Date: 15th May 2016 at 7:39am
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Last year’s champions host this year’s league winners at Stamford Bridge with Leicester completing their fairytale season aiming for another landmark victory.

Chelsea’s title defence has never really taken off this season, with the Blues poor start under Jose Mourinho seeing them languish around the relegation zone before Guus Hiddink arrived to steady a rapidly sinking ship.

The hosts need a win this weekend to avoid recording a new lowest points total by a defending champion – currently held by Leeds United, who earned only 51 points in 1992/93 a year after winning the old First Division.

Stamford Bridge has not carried the fear factor this season that it has in the past – only Aston Villa have won fewer home games than Chelsea’s five in 2015/16.

Leicester will receive a thoroughly deserved guard of honour from their hosts to mark their incredible title-winning season; a moment that will be particularly sweet for Claudio Ranieri, who returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked by Roman Abramovich at the end of the 2003/04 season.

Whatever happens this weekend, the Foxes will finish the season with the best home and away records in the division and could win the league by a massive 13 points if other results go their way – a truly astounding achievement.

Star striker Jamie Vardy – who collected his Football Writers’ Player of the Year award this week – still has the golden boot in his sights. Vardy has 24 to his name and is just one behind his fellow countryman Harry Kane going into the final round of matches.

Team News:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could miss out for Chelsea through illness, whilst Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa and player of the season Willian are also unlikely to feature. John Terry misses out through suspension and could have played his last game for Chelsea, though the former England captain has been offered a new one-year deal.

Danny Drinkwater is available for the visitors having served his suspension, but Robert Huth is in the midst of his own ban so will miss the trip to West London. Vardy is expected to feature despite suffering from cramp in both hamstrings last weekend.

League Position: Chelsea – 9th (49 pts); Leicester – 1st (80 pts)
Previous Meeting:
Leicester 2-1 Chelsea (December 14, 2015)
Form: Chelsea – LLWDLD; Leicester – WWDWDW
Key Men: Chelsea – Eden Hazard; Leicester – Riyad Mahrez
Shoot Says: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

 
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