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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Leicester

Chelsea vs Leicester Preview and Prediction

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea FC vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Sunday, May 15 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 13/10 – Draw 13/5 – Leicester 19/10

Match Preview

Chelsea host Premier League champions Leicester on the final day of the 2015/16 Premier League season on Sunday afternoon, capping off what have been completely contrasting seasons for both sides.

Chelsea have had an incredibly disappointing campaign and will end the year by facing the side that have taken their Premier League crown, just 12 months after the Blues lifted a fourth BPL title.

Guus Hiddink will oversee his final game as interim manager before Antonio Conte joins the club this summer and he would love to cap off his second spell at the club with a victory in front of the home fans.

The Blues put in a fine performance at Liverpool on Wednesday but had to settle for a 1-1 draw, stretching their winless run to three. They haven’t won at home since February and have now gone 11 league games without a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester arrive at Chelsea as Premier League champions – something that seemed impossible nine months ago – but they fully deserve their success after a stellar campaign.

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has worked wonders with the Foxes and they are now unbeaten in eleven league outings.

The club will now be looking to try and maintain their performance levels next season but ending this year with another victory will be the only thing the players will be focusing on ahead of Sunday.

The Foxes won the reverse fixture 2-1 in December in what turned out to be Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of the Blues. That result ended an eight-game winning streak for Chelsea against Leicester in all competitions. Leicester haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2000.

Team News

Club captain John Terry is suspended for the final game of the season, though he has been offered a one-year contract extension so this might not be his final match as a Chelsea player. Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and Diego Costa will all miss out injured, while Branislav Ivanovic is a doubt. Some Chelsea youngsters are likely to be given minutes in Guus Hiddink’s final game in charge.

Leicester will be without former Chelsea centre-back Robert Huth as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension, while Matthew James remains the only injury concern as he is lacking fitness. Danny Drinkwater will return from suspension here and may replace Andy King in midfield.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: L/W/D/L/D

Leicester’s last five: W/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Claudio Ranieri will win his 100th Premier League game as a manager if he can beat his former club on Sunday (W99 D48 L36), becoming the 18th man to reach that milestone in the competition.

Key Player: Wes Morgan – The Leicester captain, like so many of his teammates, has had an incredible season. His defensive qualities have shone through time and again and the club captain will want to cap off a fine season with another victory here. If Morgan plays the full 90 minutes on Sunday, he will become just the third outfield player to play every minute of a title-winning campaign (Gary Pallister in 92/93 and John Terry in 14/15).

Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – This is set to be another special game for Leicester and Claudio Ranieri. The Foxes will be welcomed to Stamford Bridge by a standing ovation from Chelsea players and would love to beat the Blues away for the first time in 16 years. Leicester have only once won away on the final day of a Premier League season in seven attempts, and there is little to choose between the two here. Chelsea will be desperate to avoid defeat on the final day as they look to improve for next year. Score draw.

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About Louis East (1177 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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