Everything you need to know about our final game before the winter break…
It’s third versus fourth in the Premier League and Saturday lunchtime in Leicester for the Blues, who drew 1-1 with the Foxes in the reverse fixture back in August.
When and where
The match takes place on Saturday 1 February in the 12.30pm lunchtime slot at the King Power Stadium.
Press conference info
Frank Lampard will be speaking to the assembled journalists at Cobham on Friday afternoon. There will be full coverage from approximately 1.30pm on this website, the 5th Stand app and our official @chelseafc Twitter. Here’s a look at the topics that could be up for discussion…
Deadline day update
The boss will be speaking to the media just hours before the transfer deadline so there is sure to be talk about any incomings or outgoings in the final knockings of the January window.
Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge throughout the month, while recent media speculation has claimed that Edinson Cavani, Dries Mertens, Luka Jovic and Krzysztof Piatek could all be on their way to SW6. Lampard will provide his latest thoughts.
Top four fight
The gap between Chelsea and Leicester could be down to five points if we are victorious at the King Power, while that would also extend our advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United to nine ahead of their teatime clash with Wolves.
However, an adverse result could change all that and Lampard is likely to be asked about how he sees the race for a Champions League qualification spot as we approach the final third of the Premier League season.
Our last league win against Leicester came back in September 2017, when goals from Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante sealed a 2-1 win away from home. Since then, we have drawn on three occasions and lost one, including the 1-1 stalemate at Stamford Bridge in our first home game of the campaign.
Mason Mount opened the scoring on that day but the Foxes fought back to claim a point and Lampard could be questioned on how he is aiming to get the better of Brendan Rodgers this time out.
Latest Chelsea team news
Tammy Abraham missed our FA Cup victory at Hull after suffering a knock to the ankle in the previous game against Arsenal and there is a question mark over whether the England striker will recover in time for our trip to the East Midlands.
After netting the opener last weekend, Michy Batshuayi will likely deputise if Abraham remains sidelined. Giroud missed the trip to the KCOM Stadium with what Lampard described as ‘a tiny, tiny feeling in his groin’.
Christian Pulisic is likely to remain unavailable with the thigh injury that has kept him out since New Year’s Day, while N’Golo Kante and Reece James have also had time on the treatment table recently. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is definitely out.
Latest Leicester team news
Leicester were in Carabao Cup semi-final action this midweek, denied a place in the Wembley final by a last-minute Aston Villa winner. They will be without Nampalys Mendy, who has been ruled out until March with a knee injury, as well as long-term absentee Daniel Amartey.
Jamie Vardy missed their FA Cup win at Brentford last weekend but returned as a second-half substitute on Tuesday night at Villa.
How to follow live
Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and this website, plus there will also be live text commentary on both those platforms.
How to watch live
The game is being broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK. Highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app from two hours after the final whistle.
Matchday Live: Leicester vs Chelsea will also return exclusively on the app, with a mix of live reaction to the team news and the match action plus analysis and debate throughout the evening.
Referee and VAR
Lee Mason is the referee. The whistler from Lancashire last took charge of a Chelsea match back in September 2018, a 2-0 home win against Bournemouth. Graham Scott is the VAR.