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8:16PM

1 mins: Leicester 0 Chelsea 0

Chelsea look like they have come to attack, and are doing that very thing down the right with R James.

8:15PM

Craig Pawson blows the whistle

the players take a knee. And Chelsea kick us off.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Soyuncu, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Under, Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira, Thomas.

Chelsea: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Havertz, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Pulisic. Subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Jorginho, Werner, Zouma, Ziyech, Gilmour, Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

8:13PM

The players are in the tunnel

They are coming out onto the pitch now. 

8:08PM

Frank Lampard

“We have to believe in ourselves, and a lot of energy and youth. Callum deserves his start, he has be coming on and affecting games and that is what I want to see. Kai has been training very well and he is still young.

Leicester are a very accomplished the team with a lot of different threats and a quality manager. The attacking individuals and their organisation make them a good team.

Giroud got a bang on his ankle vs Fulham and it blew up the next day. Should just be a few days but not ready for this one.”

7:59PM

In the earlier kick off

7:50PM

Brendan Rodgers

“The team is in good form and we have not had to change it too much of late. Chelsea are a tough challenge. They have got a very talented midfield. With Kante out they have put another attacking player in the midfield. I like Pulisic coming in off the flank.

“Jamie Vardy is a strong boy mentally and he has declared himself fit for tonight.”

7:49PM

Leicester

are a formidable outfit, notably against the other good teams. But they are stronger on their travels. Already won 7 away from home.

7:43PM

Harvey Barnes

“We are playing in a more attacking way this season. It will be strange facing Ben Chilwell. It will feel a bit strange seeing him in a different shirt but we will play hard. We’ll say the hellos after!”

7:42PM

Antonio Rudiger

The recent win “gave us a boost. But with all due respect to Fulham, this is a different opponent.”

7:37PM

Kelly Cates

with an amusingly in-dept description of the PL table, which is very congested at the top – lots of “but if they win, they go seventh” etc stuff and more or less ends with “and that’s numberwang”.

Talking of table tops, here is Top Top Jamie Redknapp. 

7:29PM

Chelsea with an attacking look

this evening, I would imagine that will be a 4-3-3. Mount and Kovacic joined in midfield by Havertz. And then a multi-faceted front three of Hudson-Odoi, Abraham and Pulisic.

7:21PM

Jamie Vardy

fit enough to start the match, then. Which means that Brendan Rodgers can name an unchanged XI.

7:17PM

The teams

Leicester: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Soyuncu, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Under, Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira, Thomas.

Chelsea: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Havertz, Kovacic, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Pulisic. Subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Jorginho, Werner, Zouma, Ziyech, Gilmour, Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Jamie Vardy had a hip problem vs Southampton

Jamie Vardy had a hip problem vs Southampton but is fit to play tonight

Credit:
Telegraph

4:58PM

Good evening

Oooh, they all feel like big games right now for Frank Lampard, don’t they? The Chelsea legend takes his team to the East Midlands tonight, Chelsea on 29 points and the hosts on 35. Chelsea made heavy weather of ten-man Fulham last time out and Lampard said: “We’ve got talent at the top end and it’s my job to sort that out.”

Indeed so. The sense, from the outside anyway, is that Lampard has got an embarrassment of attacking riches on paper but doesn’t know yet how to get all the lights in the Christmas tree working at the same time. Timo Werner looked a really good signing and made a strong start but has faded badly.

Frank Lampard says Timo Werner will ‘get there’, as Chelsea striker’s goal drought continues

Lampard remains confident that, over time, Werner can more than justify his £47.5 million price tag and that his obvious desperation to do better will eventually be rewarded.Lampard said: “Timo may be being hard on himself because any striker worth their salt, who has scored the level of goals he’s scored in the last few years in Germany, will be hard on himself because that’s how you get to the top – you have a desire to score goals.

Obviously he is right to back the player but if you’re going to spend all-but 50 million quid the owner is going to want to know why.

His problems are manifested in the fact that Chelsea are coming undone again and again against the good sides in the League. 

Frank Lampard: Chelsea must be more clinical and start beating the big teams

Tuesday’s game against Leicester represents Chelsea’s last chance to finish the first half of their Premier League campaign with a victory against one of the current top eight.Add in defeats by Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers to the failures to beat Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Southampton, and it is clear where Lampard’s side must start to improve.

Completely unrelated to all this but my goodness have you seen Fernando Torres these days? Nobody is kicking sand in that face. He’s gone the Chris Tremlett route.

As for Leicester, it’s another excellent season, they look to have found a great method and if Vardy stays fit, who knows?

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