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Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester City

16:02 GMT+4 10/05/2019
Cesar Azpilicueta Pedro Chelsea 2018-19
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Sunday

Chelsea secured their first win in four matches against Watford last time out in the Premier League to book their place in next season's Champions League.

Following Tottenham's defeat to Bournemouth, the Blues rose to third place in the table and have achieved their aim of playing in Europe's top club competition for the 2019-20 campaign.

Leicester City away would have been a tough trip for Maurizio Sarri's side had they been relying on that result to secure a top-four spot, with Brendan Rodgers's men having proved tough opposition for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City in recent matches.

Chelsea have also booked a Europa League final date with Arsenal after beating Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in the semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, with that game taking place on May 29.

Chelsea Injuries

Andreas Christensen was substituted with a knock in Thursday's Europa League win and he is now a doubt for Sunday, even though the defender played down fears of a more serious problem after the match.

Antonio Rudiger is out for the season after the knee injury he suffered against Manchester United, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also out for the long-term after rupturing his Achilles against Burnley.

The Blues will also likely have to do without N'Golo Kante, who is set to miss a reunion with his old club on Sunday due to a hamstring problem, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was taken off with cramp against Eintracht but should be fit to play.

Chelsea Suspensions

Neither Chelsea nor Leicester have any suspensions to contend with ahead of Sunday's match.

Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up

Chelsea played their full-strength team against Eintracht and were forced to go the distance with extra time and penalties, so Sarri might look to protect some tired legs to avoid injury ahead of the upcoming European final.

Gonzalo Higuain, Ross Barkley, Davide Zappacosta and Marcos Alonso were left on the bench and they will likely be called upon to freshen things up for the Blues in Leicester.

Azpilicueta is Chelsea's only player to have started all 37 games leading up to their final league game of the season, and he's likely to be in the starting XI once again at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester Team News

Brendan Rodgers is only missing Daniel Amartey for Sunday's game with a leg injury, with his return date not yet known.

TV channel & kick-off time

The match at the King Power Stadium kicks off at 3.00pm BST ( 10.00am ET) on Sunday and it won't be shown on TV in the UK. In the US, the game is available on NBC Sports.

Best Opta Match Facts

  • Leicester are looking to complete the league double over Chelsea for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, having won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 1-0.

  • Chelsea are guaranteed a top four finish in the Premier League this season – since four English clubs could qualify for the Champions League in 2001-02, only Arsenal (15) have finished in these places more often than the Blues (14).

  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 away league games, conceding in each of their last eight. They last conceded in nine consecutive Premier League games on the road in February 2001.

  • Jamie Vardy has scored each of Leicester’s last three goals in all competitions against Chelsea, including the winner in the reverse fixture in December.

  • Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this season (16 goals, 15 assists). Only in 2011-12 with Lille has the Belgian been involved in more goals in a single top-flight campaign (20 goals, 16 assists).