…As Chelsea, Leicester City clash at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea host 2015/2016 champions, Leicester City at Stamford Bridge today in one of the most anticipated matches of the final match day of English Premier League season.
Many had expected the Premier League title could be decided on the final match day, but Leicester City had sealed it before time and lowered the importance of today’s final game against Chelsea.
However, there is enough excitement in the build up to this particular match, as both teams would want to end their campaign with a win for different reasons.
An injury time goal by Christian Benteke denied Chelsea a win at Anfield on Wednesday and left them without a win in three league games.
The team, which showed some resurgence under Guss Hiddink has fallen to pieces at the tail end of the season and won just one game in their last six. The Blues have nothing to play for, but they will not take nothing less than a win at Stamford Bridge in the final day of the season, as well as final match in charge for Hiddink.
Meanwhile, high flying Leicester City are still celebrating their epic title win and will be taking the field with full confidence once again.
The Foxes are undefeated in their last 11 matches and Ranieri would want to finish their fairytale season strongly.
The 3-1 home win against Everton last weekend just showed even a Leicester City eleven in party hangover is capable of rolling over any opponents.
Ranieri has no injury worries and expect the absence of Robert Huth through suspension. They will go with full strength looking for all three points this evening.
But Chelsea will be missing their star hit man Diego Costa through injury, while Captain John Terry is suspended.
Chelsea may likely parades goalkeeper Courtois, Rahman, Mikel, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro and Traore.
In the same vein, Leicester City are also likely to parade a strong gang made up of players such as Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Albrighton, Kante, King, Mahrez Vardy, Okazaki.
The first leg clash between the two sides at King Power Stadium in December ended in a 2-1 win for Leicester, which ignited the proceedings that led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Chlelsea are on a five match-winning run against Leicester City in all competitions.
Seven of the last eight matches between Chelsea and Leicester City have seen over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea had scored two or more goals in each of the last five home games against Leicester.
Chelsea come on the back of a strong home record against Leicester after winning in all of the last five matches at Stamford Bridge. But this Leicester side are a different proposition that those in the previous seasons.
The Blues have won just five home matches all season and one win in their last nine. While Leicester are unbeaten in their last four away games and kept a clean sheet in three of those.
Chelsea have problems at their defense as Terry is suspended. The absence of Diego Costa will make their attack toothless, despite Hazard showing some signs of form.
Against a high flying Foxes, Football pundits are of the believe that the battle of Stamford Bridge will end up in a draw.
While Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City would be battling to keep a place in top four for the champions league, Man United who lost the chance to overtake Man City will be fighting against time to keep their Europa League alive.
Already, it is as though the relegation battle have gone down to the wire, with the unfortunate trio of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich City all vying to keep their heads above water even as Aston Villa have been relegated.