Chelsea will aim to seal a third-place finish in the Premier League when they host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.


Thomas Tuchel will be working hard to lift his Chelsea side after a gut-wrenching FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday – their third consecutive FA Cup final loss. A 3-0 victory over Leeds ended a three-game winless run in the Premier League for Chelsea last week and three points against the Foxes will guarantee a third-place finish for Tuchel’s men this season. The Blues have not been in good form at home though, losing two of the last four (W1, D1) and winning just three of the last nine top-flight matches there, including four draws. However, they have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League matches on home soil. Chelsea managed a 3-0 win over Leicester at the King Power earlier this season, with their most recent premier league double over the Foxes coming all the way back in the 2016-17 season. Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain out with injuries. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are major doubts. N’Golo Kante could pair Jorginho in midfield after a bright cameo at Wembley. Predicted lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Chalobah; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount; Lukaku.


Leicester trashed relegated Watford 5-1 on Sunday to move back into the top half of the premier league table, with that being the first away win in six premier league games for Brendan Rodgers’ side, whose four victories on their travels this premier league season have all come against sides placed 11th or lower. Keeping a clean sheet on the road has been a real problem for the Foxes, who have conceded in 17 of their 18 league matches away from the King Power Stadium (W4, D5, L9). With their four away games against teams in the top five seeing them concede 13 goals and fail to pick up a single point. However, they have lost just three premier league games at Stamford Bridge in the last decade. Leicester can forget about playing in Europe next season but would rise above Wolves into eighth place with a win at Stamford Bridge. Jamie Vardy has endured an injury-ravaged season and notched braces against both Norwich and Watford, taking his Premier League tally for the season to 14. Wilfred Ndidi, Ryan Bertrand, and Ricardo Pereira remain sidelined while Nampalys Mendy and Hamza Choudhury, are major doubts. Predicted lineup: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans; Lookman, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.