Preview - Leicester City vs Chelsea 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Leicester City vs. Chelsea
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City: 
Last five matches form: W L D W L
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (18)

Last five matches form: W L D D W
Average goals per match: 1.70
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (16)

It hasn't been plain sailing, but in the end this must go down as a successful campaign for Chelsea. Qualification for the Champion's League has been achieved and their may yet be a trophy added to the cabinet with the all London Europa League final still to come. They round off their season with this trip to Leicester City - who themselves will be full of optimism having shown marked improvement since Brendan Rodgers took charge.

Leicester shocked Chelsea in the reverse of this fixture with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. It was the Blues who came out on top in the game here last season though. 2-1 the final score on that occasion.

Daniel Amartey and Matty James are the only two absentees for the home side. Chelsea will be without N'Golo Kanté, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and Antonio Rüdiger.

Having won only four of their first 13 at home, Leicester have certainly improved of late with four wins in their last five, hitting two or more in all four of those wins.

Chelsea's away form has largely gone in the other direction, having won seven of the first ten, they have now picked up maximum points in only two of their last eight, failing to score in six of those games.

Chelsea arrive on the back of ultimately successful extra time and penalty shoot out against Eintracht Frankfurt, and with the top four already secured they may rest a few here. We give the edge to Leicester.

Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 1 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  9 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 47% - 53%

No goals, and just the one card at the King Power Stadium, with Jorginho of Chelsea being the only man to have his name taken by referee Anthony Taylor.

Not very much in this on the stats at all on the day, and for all that it ended goalless, to be fare to both sides they did at least give it a go. Narrowly ahead in possession, total shots, shots on target and corner kicks, if there was a side unlucky not to have won it then it was Chelsea. Overall though a draw was probably just about a fare result on the day.

Chelsea seemed certain to take the lead in just the fourth minute of this one when Ross Barkley was found in acres in the Leicester area. Barkley leathered a powerful volley at goal from eight yards, but Kasper Schmeichel made himself big to make the save.

Gonzalo Higuaín then contrived to miss an even better chance when striking the ball against his own leg when seeming set to tap in from six yards. 0-0 at the break.

Leicester looked threatening on the counter at times in the second half, but both sides were largely being restricted to efforts from range. 0-0 it finished.

A decent season for Chelsea overall. The Blue's finish third in the end and would look to have some positive building blocks in place in order to progress further. They still have the Europa League final to look forward to of course. The big question for Chelsea fans though is, will that game be the final sighting of Eden Hazard in a Blues shirt?

Leicester finish ninth. A solid effort and one which they will be hoping to improve on next season given the improvements already made under Brendan Rodgers.

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