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Home away from home – Chelsea’s fine record at the King Power Stadium

Chelsea will look to continue our excellent form at the King Power Stadium when we travel there to face Leicester City in our final game of the Premier League season today.

Since the Foxes made the switch from Filbert Street in 2002, the Blues have visited their home ground on seven occasions and suffered only one defeat, a 2-1 loss in Leicester’s Premier League-winning campaign in 2015/16.

But apart from that loss, Chelsea fans have had plenty to smile about after our other six visits to the King Power.

Premier League - January 2004

Chelsea had good reason to enjoy our first visit to the then-Walkers Stadium in 2003/04 as we recorded our biggest-ever away win against the newly-promoted Foxes. The Blues went ahead after 12 minutes when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink flicked in Joe Cole’s low cross with his heel and the Dutchman then saw his free-kick just before half-time deflect in off Nikos Dabizas. Late goals by Adrian Mutu and Celestine Babayaro sealed a 4-0 win as Leicester were relegated for the second time in three seasons.
 

 

Premier League - April 2015

Leicester staged a great escape in the 2014/15 season when they won seven of their last nine games to avoid relegation, with their only defeat coming at the hands of champions-elect Chelsea. Marc Albrighton gave the hosts the lead late in the first half but Didier Drogba, with the last of his 164 goals for the Blues, levelled early in the second half before a John Terry flick and a thunderous strike by Ramires secured a 3-1 victory which put us within touching distance of the title.

 

EFL Cup - September 2016

Chelsea staged a magnificent comeback, coming from two goals down to eliminate Leicester in the third round of the EFL Cup. A brace by Shinji Okazaki gave the Foxes a 2-0 lead after 34 minutes but Gary Cahill pulled one back in first-half stoppage time before a sensational volley by Cesar Azpilicueta just after the interval levelled the score. The hosts had Marcin Wasilewski sent off late in regulation time and Cesc Fabregas then struck twice in three minutes in extra-time to seal a 4-2 win.

 

Premier League - January 2017

A pair of Marcos Alonso goals set the Blues on course for a 3-0 win over the reigning league champions during the 2016/17 season. The Spaniard rifled home an angled shot after six minutes when he was found unmarked by Eden Hazard and he struck again six minutes into the second half with a deflected effort from the edge of the box. Pedro added a third with a well-placed header after Willian’s cross had struck goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and looped into the air.

 

Premier League - September 2017

N’Golo Kante came back to haunt his former club with a stunning long-range strike against Leicester early in the 2017/18 season. The Blues took the lead through an Alvaro Morata header late in the first half and added a second five minutes after the interval when Kante received the ball in space in the Foxes half and drilled a low right-footed shot from 30 yards into the bottom corner of the net. It proved decisive as Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the home side in our 2-1 win.

 

FA Cup - March 2018

Chelsea’s most recent visit to the King Power came in the FA Cup quarter-finals last season when extra-time was needed after Vardy had cancelled out Morata’s opener for the Blues. Penalties would have settled the match if the score had remained deadlocked after the additional half-hour but the winner arrived in the 105th minute when Kante’s measured cross found Pedro, who got to the ball ahead of Schmeichel to nod home as the Blues won 2-1 en route to lifting the Cup for the eighth time.

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