A thrilling season reaches it’s climax as newly crowned champions Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge taking on Chelsea. Claudio Ranieri returns to his former club as a Premier League winner, something he didn’t achieve when in charge at Chelsea. It will be an emotional day for both managers with Guus Hiddink taking charge of his last game at Chelsea and Ranieri returning to a club where he was deemed not good enough to win the Premier League title.
Chelsea will be looking to put Wednesday’s disappoint behind them and will subsequently attempt to secure a win in the final game of the season. A hugely disappointing season will be quickly forgotten by Chelsea fans and players with a new era looming under incoming manager Antonio Conte. The contest which is eagerly anticipated by both sets of fans will end an exciting season.
Diego Costa remains sidelined with an ongoing hamstring injury which kept him out of Wednesday’s game against Liverpool. Kurt Zouma also remains injured with a long term knee injury and Loic Remy is out with a groin problem. John Terry serves his second and final game suspension.
Thibaut Courtois has recovered from his illness and is available for selection but Branislav Ivanovic faces a late fitness test on his groin problem which kept him out of the draw at Liverpool.
Danny Drinkwater comes back into the reckoning after his suspension but former blue Robert Huth misses out through suspension for violent conduct. Jamie Vardy is expected to spearhead the attack after a hamstring worry in training throughout the week.
- Leicester’s 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium in December marked a run of eight straight defeats against Chelsea in all competitions.
- Chelsea have only won one of their last six Premier League games.
- Eden Hazard has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Chelsea.
- The blues have gone 11 Premier League home games without keeping a clean sheet.
- Leicester are guaranteed to end the season with the best home and away record in the league.
Hiddink on Returning to Stamford Bridge
“When they asked me (to take over on an interim basis), I didn’t think much to say yes or no, because of my affection for the club.”
“In general I’m happy with this last half year. I did it with a lot of joy.”
Ranieri on his highly anticipated return
“It’s amazing. I have been there with Juventus in the Champions League but this time it is different because I am manager of Leicester another English club. It is emotional. I hope my older fans are happy with me. Now I came back as a champion. It’s a good story.”
Chelsea – DLDWLL
11 May 2016 – Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
07 May 2016 – Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea
02 May 2016 – Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
23 April 2016 – AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea
16 April 2016 – Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City
09 April 2016 – Swansea City 1-0 Chelsea
Leicester – WDWDWW
07 May 2016 Leicester 3-1 Everton
01 May 2016 Manchester United 1-1 Leicester
24 April 2016 Leicester 4-0 Swansea
17 April 2016 Leicester 2-2 West Ham
10 April 2016 Sunderland 0-2 Leicester
03 April 2016 Leicester 1-0 Southampton
Chelsea; Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba-Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Traore.
Leicester; Schmeichel, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Kick-off: Sunday 15th May 3pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Last Season: Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City
Referee: Craig Pawson