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Why Chelsea vs Leicester City Premier League clash is not being televised live in the UK

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Chelsea vs Leicester - LIVE!


Chelsea vs Leicester - LIVE!

Thomas Tuchel’s side return to Premier League action this evening safe in the knowledge they are assured of a place in next season’s Champions League.

While that should perhaps be the least Chelsea should expect this late into the season, recent results have been disappointing and their final two games of the campaign provide a real chance to end a turbulent season on a relative high.

First up is Leicester, who while certainly talented, have little to play for.

With the Todd Boehly era dawning, a big performance against Brendan Rodgers’ side would help lift the mood somewhat following last week’s FA Cup loss to Liverpool.

Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi both remain out of contention, while Timo Werner is absent due to a fresh hamstring problem, and Klopp has concerns over Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic - the latter's ankle problem has now swelled up again.

N'Golo Kante's return to fitness could see the Frenchman return to the engine room after a bright cameo at Wembley, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Hakim Ziyech's fresh legs could come in handy after two hours of action in the capital.

Meanwhile, Leicester number one Kasper Schmeichel was surprisingly benched for Danny Ward in the win over Watford, but the Danish shot-stopper is expected to return to the XI for the trip to Chelsea.

Nampalys Mendy was taken off early in that game due to sickness so may be spared from the off here, while Wilfred Ndidi, Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira remain sidelined alongside Hamza Choudhury, who has picked up a knock.

Marc Albrighton and Ademola Lookman are both ready to return to the starting lineup to cover for the affected Mendy in a slight change of shape for the visitors, who should otherwise stick with the winning formula from Vicarage Road.

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Lukaku, Pulisic.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin, Tielemans, Mendy, Maddison, Barnes, Dewsbury-Hall, Vardy.

This could be a well-fought game given Leicester’s recent improvement, coupled with Chelsea’s deflation at losing the FA Cup final on penalties. Chelsea 2-2 Leicester.

The Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup will therefore represent Chelsea's only pieces of silverware this season, but Arsenal's defeat to Newcastle United on Monday night means that Thomas Tuchel's side are guaranteed to finish in the top four and will seal third with all three points in midweek.

A 3-0 thumping of Leeds United did at least end a three-game winless run in the Premier League for Chelsea last week, but Stamford Bridge has not been kind to the Blues in recent months, with Tuchel's side winning just four of their last 12 in front of their own fans.

The capital club have at least found the back of the net in all of those matches and will welcome the visit of a hapless Watford side to their turf on the final day - opponents whom Leicester needed no second invitation to tear apart at the weekend.

Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes - take your pick. Leicester's trio of effervescent Englishmen all produced man-of-the-match worthy performances to put Watford to the sword after an early scare against the relegated Hornets.

Watford certainly threatened more after Joao Pedro's sixth-minute opener, but Vardy's brace, Barnes's double and assist and Maddison's goal and two assists all helped turn the tie around for Leicester, who are doing their utmost to end the season with a flourish.

Rodgers's side can forget about the prospect of competing on the continent next season but would rise above Wolverhampton Wanderers into eighth place with a win at Stamford Bridge, with a top-half finish surely now the minimum requirement for the remainder of the campaign.

Meeting Southampton at home on the final day represents an ideal way for Leicester to round off a turbulent campaign, but it is now six league games on the road without a clean sheet for the Foxes, who have also gone 25 years without winning their last away game of a Premier League season.

Chelsea stormed to a 3-0 win over Leicester at the King Power earlier this season, although their most recent league double over the Foxes came all the way back in 2016-17, and morale will not be at an all-time high in the Blues camp in the wake of further reports concerning the future of the club, or lack of.

Despite falling to another Wembley defeat at the hands of Liverpool, the Blues have had their place in next season’s Champions League confirmed and need only a point to effectively guarantee third position.

Two games on home turf will round off the campaign yet Thomas Tuchel’s side have underwhelmed at Stamford Bridge, winning fewer than half of their 17 home games so far this league season.

That said, Leicester have struggled to keep the goals out on the road and are set for a mid-table finish.

Chelsea come into this game two points clear of Spurs and with a far superior goal difference, but defeat tonight would mean third place was up for grabs on the final day.

Leicester meanwhile have put together back-to-back victories to close in on a top-half finish, and will climb above Wolves to eighth should they win tonight.

Here is everything you need to know. When does Chelsea vs Leicester start?

Chelsea vs Leicester kicks off at 8pm GMT tonight, Thursday 19 May.

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The match will not be broadcast live in the UK, with BT Sport instead choosing to show Aston Villa vs Burnley.

Chelsea could be without Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic, while Timo Werner has been ruled out after a recent hamstring injury.

Leicester are set to be without Ricardo Pereira and long-term absentee Wilfried Ndidi. Youri Tielemans could play despite a knee knock.

Thomas Tuchel revealed on Wednesday his uncertainty over whether Andreas Christensen will play again this season having asked not to feature in the FA Cup final.

Timo Werner pulled up ahead of the defeat to Liverpool with an injury and is out of this game, while Kai Havertz is a doubt following his late withdrawal due to a hamstring complaint. A question mark also hangs over Mateo Kovacic due to his ankle injury.

Ben Chilwell returned to first-team training on Tuesday but will not make this match, along with Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Leicester hope to have Nampalys Mendy fit after illness although Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand, Wilfried Ndidi and Hamza Choudhury look set to miss out.

Chelsea have been rocked by allegations of Andreas Christensen refusing to play in the FA Cup final and disappearing from the team hotel on the morning of the game, and he could have pulled on the blue jersey for the final time ahead of his summer exit.

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