Chelsea vs. Leicester City, Premier League: Preview, team news, how to watch

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The football diarrhea we witnessed last weekend will hopefully have left our system for good and with the proper violent force – sorry, I’ve been dealing with a bit of gastroenteritis here today (I think?) – and now we can get on the regular road to recovery. Maybe some bland food. Lots of liquids, of course. But no rest!

No, we absolutely cannot afford any kind of rest as the schedule is now increasing in frequency. Another game will follow on Tuesday and until the start of the World Cup in November, fortnightly matches will be the norm (except for a two-week international holiday at the end of September).

Leicester City obviously need a win as much as we do, and they have the narrative power on their side too – although neither team will have Wesley Fofana on their side for this one.

Date Time: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 3:00 PM BST; 10 a.m. EDT; 19:30 IST
Location: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Paul Tierney (on the field); André Marriner (VAR)
Forecast: Cloudy but warm

On TV: none (UK); none (US); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); NTA Sports 24 (NGA); elsewhere
Stream: none (UK); Peacock (USA); Hot Star (India); SuperSport GOtv (NGA)

Chelsea team news: Chelsea have gone a whole week without signing anyone, and while some are in the pipeline for the remaining few days of the transfer window, we are coming into this game with a slightly smaller squad than we are used to. Fortunately, everyone (including Mateo Kovačić) should be available for at least some banking service other than N’Golo Kanté – although clearly he’s a big loss.

Thomas Tuchel has hinted at possible tactical tweaks after the Elland Road debacle, but it seems unlikely he’s throwing his tactical baby out with the bathwater or something.

Photo by Fabrizio Corradetti/PA Images via Getty Images

Leicester City team news: Former Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has been out indefinitely with a knee problem. Future Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana has been ruled out until the end of his Foxes career, which should be this weekend. Ricardo Pereira is also out, while James Maddison undergoes a late fitness test (and a Newcastle test too?).

Leicester scored their first League Cup win of the season mid-week and needed penalties to pass the team as third from bottom (89th out of 92) in the English Football League pyramid. On opening day, they conceded a two-goal lead in the last 30 minutes to equalize; last weekend they gave a one-goal lead in the last 30 minutes to lose. In between, they were hammered by Premier League champions Arsenal (wait, they don’t give out the trophy after three games?!).

It would of course be a mistake to underestimate them, even if they haven’t made a notable purchase this summer – Danny Ward stepped in to take over from Kasper Schmeichel, who has joined Nice; Alex Smithies joined as Cardiff City’s new backup.

View from the enemy: The Fosse Posse

Earlier: Chelsea had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Bridge in May in the penultimate game of the season. Marcos Alonso scored to counter Maddison’s early goal. In the reverse match, Chelsea easily won 3-0 at King Power.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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