Nine months have come and gone, practically in a flash. In our hands, we have a little Champions League baby. Awww, isn’t it cute!?
With a top four finish and thus a golden ticket to the Chocolate Factory in our possession — hurray for possession! — there isn’t much left on the line beyond bragging rights. Finishing in third, ahead of Spurs, is worth very little in terms of prize money (no more than £2m), and finishing fourth puts us in the group stages of the Champions League just the same as third place. Of course, bragging rights are important, and best of the rest behind the two clear front-runners is worth an unquantifiable yet certainly non-zero amount.
All 20 teams play at the same time, which means just about everybody will be watching those two top teams (Manchester City away at Brighton; Liverpool hosting Wolves) with at least one eye each. If you have a third, you’re in luck!
Date / Time: Sunday, May 12, 2019, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT; 7:30pm IST
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Referee: Anthony Taylor — we’re zero-for-two, losing 2-0 both times with Taylor in charge in the league this season.
On TV: none (UK); CNBC (USA); none? (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: NBC Sports Live (USA); Chelsea TV (audio only — int’l); Fubo (affiliate link — USA only)
Leicester City team news: Solidly mid-table, Leicester are set up well to continue competing and steering clear of the relegation zone for the foreseeable future. Former Chelsea reserves coach Brendan Rodgers seems a good fit, and the team have a strong young core to support the best non-league striker ever, the seemingly non-aging Jamie Vardy.
View from the enemy: The Fosse Posse
Chelsea team news: Unlike the home team, Chelsea carry a long list of injured and walking wounded. N’Golo Kanté, Antonio Rüdiger, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all out, while Andreas Christensen was unable to finish Thursday’s game after suffering a heavy knock. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been dealing with cramping issues recently. The situation may be dire enough for Sarri to call on Gary Cahill, even, who’s already said all his goodbyes — last time out however it was Azpilicueta who slotted in at center back following Christensen’s injury.
And this of course won’t be Chelsea’s final match of the season, with the Europa League final coming up at the end of the month, not to mention that anti-Semitism awareness charity match on Wednesday in Foxborough, MA.
Previously: Still buzzing from Thursday night’s penalty shootout win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semifinals.