, Chelsea’s captain and a veteran of 703 appearances for the club. He is out of contract in the summer but rumours are circulating he will now stay another year.

“Either way, his suspension won’t prevent him rightly getting some of the goodwill that will be in abundance on Sunday.”


The result does not matter for either team but it would be nice for Leicester to go through the season only losing three league games, to two different clubs – Arsenal (home and away) and Liverpool.

Prediction: 1-1

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  • Leicester’s 2-1 win in the reverse fixture ended a run of eight straight defeats against Chelsea in all competitions and proved to be Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of the Blues.
  • Chelsea’s only home league defeat in the last 24 meetings, spanning 50 years, was by 2-0 in September 2000 (W15, D8, L1). Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore scored in front of the watching Claudio Ranieri, who officially started work as Chelsea’s head coach the following day.


  • Chelsea have only won one of their last six Premier League games. They have gone three league matches without a victory for the first time under Guus Hiddink.
  • Only Aston Villa have won fewer home matches than Chelsea’s tally of five this season.
  • They have 49 points – the lowest final tally by a defending Premier League champion is 51, set by Leeds United in 1992-93 over 42 games.
  • The Blues have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league fixtures.
  • Chelsea have conceded 52 goals, their worst defensive record for 19 years since letting in 55 in 1996-97.
  • Eden Hazard has scored four goals in his last four league games – after a run of 29 appearances without a goal in the competition.

Leicester City

  • The champions could equal their top-flight club record of 12 matches without defeat, set in 1963 and 1973.
  • They are guaranteed to finish the season with the best home and away records in the division.
  • Leicester’s tally of 23 league wins this season is a top-flight club record, and one more than they managed in their previous three Premier League campaigns combined.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s side have been awarded an unrivalled 13 penalties in the Premier League this season.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored the opening goal in 12 Premier League games this season, more than any other player. His total of 24 goals is one behind the division’s top scorer, Harry Kane.
  • Shinji Okazaki has been substituted 25 times in the Premier League this season, one shy of the record set by Steed Malbranque at Sunderland in 2009-10.

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