Leicester v Chelsea LIVE commentary and team news: Rodgers and Lampard face off in key Premier League clash

19.01.2021

Leicester and Chelsea face off tonight in a big game for both at the top of the Premier League table.

Leicester can leapfrog league leaders Manchester United and claim top spot with a win at home.

Leicester and Chelsea are set to face off in the Premier League tonight

Leicester and Chelsea are set to face off in the Premier League tonight

Chelsea, meanwhile, need to build on their narrow win over Fulham last time out and get themselves back into top four contention.

Four of the last five top-flight games between these two have ended in draws but Brendan Rodgers and Frank Lampard would dearly love a win this evening.

Leicester v Chelsea: How to listen

This match will get under way at 8:15pm on Tuesday, January 19.

Full coverage from the King Power will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will from Sam Matterface and Dean Ashton.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

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Leicester v Chelsea: Team news

Leicester star Jamie Vardy is expected to be fit for the visit of Chelsea.

The striker has been battling a long-standing hip problem and came off late in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Southampton but is due to feature.

Dennis Praet is out for up to three months with a thigh injury while Nampalys Mendy will be assessed as he struggles with a neck issue.

N’Golo Kante will miss Chelsea’s trip to his former club.

The French midfielder has failed to shake off a hamstring problem in time.

However, defender Andreas Christensen will be available for Frank Lampard’s team after knee trouble.

Leicester v Chelsea: What has been said?

Frank Lampard has told his Chelsea players to forget the Premier League title race and focus on fighting their way back into the top-four battle.

He said: “We can’t consider too much the race as it stands, instead we have to consider ourselves – consider can we get a result against Leicester who are a competitor up there.

“And then see can we get wins together that will propel us back up to where we want to be.

“But the race is relatively open, especially in comparison to recent years I suppose.

“Leicester are in the race for sure, the way they are playing and the results they’re getting and their position in the league.

“We managed to get above Leicester at the back-end of last season, but it was a big ask for us.

“They are a very good team, with very good individuals, we know that, and a really good manager in Brendan Rodgers.

“So they’re in the race, and there are others that are in the race too.”

Mason Mount fired Chelsea to victory over Fulham last time out

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Mason Mount fired Chelsea to victory over Fulham last time out

Leicester v Chelsea: Match stats and facts

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their last five Premier League meetings with Chelsea, though four of these games have ended level (W1). The Foxes had lost nine of 11 league meetings with the Blues prior to this run (W1 D1).
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last eight away league games against Leicester (W5 D2), and are unbeaten in four visits since a 1-2 loss in December 2015.
  • Leicester have won four of their last seven Premier League games played on a Tuesday (D2 L1), more than they had in their first 17 such games in the competition (W3 D6 L8).
  • Chelsea have lost their last two midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), last losing three such games in a row back in May 2012.
  • Leicester are looking to start a calendar year with three consecutive league victories for the first time since 2014, while they last did so as a top-flight side back in 1968.
  • Since beating Leeds to go top of the table in December, Chelsea have taken just seven points from their last 21 available in the Premier League (W2 D1 L4), though the Blues did end a run of three straight away defeats with victory at Fulham last time out.
  • In their first nine Premier League games this season, Chelsea scored 22 goals and had an expected goals (xG) total of 13.4, scoring roughly nine goals more than would be expected based on their chances. In their subsequent nine however, they’ve scored 11 goals from an xG total of 15.7, around four goals fewer than expected.
  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has beaten 33 of the 34 teams he’s faced in the Premier League, with the only exception being Chelsea – Rodgers is winless in each of his 11 top-flight meetings with the Blues (D7 L4).
  • Leicester midfielder Harvey Barnes has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season – in no campaign in English football has he scored more (also 10 in 2018-19).
  • Chelsea striker Timo Werner hasn’t scored in any of his last 10 Premier League games. The German has scored with just 9.8% of his shots this season (4/41), his lowest conversion rate in a top-flight campaign since 2015-16 (9.4%).