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PMB: Leicester v Chelsea - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with today's opponents...


We Have History

Chelsea have won seven of our past eight away games at Leicester in all competitions, with the exception being a 1-2 defeat in the Foxes’ title winning campaign of 2015/16.

Leicester have failed to keep a clean sheet at home to Chelsea in any competition since February 1998 (2-0), conceding in each of their last 11 home games against us (29 goals – an average of 2.6 per game).

On only two previous occasions have the pair met for the last league match of the season. The earliest came at Filbert Street on 9 May 1967, 11 days before the Blues played the first all-London FA Cup final against Tottenham.

End-of-season encounters often provide openings for youngster or reserves and, with Wembley in view, manager Tommy Docherty fielded an experimental side featuring 16-year-old goalkeeper Kingsley Whiffen and fellow debutant George Luke, 20, in midfield.

Ian ‘Chico’ Hamilton, also 16, netted his second goal in three appearances for the Londoners, but this was to prove the last game for all three youngsters.

Hamilton’s goal on the hour was in reply to a brace by home centre-forward Nick Sharkey. Although Blues winger Peter Houseman levelled nine minutes later Bobby Roberts had the final say for the hosts.

Forty-one years later on 15 May 2016 Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester side received a guard of honour and standing ovation at Stamford Bridge as recently crowned Premier League champions. Visiting supporters cheered every touch by Eden Hazard – scorer of the famous equaliser against Spurs that had handed the Foxes the title.

Fikayo Tomori (currently impressing on loan at Derby) made his bow in Guus Hiddink’s farewell game, and Bertrand Traore (now at Lyon) played his final match for the defending champions, who would finish the season 10th.


Kasper Schmeichel kept the buzzing Blues at bay until Jeff Schlupp brought down Nemanaja Matic, with Cesc Fabregas (pictured top) converting the penalty. Soon-to-be-Blue Danny Drinkwater finished from 30 yards late on, though, to secure a draw and preserve a 31-point margin – the biggest between the new and previous season’s champions in Premier League history.


BLUE NOTES

Pat Nevin missed a penalty at Grimsby’s Blundell Park on 12 May 1984, but 10,000 travelling fans were still able celebrate Kerry Dixon’s goal securing the Division Two title and putting Chelsea back in the top flight.


Chelsea are looking to avoid a double league defeat by Leicester for the first time since the 2000/01 campaign, having lost this season’s reverse fixture at the Bridge 1-0.


LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH


Biggest league win at Leicester for each team

Leicester 0-4 Chelsea - 11/01/2004
Leicester 4-0 Chelsea - 01/09/1924



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