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Chelsea - Leicester City
Premier League - 13 January 2018
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FT: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester. It's a third goalless draw in a row for Chelsea and they really can't have any complaints. The visitors were the far better team and it wasn't until the red card that Chelsea started to dominated, but even then they created very little.
Moses drags a shot horribly wide and that will likely be the last chance of th game.
After much deliberation Alonso hits through the wall and after one bounce it's palmed away by Schmeichel.
Iborra brings Willian down about 25 yards from goal, very central. Big chance for Chelsea.
Mahrez is caught offside and throws the ball away but again escapes a yellow card.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time.
- OffMatty JamesLeicester City
- OnVicente IborraLeicester City
Iborra on, James off.
- Yellow cardÁlvaro MorataChelsea
Morata brings Maguire down and that will be another yellow card. The striker has hardly seen the ball today.
A very frustrated Morata is penalised for a shirt pull inside Leicester's box.
Chelsea take a corner short to Kante, who then sends it into the mixer, but Leicester clear.
Gray has gone to the left, Albrighton to the right and Mahrez is now playing down the middle.
- OffJamie VardyLeicester City
- OnDemarai GrayLeicester City
Gray comes on for Vardy, who has run tirelessly today. Pace replaced with pace.
Bakayoko shoots high and wide from range again.
Moses' cross isn't clearly properly and ball rolls to Bakayoko 20 yards out but he can't keep his shot down.
Willian dribbles into the box but is forced onto his weaker foot, meaning his shot is tame and easy for Schmeichel to save.
- OffShinji OkazakiLeicester City
- OnChristian FuchsLeicester City
Kante is penalised but there's no second yellow, much to the chagrin of the visiting fans. It does mean Leicester can finally bring on Fuchs though, who replaces Okazaki.
It's all hands on deck now for Leicester but Mahrez does buy them some restbite with a nice run to get away from several Chelsea players.
- Red cardBen ChilwellLeicester City
RED CARD! Chilwell dives in to try an intercept an underhit pass and as he does so catches Moses - who he probably didn't see - to pick up a second booking.
Morata, trying to hold the ball up, goes down softly and doesn't get either a free-kick or sympathy from the home fans.
Moses slices left-footed shot wide from the corner of the penalty area, and just over the head of Morata.
- Yellow cardBen ChilwellLeicester City
Chilwell brings down Willian and becomes the latest player in the book. Chelsea have been much improved since the double change.
- Yellow cardShinji OkazakiLeicester City
Okazaki brings Willian down from behind to earn a yellow card.
- OffEden HazardChelsea
It's 3-4-3 now for Chelsea, and they will hope Morata is less isolated.
- OffCesc FàbregasChelsea
Conte has seen enough. Willian and Pedro on for Fabregas and Hazard, right after a deflected Mahrez shot bounced just wide.
- Yellow cardN'Golo KantéChelsea
Kante picks up a booking for persistent fouling.
Vardy chases what looks like a lost cause but and wins the ball off Christensen inside the Chelsea box. The angle is against him so he plays the ball back to Mahrez, who skips past one defender then goes down as Christensen tries to make a tackle. The referee waves away his appeals but doesn't book him for diving either, bafflingly. It should have been a booking.
With the Chelsea defence expecting him to play a free-kick to the right side of the penalty area, Alrbrighton instead clips it to the left where the ball is agonisingly close to being met by Dragovic.
Vardy appears to have a lot of space to run into as Leicester look to spring another counter attack, but the Chelsea defence does well to shift across and force him wide.
An inswinging Albrighton cross is cleared by Christensen but Leicester have started this second half as they ended the first - on the front foot.
- 2nd Half
We're back underway. No changes for either team.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester. It's goalless at the break and Chelsea will be mightily relieved about that as Leicester have been by far the better side and really should be ahead. Mahrez and Vardy in particular have looked dangerous, but the Foxes haven't been clinical enough in front of goal. Chelsea, surely, will step things up in the second half.
Mahrez leads a Leciester break but can't quite get on the end of Okazaki's return ball and the chance is gone.
Fabregas curls the resulting corner straight into the goalkeeper's arms.
Chelsea have their best moment yet as Fabregas goes for goal from the edge of the box but he can't beat Schmeichel, who tips over the bar.
Leicester have had 12 shots, Chelsea two. That's how dominant the visitors have been.
Rudiger gets caught in possession inside his own box and is bailed out by Christensen, who blocks Okazaki's shot. Albrighton hits the rebound wide.
The twinkle-toed Mahrez dances past Rudiger then flashes the ball through Chelsea's six yard box but nobody in a black shirt can get a touch on it.
Morata show great pace to get round the outside of Dragovic but runs out of space and his cross is put behind by Schmeichel.
- OffGary CahillChelsea
- OnAndreas ChristensenChelsea
Cahill wants to continue but Chelsea's medical staff won't let him. Christensen is on in his place.
Between them, Cahill and Rudiger just about manage to snuff out the danger as Vardy runs towards goal but it looks to have come at a cost with Cahill now down clutching his hamstring.
Schmeichel does really well to come and claim a deep cross under pressure from Bakayoko.
Leicester continue to be the better team, but you feel they will be made to regret it if they don't turn this dominance into a lead.
More good play from Leicester but this time their attackers aren't quite on the same wavelength and Vardy miscontrols the ball intercepting a pass that was meant for Albrighton, allowing Chelsea to clear.
Courtois comes off his line to deal with a ball over the top for Vardy and gets a bit lucky as his clearance hits Vardy but continues to move away from the Chelsea goal.
Moses gives the ball away to Mahrez and the Algerian swiftly releases Vardy. Vardy cuts in to shoot but it's blocked, however Leicester recycle the ball quickly and it's worked to Mahrez inside the box who blasts over.
- Yellow cardMatty JamesLeicester City
James goes into the book for tripping Kante.
Morata runs at Dragovic and then goes down one the edge of the box but doesn;t get a free-kick - either because the referee didn't deem it a foul, or because the ball ran to Hazard who shot tamely at goal.
Chelsea go straight up the other end and call Schmeichel into action for the first time as he beats away a Fabregas shot. It was well hit but from a tight angle, so a pretty routine save.
The corner is allowed to bounce in Chelsea's box and comes to Ndidi, who heads towards the back post and produces a fine save from Courtois. Chances galore!
Moses fires in a driven cross from the right but Leicester clear and then create a similar chance themselves, which leads to a Foxes corner.
ANother chance for Vardy, who this time drags a shot across the face of goal. Leocester are well on top at present.
Another Chilwell cross creates a chance, this time for Vardy, but his flick can only find the side netting.
What a chance for Leicester! Chilwell takes down a crossfield ball brilliantly, skips past Cahill and then crosses for Okazaki who can't hit the target from eight yards out.
Chelsea are playing a 3-5-2 as expected. No surprise with Leicester's shape either, they've essentially start 4-4-2 with Okazaki not afraid to drop deep.
Chelsea work a corner to Moses 20 yards out but he too sees his shot blocked.
Kante has the game's first shot after being teed up by Hazard on the edge of the box, but it's blocked.
- 1st Half
And we're off. Chelsea are in their usual blue home strip, Leicester are all in black and referee Mike Jones is wearing pink.
The two teams are in the tunnel and we're almost ready to go - kick-off less than five minutes away.
The other thing in Morata's favour is that Conte clearly has no faith in Michy Batshuayi, so he's unlikely to be dropped any time soon.
All eyes will be on Alvaro Morata, who has been in poor form of late and is yet to score in 2018. It is "normal" for a player to hit a patch like this though, says Conte, and he insists he's not worried. "When the striker doesn’t score, we can say he is in trouble, but for me the most important thing is he has to continue to work for the team, and to continue to do what I ask of him during the game," added Conte.
This great strike secured a 2-2 back in 1999.
The Foxes’ last win at Stamford Bridge was in 2000, when Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore after eight minutes and eight minutes from time respectively and it finished 2-0.
One player who makes the Foxes dangerous is Jamie Vardy. Since the start of the 2014/15 season, he has scored 22 goals in 41 games against the big six teams - more than any other player.
Conte also spoke glowingly of today's opposition, labelling them the "worst team" Chelsea could play currently. "Leicester are a really good team," he added. "They are in really good form. It will very, very difficult for us to win the game."
It’s been a quieter week for Antonio Conte on the feud front, but he continues to be noncommittal on his Chelsea future.
Another positive stat for Chelsea fans - they have won seven home games on the bounce in the Premier League.
Leicester have won just one of the last 14 matches between the two teams and drawn just one too, losing the other 12. The two odd results out both came in the season the Foxes won the Premier League.
As for Leicester, only four of their starters did so at Fleetwood in the FA Cup last weekend. Claude has defensive injuries to contend with so Daniel Amartey and Aleksandar Dragovic start in the back four, while Riyad Mahrez also starts amid continued speculation about his future.
Chelsea make two changes to the team that played against Arsenal in midweek, with Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko replacing Andreas Christensen and Danny Drinkwater. You'd expect them to line up in a 3-5-2 formation and N'Golo Kante starts against his old club.
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