Match Preview: Chelsea vs Leicester City

Chelsea FC welcomes Leicester City after a heartbreaking UEFA Sup Cup night in Instanbul last Wednesday.

Frank Lampard will be looking to win his first game as a Chelsea manager when they host Leicester City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The 41-year-old began his Premier League career with an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in the opening game of the season.

The Blues showed an improved performance against Liverpool FC in the UEFA Super Cup three days ago, but missed the chance to win their first trophy in the 2019-20 campaign, losing 5-4 on penalties.

Lampard is now making his Stamford Bridge debut in charge of the Blues, a game he would surely like to remember for a good reason.

Leicester City travel to London on the back of a goalless draw against Wolverhampton in the Premier League opening weekend.

Team news

Frank Lampard could welcome Antonio Rudiger and Willian back to the first team, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James remain sidelined.

Danish defender Andreas Christensen is an injury doubt for the Blues, after limping off during the Super Cup clash with Liverpool earlier this week.

Brendan Rodgers does not have any fresh injuries concerns, meaning Filip Benkovic is the only one who will miss the trip to the capital.

New Leicester City signing Dennis Praet, who joined from Sampdoria is expected to make his debut for the club against Chelsea this weekend.

What did the managers say

Frank Lampard says Chelsea need to be focused when they meet Leicester City at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

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“It’s a big game for us in front of our home fans for the first time this season. Leicester are very much a team that should be respected for the players and manager they have got and how they have performed in recent years.

“I know Brendan [Rodgers] well. He’s a fantastic manager. He’s got a great group of players there, a nice mix of top quality young players and experienced players. They will be well coached so we are going to have a big challenge.

“Our mindset is important. It’s been a strange two games. We can’t think the strong performance on Wednesday will replicate itself just because we walk out on that pitch. It’s important we tackle it head on with a real focus.”

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers wants to go step-by-step in the 2019-20 campaign.

“It’s a long season. For us, it’s step-by-step. We made a solid start, we were defensively very good. The squad is very talented, it’s young, but we’re developing all the time,” he said at a press conference.

“We were playing against a very good side, a side you can see have been together a long time, so I was pleased with our defensive organization.

“We kept the ball for large spells and created chances which, on another day, we may have scored. Hopefully, as time goes on, we’ll take those opportunities.”

Stats

Leicester City are looking to win consecutive away league matches against Chelsea for the first time since October 1961.

Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester last December is the only league game they’ve lost at Stamford Bridge in their last 22 home games. (W13 and D8)

The Blues 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.

They haven’t begun a top-flight season with two straight defeats since 1973-74, when they finished 17th.

This will be Leicester’s 500th Premier League game – they are the 16th team to reach that milestone.

Brendan Rodgers has met Chelsea 12 times in his managerial career, failing to register a single win against the London Blues. (D6 and L6)

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