Antonio Conte’s 2016-17 title winners host 2015-16 champions Leicester, though neither side is likely to lift the trophy this season with Manchester City running away at the top of the table.
But there is still plenty to play for this term, with Chelsea seeking to leapfrog Manchester United into second place and Claude Puel’s Foxes aiming to put distance between themselves and the bottom half of the table.
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16 MINS: Something Arsene Wenger was complaining about as he sat behind me on Wednesday was the ease at which Morata goes down. And I reckon he’d have something to say just now as the Chelsea striker falls to the pitch all too easily just outside the box and appeals for a free kick which, unsurprisingly, he doesn’t get.
11 MINS: It’s all Leicester here at the moment as the Foxes win a corner kick. Mahrez sends the ball int the box but Ndidi sees his resulting header kept out by Courtois!
This is the third time in recent weeks that Cahill has been played in the unusual position in the middle of that three-man defence. The first came against Brighton on Boxing Day and the second was against Stoke. Very interesting, though, that Luiz – who occupies that spot – isn’t being given the chance to play today even though Christensen is being rested.
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Chelsea are expected to field a full-strength side for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.
Captain Gary Cahill was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg with Arsenal and could return in defence.
Ross Barkley is expected to be fit to make his debut following a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s FA Cup third round replay with Norwich next Wednesday.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Eduardo, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi.
Jamie Vardy is fit again after missing Leicester’s FA Cup trip to his former club Fleetwood.
The striker has recovered from the groin injury which made him sit out the goalless draw at Highbury Stadium last Saturday.
Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson (both hamstring) and Robert Huth (ankle) are out but Christian Fuchs (illness) and Vicente Iborra (hamstring) are fit for Claude Puel’s side at Stamford Bridge.
Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Fuchs, Benalouane, Dragovic, James, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Silva, Ndidi, Mahrez, Iborra, Choudhury, Musa, Vardy, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa, Iheanacho.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata.
Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Christensen, Luiz.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Maguire, Dragovic, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Subs: Gray, Iheanacho, Hamer, Slimani, Iborra, Fuchs, Benalouane.