Chelsea v Leicester on Premier League Live

Gary Cahill

Jamie Vardy is back in contention for Leicester City as they travel to Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Their team had thrashed Stoke 5-0 in their final Premier League home game of 2017 but Chelsea have badly missed that creativity, cutting edge and ruthlessness in front of goal since the turn of the year.

Mahrez was also involved in the second half's first major talking point, when he darted onto the ball in the box and went to ground having attempted to engineer contact with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea turned their attention back to the Premier League, following their excursions in the League Cup against Arsenal in midweek, by entertaining Leicester City.

Fresh off two consecutive goalless draws against Norwich City and Arsenal, Chelsea are by no stretch of imagination at their best, and Leicester should be looking to exploit that.

The 48-year-old said: "I saw a lot of players that looked exhausted".

Jamie Vardy struck in the previous match between these two sides and, after sitting out against his former club Fleetwood Town, the No.9 will be fresh to run relentlessly at the home defence.

N'Golo Kante
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with France in October

Chelsea, who had Gary Cahill leave the field in the 33rd minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, applied pressure after that but rarely threatened Kasper Schmeichel, who easily clawed away a free kick from Marcos Alonso in injury time. "He can still communicate with his players during the match and speak to them at half-time as well". Then we tried to win the game.

Asked if fatigue was the reason for taking off Hazard and Fabregas so early, Conte replied: "Yes".

The game eventually ended 0-0.

Chelsea fans made their frustrations very clear late on in the game by booing and whistling at the players whenever they made a mistake.

Crystal Palace v Burnley - We move across to Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace have been far from convincing ever since they were promoted back into the top-flight, although Roy Hodgson's men have only lost one of their past eleven league games overall.

"I appreciate a lot this player because he is a really good player, Vardy".

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