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Posted Fri 13 May 16

Match Preview: Chelsea vs. Leicester City

Read a full match preview on the Barclays Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 15 May, 2016 (3pm kick-off). 
Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City will round off their phenomenal 2015/16 campaign when they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. 

The Foxes head to the home of the 2014/15 champions having not being beaten since February, dropping just six points since then. 

Depending on other results, a victory could see Claudio Ranieri’s men win the Premier League by one of the biggest points margins since its formation in 1992. 

The Foxes will be without the suspended Robert Huth for the trip to London, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater is available for selection after serving his one-match suspension. 
After enduring a tough Premier League season, Chelsea will be looking to secure a ninth-place finish with a victory over the Foxes at King Power Stadium on Sunday. 

Eden Hazard’s superb solo goal saw Guus Hiddink’s men earn a point at Anfield on Wednesday, while a late header from Christian Benteke salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liverpool. 

It was winger Riyad Mahrez who dazzled the last time City and Chelsea met. The Algeria international set up Jamie Vardy’s opener, before scoring a sublime goal of his own to secure a 2-1 win at King Power Stadium back in December. 

On the injury front for Chelsea, Willian (hamstring), Thibaut Courtois (illness), Branislav Ivanovic (groin/pelvis), Diego Costa (hamstring), Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) could all miss out, while John Terry is suspended. 
Speaking about his side’s title triumph after Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Everton, Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri told Foxes Player HD: “Not bad! It’s fantastic. The people are unbelievable. Thank you to them because they pushed us all season. I was concentrated to be calm but of course inside I am very happy. It’s unbelievable. 

“I think it was an amazing moment for me because I’m not the youngest and there is another test now. You are the champion of the Premier League and it’s something special for everybody. 

“I’ve lost the finals in England, Spain and Italy but for me to this this is something special. In my career I always thought sooner or later I’d win a title. This is a crazy season and we had fantastic consistency all season. 

“I believe at the top it’s important to have a very good owner after the players and manager. When I saw them in Austria (training) I saw a very good dressing room. They work so hard and they are friends and I tried to blend them.” 
Speaking to after the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Guus Hiddink said: “It was of course a big disappointment in the last minute, but I can say Chelsea played a perfect game. 

“We were defensively well-organised. Offensively we had the intention to score which we did through the beautiful goal of Eden [Hazard]. 

“After that, we had the intention to go for the second but we didn’t kill the game off in the second half. 

“We had two or three open chances, but generally I can be very satisfied with the performance of the team, although it was a nice present for them in the last minute. We played with a lot of intent and ambition and that’s how I like to see us play.” 
Head to head (all competitions): 

Leicester City: 25 
Draws: 29 
Chelsea: 51 

Last three meetings: 

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea 
Barclays Premier League 
Monday 14 December, 2015 
Goals: Vardy 34, Mahrez 48; Remy 77 

Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea 
Barclays Premier League 
Wednesday 29 April, 2015 
Goals: Albrighton 45; Drogba 48, Terry 79, Ramires 83 

Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City 
Barclays Premier League 
Saturday 23 August, 2014 
Goals: Diego Costa 63, Hazard 77 
With four goals in his last four Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea - including the goal against Tottenham that clinched the league for Leicester - forward Eden Hazard looks to be returning to his best. 

The Belgium international signed for the London outfit from French Ligue 1 side Lille in June 2012 for a reported fee of £32 million and has gone on to become one of the stand out players in the Premier League. 

Hazard enjoyed a brilliant 2014/15 campaign, netting 14 Premier League goals to win the PFA Player of the Year – now held by Riyad Mahrez – and the FWA Footballer of the Year, which Jamie Vardy was awarded this term. 

While his form this campaign hasn’t matched previous seasons, Hazard’s performances in recent weeks means he’s set to be a threat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.