FT: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester. Talk about a game of two halves. Chelsea were brilliant to start with and should have been out of sight by the break, but they weren't and Leicester enjoyed an excellent second half. Mount's goal was a big positive for Chelsea, but by then end they were hanging on for a point.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Chelsea - Leicester City
Premier League - 18 August 2019
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An aimless header almost puts Albrighton through on goal but Kepa is alert to the danger and slides in to clear the ball.
Christensen looks to haul Vardy to the ground but it's actually Chelsea who get the free-kick.
Pereira fires in a low cross but Vardy's flick takes the ball away from goal. Was that the game's last real chance?
Abraham makes some space for himself but then shoots over from the edge of the box.
There will be four added minutes.
Zouma blazes over from range as the clock continues to tick.
That could have won it for Leicester! Albrighton makes progress down the right and cuts the ball back for Tielemans, who hits his shot well but sees it beaten away by Kepa.
A throw-in doesn't go Chelsea's way and Willian isn't happy.
Mounts plays a one-two with Abraham and then goes for goal, but Soyuncu is in the way.
Chelsea have a free-kick at least 35 yards from goal and Mount elects to go for goal but sends it well over.
- OffAyoze PérezLeicester City
- OnMarc AlbrightonLeicester City
Perez, who has been the least effective of Leicester's attackers, makes way for Albrighton.
Chelsea go straight up the other end and fashion an opportunity for Willian, who shoots into the side-netting.
Maddison yet again finds space and feeds Vardy, who gets behind the defence and then shoots narrowly wide from a tight angle. Perez wanted a cross.
Pedro's cross is just beyond Abraham's reach.
What a chance! Fuchs fires in a cross and it pinballs to Maddison, who finds some space but then fires over from less than ten yards out.
- OffHamza ChoudhuryLeicester City
- OnDennis PraetLeicester City
Praet makes his Leicester debut, replacing Choudhury.
- OffChristian PulisicChelsea
After some confusion with the electric board, it's a double change. Willian replaces Pulisic.
- OnMateo KovacicChelsea
Kovacic is on for Jorginho.
Well then, this is a real test for Lampard now. Can he alter the momentum of this game? Because right now you'd have to Leicester look the more likely to go on and win it.
- GoalWilfred NdidiLeicester City
GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Leicester (Ndidi). Redemption for Ndidi! From the corner, he gets in the middle of two Chelsea defenders and powers a header past Kepa.
Fuchs' cross loops up off a defender and lands on the roof of the net, with Kepa worried for a little while there.
After Zouma's paceless header is saved, Leicester launch a counter-attack and Perez almost plays in Vardy, but there's just a little too much fizz on the pass.
- OffOlivier GiroudChelsea
- OnTammy AbrahamChelsea
Giroud, who was very impressive in the early going, makes way for Abraham.
The corner is cleared away as far as Tielemans, who has time to set himself but still can't hit the target.
Maddison wins another corner. This is Leicester's best spell by some margin.
Another of Chelsea's academy products, Abraham, will be on shortly.
Pedro is back on the pitch, by the way.
Maddison squares Christensen up inside the Chelsea area and manages to find a yard of space, but his shot then fizzes wide.
A Foxes corner eventually comes to Choudhury, who sends a cross into a dangerous area - but one where there are no Leicester players.
Now the game stops, with Pedro receiving some treatment. It looks like a foot injury and Willian has been sent to warm up.
Pedro is down hurt but the Foxes, as they are entitle to, carry on playing.
Leicester break and Maddison looks to have lost the opportunity but holding onto the ball for too long, but as he's tackled it actually break for him and he then rounds Kepa but is wide, from where he is unable to find a team-mate with his cutback. Leicester have started this half much better than the first.
Maddison plays in Vardy, who is offside but carries on regardless, and his shot is tipped wide by Kepa anyhow.
We're back underway.
HT: Chelsea 1-0 Leicester. The Blues deservedly lead after making a brilliant start, with Mount getting the goal, but will feel they should be further in front. Leicester have grown into the game but have yet to test Kepa. Can Rodgers tweak things at half time?
Leaning back, Jorginho fires over after a corner was cleared to him on the edge of the box.
Pulisic is moving gingerly after deflecting a cross with his left foot, but says he's okay to carry on.
Kepa unnecessarily comes out of his area to awkwardly head away a through ball.
Over the last ten minutes, Leicester have had 71% of possession.
Maddison sends the resulting free-kick invitingly into the box, where a number of Leicester players are close to applying the finishing touch but all not quite close enough.
- Yellow cardJorginhoChelsea
Jorginho is the first player in the book after catching Tielemans late.
Pedro does well to keep possession as four pink shirts closed on him, earning a round of applause from the home fans.
A mix-up in the Chelsea defence almost gifts Vardy a chance, with Kepa taking too long on the ball, but fortunately for him the ricochet falls to Zouma.
Pulisic heads a ball over the Leicester defence for himself to chase and Schmeichel has to be off his line quickly to get there first.
What a block! Emerson gets in down the left and his cross is backheeled by Giroud, right into the path of Kante, but Fuchs comes from nowhere to deflect Kante's shot wide. Brilliant defending.
Chelsea win a free-kick inside the Leicester half and send up the big men from the back, however Leicester clear.
Leicester waste a corner as a pre-planned routine goes wrong and gifts the ball back to the home side.
Mount has a great chance to add a second but can't capitalise! He's stood within two yards of the penalty spot and is picked out by a pinpoint Azpilicueta cross, but his header is straight at the goalkeeper.
Kepa is called into action for the first time as he claims an overhit cross with relative ease.
Pereira bursts through the Chelsea midfield and the Foxes suddenly have a three-on-three chance, but his firmly-hit pass can't be corralled by Vardy.
Leicester are enjoying a spell of possession inside their own half. It hasn't led to a chance but has helped take some of the sting out of the game.
Chelsea have made 60 passes in the opposition half so far. Leicester have made just six.
Ndidi's reaction tells you all you need to know about that goal from a Leicester point of view. Self-inflicted.
Maddison tries to slip Vardy in behind the Chelsea defence but Christensen gets there first. Leicester do have a throw-in in the Chelsea half, at least.
That goal was certainly coming. It's been a blistering start from Chelsea, can they add a second and put this game beyond the visitors?
- GoalMason MountChelsea
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Leicester (Mount). Ndidi is caught in possession on the edge of his own box by Mount, who is stumbling as he gains possession but stays on his feet just long enough to slot the ball past a wrong-footed Schmeichel. What a start for Chelsea!
Chelsea have started really well and have the Foxes look stretched already, with Emerson getting forward at wil.
Chelsea have a second good chance in quick succession, with Giroud involved again. He lays the ball of to Mount, whose low shot is saved my Schmeichel, and the Dane then does well to rise quickly and deny Pulisic on the rebound.
A smattering of home fans think Chelsea have scored as Pedro meets Giroud's knockdown with a sweet volley, but sadly for them the ball hit the side-netting.
Chelsea get the game underway. This is referee Oliver Langford's first time in charge of a Premier League game.
The teams are out. Leicester are in a very bold pink kit, while Chelsea are of course in blue. Lampard and Rodgers just shared a very warm handshake.
Want another stat? Of course you do.
Chelsea haven’t lost their first two games in a top-flight campaign since the 1973-74 season.
#LampardOut (if they lose)
Good news, Chelsea fans: the Blues have lost just one of their last 22 home matches in the Premier League.
Bad news, Chelsea fans: that defeat came against Leicester.
The lads are out on the turf, with the Chelsea Twitter crew fixing a lot of attention on young Mason Mount. Needs a big game today after last week's 4-0 mauling at Old Trafford.
All the attention is on Frank Lampard, but the man in the other dugout knows a fair bit about Chelsea too - and in particular its pathway for young players. Brendan Rodgers spent four years at Stamford Bridge as a youth- and reserve-team coach, during which time Lampard was still playing and helped the Blues win two Premier League titles.
LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Ndidi, Perez, Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison, Vardy.
Subs: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Barnes, Praet.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson, Kante , Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Kovacic, Abraham, Willian.
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