FULL TIME: CHELSEA WIN!
90+4min: One more counter for Chelsea, but Barkley runs to the corner and that’s that.
90+3min: Abraham turns the ball over but Caballero catches Justin’s cross.
90min: Barkley takes the corner, which RLC gets to, but his header is deflected wide. Chelsea take the next corner short and maintain possession. Not for long as Zouma has to hack clear. 4 minutes added on.
89min: After the defensive effort, Chelsea have a FOUR-v-two counter, but Barkley again makes some bad decisions, first by passing behind Abraham, then going for goal himself. Schmeichel makes good save.
88min: A succession of crosses from right, left, left, and left again from Leicester, but Chelsea remain strong. We almost manage to clear, but Pedro gives the ball back. Another cross from the right, then Azpi and Kante combine for blocks.
84min: RLC called for a foul on the touchline and Tielemans swings it in. RLC heads clear, but Leicester recover and cross in again. Caballero flaps at it, Soyuncu heads it but Azpi’s head is in the way to deflect it over the bar. Chelsea scramble the corner away.
83min: Emerson goes on a run into the area, but his final pass doesn’t find a target. Chelsea win the ball back to prevent any counter.
81min: RLC intercepts and finds Abraham, who plays on for Barkley. He ignores Pedro’s run and goes for the big shot, which he hammers well over.
79min: Abraham holds the ball up well and helps create a Chelsea counter, but Barkley’s pass is horrendous and behind RLC. Leicester quickly turn the other way, but Chilwell’s long range effort is weak and Caballero collects.
78min: Pedro on for Willian
76min: Leicester play it around and through Chelsea on the left, but Willian’s sliding block is enough to put off Chilwell, who puts it out for a goal kick to Chelsea. Gray on for Barnes for the home side.
74min: Leicester starting to press for the equalizer. Chelsea staying strong, for now.
72min: Loftus-Cheek on for Pulisic as the rains arrive as well.
71min: Barnes runs at the backline and finds Vardy in the area. He turns and shoots, but Zouma’s there to block.
68min: Pulisic almost nicks the ball away from an Ndidi loose touch, but an unlucky bounce takes it out for a throw. Drink break!
65min: Barkley with another chance, but his shot from just inside the area after a nice run from Pulisic is a bit tame and Schmeichel makes the save.
63min: GOOOOOALLLL!!! ROSS BARKLEY!!!! Willian and Azpilicueta combine on the right and the former is left in acres of space to pick a cross. And that he does, picking out Barkley making the run at the front post. Great ball in, Barkley arrives and finishes first time. 1-0, CHELSEA!!!
62min: Pulisic this time’s tackled and Kante misses his interception as Leicester counter. Tielemans’ pass is cut out by Zouma.
61min: Another good run from Pulisic, but it’s 2-v-6 in the center and his hopeful short cross doesn’t find a taker.
59min: Chilwell mis-hits a cross and it almost drops in over the head of Caballero. The top of the crossbar saves the day.
57min: Albrighton and Choudhury on for Leicester. Praet, Perez off.
56min: Leicester counter with Justin on the right and he finds an open Tielemans breaking into the box. His first touch is bad and Chelsea can clear.
55min: Pulisic and Abraham combine again, and Abraham this time finds the back of the net even, but the flag is up again and he’s clearly offside on replay.
53min: Willian ignores Barkley’s run then hits a terrible pass, but Chelsea maintain possession and turn upfield with Pulisic. He chips forward to Abraham who then crosses back in for Pulisic to hit towards goal. Schmeichel makes a nice save, but the flag is up anyway as Abraham had strayed offside. Nice play though.
51min: More good pressure from Chelsea as Kovacic nips in and almost has a great chance to shoot. Leicester clear for a throw, and Chelsea maintain possession.
49min: The three substitutes combine to win another corner. Emerson takes from this side, inswinging from the right, but Vardy heads clear at the near post.
48min: Chelsea press and win a corner. Willian takes, just over a Chelsea head as Soyuncu clears.
46min: Triple change at half-time for Chelsea (Gilmour, James, Mount off; Kovacic, Azpilicueta, Barkley on), but it’s Leicester who have the first chance after Rudiger heads into Vardy but Caballero is equal to his cross/shot.
HALF-TIME: All to play for as neither team could find the back of the net in the first 45, despite several good chances to do so.
45+1min: Leicester win a corner as Gilmour blocks a cross. Tielemans takes, Emerson heads behind. Tielemans takes again, Gilmour misses his header at the near post, the ball his Mount and bounces behind. No time to take this one as Dean blows for half time.
44min: Rudiger does well to shield the ball from Barnes and win a free kick deep on the right flank. Caballero goes long but Chelsea lose the second ball and Leicester send Vardy over the top. Vardy doesn’t hit it cleanly however and the ball goes wide of the far post.
40min: Gilmour and Pulisic not on the same page and Leicester look to counter. Kante hammers in with a slide tackle to stop the initial thrust, then the pass for Vardy is too long.
39min: Gilmour’s pass is deflected and intercepted again, but the youngster combines with Kante to recover well and stop the danger.
38min: Leicester have a corner after Rudiger blocks a Chilwell cross. Tielemans takes, Emerson clears the poor effort at the near post for a throw. Chelsea then win the ball again and hack it clear.
35min: Pulisic with another lovely turn in the center, gets pulled back and Justin wins the ball, then wins a foul off Abraham. Some strange calls there from referee Mike Dean.
33min: Perez and Justin combine for Leicester and the former puts in a nice cross after running off of Pulisic, but only Gilmour there at the far post to head clear.
31min: At the other end, Rudiger dives in but doesn’t get the ball and Barnes has a chance from a narrow angle, but he blazes it well over.
30min: Chelsea with great build-up, Emerson, Gilmour, Mount involved, finding Pulisic in the area. He turns and finds space to shoot, but Schmeichel makes the tremendous reaction save to prevent what looked like a certain goal. What a chance...
29min: Perez wins a free kick for Leicester, similar position as earlier. Another good delivery from Chilwell, Evans gets ahead of Rudiger but doesn’t make good contact on the header and Chelsea survive. Let off.
27min: Chelsea pass it around for a bit, then probe the right, but Willian’s pass for Mount is a bit too strong as well.
26min: Chelsea restart the game and for Abraham over the top. The pass from Zouma is a bit too long however.
24min: Pulisic this time in central midfield, turns upfield and is hacked down by Soyuncu, who gets the game’s first yellow for his troubles. Drink break!
23min: Another Chelsea half-chance as Pulisic knocks a long balll down, then gets a loose bounce in his favor. But his layoff to an open shooter is then intercepted.
22min: Chelsea create a meaningful attack with Willian running right-to-left, playing on to Pulisic who cuts infield. He sees the central run of Gilmour, but his pass is mistimed and the chance is gone.
21min: Zouma and Emerson makes a couple terrible passes between themselves, but Zouma stretches out a toe to prevent Vardy from stealing in.
20min: Tielemans intercepts a Gilmour square ball and runs at the defense, opting to shoot from 20 yards. Caballero down to block for a corner, which Gilmour clears at the near post for another corner. Tielemans takes again, Caballero punches then Kante completes the clearance.
18min: Kante gets a tough ball from Caballero and loses out to Ndidi who he plays wide to Praet, who puts in a very nice cross from the right. Fortunately, no takers for Leicester and Chelsea have a goal kick.
16min: Pulisic wins a foul on the right touchline off Chilwell. James crosses in; Pulisic wins the header but it’s a looping effort that is easily caught by Schmeichel.
14min: James slips and takes out Barnes, which gives Leicester a free kick in a good position. In comes the cross from the left, finding a wide open Ndidi. Fortunately his header is straight at Caballero, who catches and holds on.
13min: Barnes and Vardy combine well on the left and the latter runs at the backline, but Chelsea recover well to force him to turn back.
10min: Chelsea finally settle the game down a bit, and even maintain possession for a spell. Leicester still pressing hard and quick.
7min: Willian loses the ball and Leicester counter quickly. A toe in from Kante prevents immediate danger, then James stays with Barnes as the ball runs out for a goal kick.
6min: Chelsea finally cross midfield after Abraham wins a foul at halfway.
5min: Still all Leicester as Chelsea struggle to play out from the back but Rudiger holds off Tielemans in the area to shepherd the ball out of the area.
4min: Leicester come again on the left, but Zouma tracks Vardy well in the channel and makes a good block on an attempted cross.
3min: Chelsea lose the ball again after another sloppy pass from Gilmour and counter in the short-field with Ndidi. Caballero sticks out a hand to block a cross and Chelsea can clear. It’s all Leicester at the moment.
2min: A strong first few seconds from Leicester after Gilmour gives the ball away, but Chelsea recover to prevent any real danger from Barnes or others.
KICK-OFF: Chelsea in all white, Leicester City in blue shirt and socks with white short. And it’s Chelsea who get us underway!
Just three wins separate Chelsea from winning a trophy for the fourth season running. This would be win number one.
Of course, the same is true for Leicester City. But with congested schedules and a close battle for the top four, both teams have to be wary of overextending themselves.
And sure enough, Lampard makes six changes from Thursday night, although it’s still a strong lineup thanks to the depth at hand.
Here we go!
Leicester City starting lineup (4-3-3):
Schmeichel | Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Justin | Tielemans, Praet, Ndidi | Barnes, Vardy, Pérez
Substitutes from: Ward, Morgan, Bennett, Fuchs, Choudhury, Mendy, Gray, Albrighton, Iheanacho
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Caballero | Emerson, Zouma, Rüdiger, James | Kanté, Gilmour | Pulisic, Mount, Willian (c) | Abraham
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovačić, Pedro, Giroud
Date / Time: Sunday, June 28, 2020, 16.00 BST; 11am EDT; 8:30pm IST
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Referee: Mike Dean (on pitch); Martin Atkinson (VAR)
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Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.