- 2nd Half
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Chelsea - Leicester City
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester. Rudiger and Jorginho (pen) move Chelsea up to third. Iheanacho netted one back for the Foxes, who drop to fourth and are looking anxiously over their shoulders in the battle to finish in the CL places.
- Yellow cardDaniel AmarteyLeicester City
Amertey - an unused sub - is booked for his role in the handbags. No red card it seems.
- Yellow cardRicardo PereiraLeicester City
There's some serious hand bags here. Both sets of players race in to scrum. Emotions are high following a naughty tackle. The subs and coaching staff from the benches have got involved too! VAR is looking at the drama.
Five minutes added.
- OffTimo WernerChelsea
- OnOlivier GiroudChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Werner off, Giroud on.
CLOSE! Perez strides on to a low ball from the right but blazes his shot from 18 yards out over the bar.
- Yellow cardWilfred NdidiLeicester City
- Yellow cardCésar AzpilicuetaChelsea
Azpilicueta is booked for walking off across the full width of the pitch to waste time!
- OffCésar AzpilicuetaChelsea
- OnKurt ZoumaChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Azpilicueta off, Zouma on.
Leicester are trying to show more urgency but they are struggling to put together any sort of sustained pressure.
- Yellow cardWesley FofanaLeicester City
Fofana booked for bringing down Werner.
That goal came out of the blue and suddenly Leicester have a lifeline. This could be a nervy finale for Chelsea and their fans.
- GoalKelechi IheanachoLeicester City
GOAL! Iheanacho sweeps in a first-time shot from Ndidi's pass after the Foxes midfielder had won the ball high up the pitch.
Iheanacho wastes little time swivelling on the edge of the box and firing off a shot but it trickles wide of the far post.
VIDEO: Jorginho is spot on again.
ATTEMPTS: Chelsea 14-3 Leicester. ON TARGET: Chelsea 6-1 Leicester.
It's looking like a nervy final day for Leicester. All eyes will be on Turf Moor as Liverpool meet Burnley on Wednesday night. Can they find something special to hit back here though?
- OffMarc AlbrightonLeicester City
- OnRicardo PereiraLeicester City
FOXES CHANGE: Ricardo on for Albrighton.
- Goal by penaltyJorginhoChelsea
GOAL! Jorginho doubles the advantage with a cool spot kick that outfoxes Schmeichel.
PENALTY TO CHELSEA!
VAR is checking for a Chelsea penalty after Werner again appeared to be caught in the box.
A flurry of Leicester corners come to nothing but at least the visitors are offering some resistance. They've looked rather toothless for too much of this contest.
DID YOU KNOW? If Iheanacho scores tonight, it would make him the first player in Premier League history to score on all seven days of the week in the same season.
- OffJames MaddisonLeicester City
- OnKelechi IheanachoLeicester City
FOXES CHANGE: Iheanacho on for Maddison.
STAT: Chelsea have won just two of their seven midweek Premier League games this season. They are on course for a third success tonight though.
Play has been halted while Mount receives treatment. He appeared to take knock on the knee. Club and country are no doubt both concerned but he's back on his feet and returns to the action.
VIDEO: Rudiger snares the opener!
STAT: Rudiger's last three Premier League goals have come against Leicester.
As it would stands with one game to play: Chelsea will be third on 67 points. Leicester fourth on 66. Liverpool are fifth on 63 but with two games to play.
That was Rudiger's first PL goal since February 2020. Worth its weight in goal given the top-four circumstances.
- GoalAntonio RüdigerChelsea
GOAL! The home side finally have the breakthrough. Rudiger bundles home a right-wing corner from close range following a flick-on at the near post.
Werner was still complaining to Mike Dean about the failure to award a penalty as he came out for the second half.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Leicester get us back underway hoping for a much improved showing after being outplayed and hanging on in the first half.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester.
Two minutes added.
Pulisic is denied at the near post by Schmeichel's boot after the American met Mount's pull back from the right. It was a sublime run from the England man to create the opening.
Ironic cheers for Mike Dean from the Chelsea fans as he gives a free kick against Perez. They feel everything has gone against them so far tonight. To be fair, the only dubious call was the trip on Werner as Tielemans looked to clear.
Werner miscues a first-time shot from Azpilicueta's cut back. Leicester hack it to safety and there's yet more frustration for the home players and their supporters.
Mount flashes a half volley over from the right side of the box after pouncing upon a knock down. Chelsea continue to knock on the door.
Leicester have lived very dangerously for long periods in this half but are somehow still level. Rodgers will be desperate to get to the interval unscathed to try and work out a way to have more of a say in the contest.
GOAL RULED OUT! Werner manages to bundle the ball over the line from a left-wing corner. It looks like it's via his arm though. VAR checks and chalks it off.
- OffN'Golo KantéChelsea
- OnMateo KovacicChelsea
BLOW FOR CHELSEA: Kante is forced off injured. He is replaced by Kovacic but Blues fans will be worried with the Champions League final looming on their horizon.
- Yellow cardAyoze PérezLeicester City
STAT: Leicester have only won two of their past 29 away league games against Chelsea. That was 1-0 in December 2018 and 2-0 in September 2000 (D11, L16).
Brilliant from Mount. He drives at the heart of the visiting defence. His attempted one-two doesn't come off, but he shows great strength to wrestle the ball back and stings Schmeichel's fingertips with a rising strike from the left side of the area.
CLOSE! Vardy improvises with a flick of the heel to connect with left-wing corner on the volley, but it flashes over the top. He was unmarked but couldn't adjust his run to find the finish. Sloppy defending from Chelsea.
GOAL RULED OUT FOR OFFSIDE! The lively Werner takes a pass inside the area and coolly squeezes a lovely finish beyond Schmeichel and into the keeper's right-hand post. Chelsea fans go crazy - but the flag is up for offside. Still 0-0.
Werner darts in front of Tielemans as he looks to clear. The Foxes man catches the German but the referee gives the free kick the other way. Werner insists it should be a spot kick. VAR checks - but there's nothing doing for Chelsea on this occasion.
Soyuncu is very apologetic as he slips and goes right through the back of Pulisic. Mike Dean gives him a telling off, but there's no caution.
VIDEO: Chilwell drills wide.
Apparently, Leicester have had 30 per cent of the possession. It certainly doesn't feel like that much. It's been all Chelsea so far.
DID YOU KNOW? Leicester are looking to complete their first league double over Chelsea since 2000-01.
Leicester are being cut open too often. This time Kante surges into space on the right. His fierce drive is beaten away by Schmeichel with an eventual follow-up from Pulisic deflecting over the bar.
Tuchel looked irritated by Chilwell's miss a few moments ago but he'll be delighted with tempo his side have started with tonight. They've been well on top in the early stages.
James takes a pass from the left in his stride and opts to try his luck but his 30-yard effort lacks the power and direction to trouble Schmeichel.
Chelsea are almost in again! Mount whips a devilish cross into the danger zone but both Kante and Azpilicueta fail to make contact with the delivery.
Werner spins in the midfield and surges through the middle. He lays it to the left of the area for Chilwell who drags a very god opportunity wide of the far post.
H2H: Chelsea have not won in six Premier League fixtures against Leicester (D4, L2). Their 2-0 loss at King Power Stadium in January was Frank Lampard's final league match as manager of the Blues.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Chelsea get this top-four showdown up and running.
Almost show time. The players are out on the pitch and they are greeted by the home fans. It's great to see. Now, let battle commence!
OPINION: Chelsea were favourites to win at Wembley, but Rodgers and his intelligent Leicester City side exposed why Tuchel's team won't challenge for the Premier League title in their current form. On this showing, the former Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain coach has some work ahead of him over the summer.
A surprise result from the 6pm kick off at Old Trafford has seen Man United finish 1-1 with relegated Fulham. The result means Leicester could still catch the Red Devils in second spot. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are five points ahead of the Foxes, who would have to win tonight to take that mini battle to the last day.
Cesar Azpilicueta: "We have lost the last two games, two important games. We have missed two opportunities and we cannot let more opportunities go. We cannot change the results, but we have to be humble, to accept that we can be better, pick ourselves up and go again, because we have three crucial games for the club, for us, for the fans and we are determined to win them."
Wes Morgan on helping the Foxes lift the FA Cup: “I’m in shock still. Coming into the game, you’re in a final, there a possibility of winning, but when we get the goal and get the feeling that: ‘We’re on here’, and to see it out at the end while under some real pressure, the disallowed goal – it all combines into mixed emotions. To see the game out and get our hands on the trophy, it’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s right up there with winning the league.”
Tuchel on the top-four race: "It is our fault that it is so close again. We let the door open and Liverpool put a foot in the door. We had a huge effort to overcome them and to close the gap to overtake them. This is what we did and we can be aware of this huge performance that we did so far. But we want to finish the job."
Brendan Rodgers: "We enjoyed the moment on Saturday (winning the FA Cup final), rightly so, as it's an incredible achievement. I'm sure fans woke up with sore heads and hoarse voices, but we've got a job to do. There's work to be done. Physically and mentality, we'll be ready to give our very, very best and let's see where it takes us."
Graham Ruthven's match report from Saturday. Always worth a read.
It’s the penultimate round of Premier League matches this midweek with two top-four places still up for grabs. Our resident expert, Paul Parker has made his predictions for the key games - but what has he said about Chelsea v Leicester? Find out below.
Leicester make two changes from their Wembley triumph. James Maddison returns to the side with Kelechi Iheanacho dropping to the bench. Jonny Evans is ruled out with a heel injury so Marc Albrighton comes in as part o the reshuffle.
Chelsea make three changes from the FA Cup final. Edouard Mendy is back between the sticks while Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic are in for Marcos Alonso and Hakim Ziyech respectively.
CONFIRMED STARTING XIs – CHELSEA: Mendy, Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, James, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Werner. /// LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Castagne, Thomas, Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Perez, Vardy.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of Chelsea v Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. It’s a HUGE battle in the race to finish in the top four. Can the Foxes reproduce their FA Cup final heroics and secure a Champions League spot with a win? Or will Thomas Tuchel’s men gain revenge and leapfrog them into third spot? Kick off 20:15 BST.