Chelsea vs Leicester preview
Watch live on Super Sunday from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30pm
Last Updated: 16/08/19 6:09pm
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Leicester in the Premier League.
Chelsea will assess defender Andreas Christensen, who limped off during the midweek Super Cup defeat by Liverpool, ahead of the Super Sunday clash with Leicester.
However, Antonio Rudiger and Willian could both return after knee injuries but Callum Hudson-Odoi is still out with an Achilles problem and Reece James remains on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
Leicester defender Filip Benkovic is still sidelined with an ankle problem but Brendan Rodgers' side travel to Stamford Bridge with no new injury concerns.
Midfielder Dennis Praet could make his debut following his summer move from Sampdoria.
How to watch
Chelsea vs Leicester is live on Super Sunday from 4pm; Kick-off at 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
- Chelsea's 0-1 home defeat to Leicester in the Premier League last season was only their second against the Foxes in 13 meetings in the competition (W7 D4 L2) and their first since September 2000.
- Leicester are looking to win consecutive away league matches against Chelsea for the first time since October 1961.
- Only one of the last 86 shots in Premier League games between Chelsea and Leicester has been converted - the one converted was scored by Leicester's Jamie Vardy in a 1-0 win in December 2018.
- Chelsea have won their opening home league match of the season in 14 of the last 16 seasons (W14 D1 L1), with their only defeat coming as reigning champions in 2017-18 against Burnley.
- Chelsea haven't lost their first two games at the start of a top-flight season since the 1973-74 campaign, when they finished 17th under Dave Sexton.
- This will be Leicester's 500th Premier League game, the 16th different team to reach the milestone. Of the previous 15, only five have won their 500th game - Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Newcastle and most recently Manchester City (6-1 v Burnley in April 2010).
- Since the start of 2014-15, Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has scored 12 away Premier League goals against the 'big six' - three more than any other player.
- Following a 0-4 defeat against Man Utd in his first game, Frank Lampard is looking to avoid becoming only the second Chelsea manager to lose his first two Premier League games in charge, after Gianluca Vialli. Indeed, Vialli (Feb 1998) and Glenn Hoddle (Aug 1993) are the only Chelsea bosses to lose their first home Premier League match (excluding caretakers).
I see pain and suffering for Chelsea. Frank Lampard is playing youth team players at Old Trafford because he is left with no other scenario, but his anger at not being able to drag people off the treatment room is a reflection of where Chelsea are but also where Leicester are.
Brendan Rodgers will play pass and move, pass and move, but this is different, this is Leicester. He has lost Harry Maguire, which was a great deal for Leicester. Is he going to change from what we saw at the latter end of last season? Yes he will, but it will take time.
Ross Barkley will struggle here, because Leicester keep the ball well and move it, so he will see less of the ball to make things happen. It has been a change of circumstances at Leicester and massively so at Chelsea. This weekend is about Lampard getting his team over the line. It is going to be a rollercoaster ride of a season and they will not make the top four.
I am going to go for a surprise score in this one. This is not a negative throw towards Lampard, I wish him well. This team will just take time to truly understand what they are, and they will be more exposed at home than away from home in my opinion.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
Fantasy Football tip
Antonio Rudiger (£8.9m) could come in to take the place of Kurt Zouma, which will add some organisation and confidence at the back, but up against him will be Jamie Vardy (£10.7m), who will cause problems with his pace and the supply of James Maddison (£8.3m). Play here.