Leicester vs Chelsea Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 20 Nov 2021
The Whites’ main man Raphinha saw his speculative free kick evade everyone before finding the far corner in the 26th minute, but within 10 seconds of the restart after the Brazilian’s opener, Harvey Barnes produced an equally spectacular effort to restore parity for the Foxes. However, Leicester’s struggles to assert themselves in the Europa League means that it is now three games without a win for Rodgers’s side, who sit 12th in the table with just 15 points to their name from a possible 33 so far.
Intense speculation surrounding a possible switch to Manchester United for Rodgers certainly is not helping matters for Leicester, who have posted just two Premier League wins from eight since the start of September and are without a clean sheet in 10 league games.
Rodgers has also witnessed his side ship two goals in each of their last three top-flight games at the King Power Stadium, and not since the 1997-98 season have Leicester managed to prevail against the team starting the gameweek at the top of the table.
With the last international break of the year behind us, the focus returns to club football and league leaders Chelsea’s trip to mid-table Leicester. It will be the Blues’ third 12.30 Saturday start, with the prospect of two more to come at West Ham and Manchester City.
The Foxes have won two of their 15 Premier League fixtures in this time slot while the Londoners’ most recent lunch appointment served up a 7-0 banquet with Norwich footing the bill.
The outcome in the early slot can set the tone for the whole football weekend, lowering or raising the morale of rivals yet to play. Chelsea have now been at the pinnacle of the Premier League for seven weeks, the club’s longest period of sustained leadership since the title-winning 2016/17 season.
There is a three-point gap between the Blues and Manchester City and West Ham, whose games at home to Everton and away at Wolverhampton follow on. Liverpool, four points behind the champions of Europe, host Arsenal on Sunday.
Curiously, the way the first 18 fixtures fell meant Chelsea were able to wear blue each time. The yellow change kit will be used for the first time at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester rank 12th for home league form and are winless in two matches across all competitions.
Having swept aside nearly all who have come before them so far this term, Chelsea being held to a 1-1 draw by Sean Dyche’s Burnley certainly came as a surprise, with the Clarets doing well to halt the league leaders’ momentum in West London.
Kai Havertz headed home from Reece James’s peach of a cross with 33 minutes on the clock, but super sub Matej Vydra took just nine minutes to level the scores after coming off the bench, tapping home in acres of space at the back post in front of a stunned Chelsea crowd.
Thomas Tuchel’s side saw their seven-game winning run in all competitions come to an abrupt end just before the international break, but the Blues still have a healthy three-point lead at the top of the rankings ahead of Manchester City and West Ham United.
The Blues have also won their last three away games in the top flight without shipping a single goal and have conceded just once on the road in the 2021-22 Premier League season, unsurprisingly the best defensive in the league by far.
Leicester prevailed 2-0 at the King Power in this fixture last term during the final days of Frank Lampard’s reign before that historic FA Cup triumph, but Tuchel’s Chelsea claimed a 2-1 win over the Foxes at Stamford Bridge back in May.
Leicester: Brendan Rodgers has struggled to figure out what his best XI is this season. While injuries to Wilfred Ndidi, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, and others haven’t helped things, indecisiveness between formations has been an issue. Shifting between a back three, two up top, and three up top leaves all of the attackers in the cold on what they should do especially Kelechi Iheanacho. While he has produced when called upon, the Foxes can’t stay in a 4-4-2 long enough for him to make an impact. Hopefully, an international break at home has helped James Maddison too as he needs to pick up his performances if Leicester is going to climb out of the bottom half.
Chelsea: Chelsea needs to figure out what their scoring plan is without Romelu Lukaku. In their last for matches, the Blues have only scored more than one goal once and that was when they faced Newcastle. But they’ve also pitched shutouts in three of those four matches showing that you can only struggle so much at the top of the league. A lot of Chelsea players have played quite a few minutes during the break which could see Trevor Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek come in for squad rotation.