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Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.


The reigning champions have made a poor start to their title defence, particularly on the road where they have yet to win and shipped a league-high 10 goals.

It has been a mixed start for the Blues, meanwhile, as a recent run of three games without a win - which ended with three points against Hull City prior to the two-week break - has already left them playing catch-up on leaders Manchester City.

Can Leicester get their league campaign back on track with victory in West London? Find out below with our extensive updates.

OFFICIAL LINE-UPS


CHELSEA: Courtois; Moses, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Alonso; Kante, Matic; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel; Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Schlupp; Musa, Vardy





















The full-time whistle sounds at Stamford Bridge, meaning back-to-back wins for Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!

90+3 min FULL TIME: CHELSEA 3-0 LEICESTER CITY

90+1 min We are one minute into three added on at the end of this one-sided affair at Stamford Bridge, and there is little sign of the scoreline altering. An impression showing by Chelsea, but another terrible result for Leicester on their travels.

89 min A few minutes of added time expected, with Chelsea closing in on back-to-back wins now. It has been fairly straightforward, in truth, as Conte's men were two ahead 33 minutes in and never under any serious threat from that point on.

87 min Leicester had lost just one of their last five Premier League games in London after losing 17 and drawing one of the previous 20, but it is back to losing ways in the capital. Ranieri's men did get forward a few moments ago but the cross had too much on it for Slimani.

85 min Chelsea in exhibition mode now, with the game all over thanks to Moses's strike a few minutes ago. Back to the drawing board for Ranieri, whose side cannot stop conceding on their travels - let alone pick up any points.

83 min CHELSEA SUBS! Points now safely in the bag, Conte makes his final two changes. Goalscorers Hazard and Moses make way, with Loftus-Cheek and Aina brought on in their place to add some freshness in the closing stages.

81 min If this was intended, which is appeared to be, then we can close the assist of the season competition. Chalobah's flicked pass into the path of Moses is coolly tucked away by the Nigerian to earn the three points for Chelsea in style. Superb ball from the second-half sub!

80 min GOAL! CHELSEA 3-0 LEICESTER CITY (VICTOR MOSES)

78 min SAVE! Another save made by Schmeichel, who gets across to push aside Matic's deflected shot inside the box. The Serbian was allowed to keep on running into a central position, but credit to the visitors for getting in a block when it mattered.

76 min Conte about to make the second of his three changes, as the Blues look to tick down the clock. The opening 20 minutes of this half were gripping but it has gone off the boil since Leicester made their double alteration midway through.

74 min LEICESTER CITY SUB! City's momentum does appear to have been halted now and Chelsea are breathing a little easier. Andy King is now on for their final change, replacing Albrighton with just 15 minutes of the game to go.

72 min CLOSE! So close to a third for Chelsea, which will kill off Leicester for good. Costa's attempt is stopped by Schmeichel, but it lands in the path of Kante whose shot is blocked by Morgan right on the line. That would have gone in if not for the skipper.

70 min Kante wins back the ball, as ever, which allows Costa and Hazard to exchange passes. A little too slick in the end, though, as Leicester deal with the danger inside their own box and clear their lines. Twenty minutes left to play at Stamford Bridge.

68 min CHELSEA SUB! Conte responds immediately to that double change by bringing on Chalobah for his third senior Chelsea appearance, in place of Pedro who has done well this afternoon. The Spaniard is a tad upset to have been hauled off.


66 min LEICESTER CITY SUBS! Musa and Schlupp are replaced by big hitters Slimani and Mahrez. A different kind of challenge for Chelsea to deal with now, in a game that is far from over at this stage in proceedings.


64 min Still no changes with 25 minutes of the game to go, but Ranieri has called two of his player back towards the dugout so that could be about to change. In a complete contrast to the first half, Leicester now the side largely in control.

62 min OFF THE POST! This is a brilliant game for the neutral now, thanks to Leicester's ability to finally click into gear in attack. A cross from the right was into the area of Vardy, who has barely had a touch all game, but Luiz got there first and diverted the ball onto his own post. A tad fortunate, but a great bit of defensive play.

60 min City continuing to build some momentum now, using aggression to quickly win back the ball and pounce forward. Fuchs gives away the most needless of free kicks down the left-hand side, though, which allows Chelsea to take the sting out of things.


58 min Next goal in this game, if it does indeed arrive, really is huge now, with Leicester looking far more livelier in attack but also being left open to counters at the back. Both managers waiting to make their first changes from the bench.

56 min SAVE! Certainly an improvement from the Foxes but they are still unable to trouble their opponents in terms of shots and chances. They did win another corner, though, which Albrighton takes for Chelsea to clear and break through Kante. The midfielder laid it off for Moses, who took on the shot first time for Schmeichel to push aside.


54 min Albrighton finds space in a promising zone but cannot keep his shot on target. Ranieri will be happy with this response from his players, with Conte perhaps thinking of a change as we approach the hour mark at Stamford Bridge.

52 min Much better from Leicester in this second half, as they show more attacking intent and get bodies forward. That opens the door for Chelsea to attack up the other end but the Foxes could not continue to sit back all game.

50 min YELLOW CARD! Third penalty appeal of the half already, as Fuchs gets a hold on Pedro inside the box. Just like the other two, though, it would have been incredible harsh had Andre Marriner given it. Azpilicueta is booked for a late challenge on Musa.

48 min No changes made by Ranieri at the break, incidentally, so he will stick with his current deck of cards for a little while longer. Schlupp is halted by Moses when charging into the box but the Leicester man was definitely looking for it.

46 min RESTART! Chelsea get us back under way at Stamford Bridge, where they lead champions Leicester City by two goals. Pedro immediately gets into the box from a long ball, but his appeals for a penalty are turned down by Andre Marriner.


Chelsea take a 2-0 lead into the break at Stamford Bridge following a dominant first-half display against champions Leicester City. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were both on target for the hosts, and Leicester really cannot have any complaints as they barely mustered an attacking move all half.


45+2 min HALF TIME: CHELSEA 2-0 LEICESTER CITY

45+1 min Hernandez's cross is met by Musa, who does all he really can with the ball but can only direct it well wide of the target. Leicester's first attempt of any note this half, but not one to really shout about at this late stage.

44 min Pedro turns on the style to instigate an attacking move for his side, which culminates in Hazard cutting inside and firing away a shot which is well blocked. The Blues desperate to add a third before the break to kill this game off for good.

42 min SAVE! Another well-struck from Luiz, this time from the opposite side but with similar ferocity. Schmeichel was just happy to parry the ball away, where thankfully for him no Chelsea player was near enough to capitalise.

40 min City win their first corner, which is horribly dealt with by the hosts. Alonso perhaps didn't expect the ball to make it as far as it did, and he rather scuffed his clearance back into the mix, where it was again helped behind.

38 min So many similarities to that game at Old Trafford last month, which Leicester crumbled in to concede four times in the first half. Still seven minutes of the first half to go here, but the visitors are finally starting to wake up now.

36 min The ball is crying out to be blasted by Matic on the edge of the box, but he wants to take a touch and he gets it stuck under his feet. Chelsea good value for their two-goal lead and are looking likely to bag a third before the break.

34 min Yet another terrible goal for Leicester to concede, as they face another potential heavy defeat right in the face. Hazard did get a tad fortunate as a through-ball deflected rather fortunately for him, but he still had work to do as he rounded Schmeichel and rolled the ball home.

33 min GOAL! CHELSEA 2-0 LEICESTER CITY (EDEN HAZARD)

31 min Alonso's deep free kick is headed clear by Morgan. Leicester still yet to have a shot of any note, and you can count on one hand the amount of times they have ventured forward into their opponents' half of the field. That said, it is still only 1-0 at this stage.

29 min OFF THE POST! Luiz within inches of scoring a world-class goal, as his free-kick attempt from 35 yards out crashes back off the upright. It was one of those which swerved a lot in the air, leaving Schmeichel beaten but with the frame of the game to his rescue.

27 min YELLOW CARD! A booking for Huth on his latest return to Stamford Bridge, following a unnecessary challenge 35 yards from goal. Luiz is the man standing over the free kick, which he will likely take on despite the distance.

25 min Conte may be concerned by his side's lack of real chances with more than quarter of this match now played, as they are dominating the ball but have created just that one opening so far, which Costa more than made the most of.

23 min Chelsea knocking the ball around with ease at the moment, really using the width of the pitch through Moses and Alonso down the flanks. Leicester may get chances to burst forward as the game goes on but at the moment they have shown zero attacking intent.

21 min Pedro's cross has a little too much on it for Costa, who just could not head the ball back into a dangerous area. The Blues really are dominating things at the moment and are looking good value to inflict another heavy defeat on their opponents.

19 min Half a chance for Hazard, as Kante scoops a ball over the Leicester backline for the Belgian to latch on to. Hazard timed his run perfectly but failed to make the right contact from a tight ankle, with the ball looping into the air for Schmeichel to collect.

17 min No chances or shots since that breakthrough Chelsea goal, but it is the Blues who will be happier with the way things have panned out since that point. City do look a little livelier now, though, and are being urged on by their fans to get out of this slump.

15 min Leicester now finally knocking the ball around and working their way into midfield, rather than constantly sitting back and looking for the counter-attacking opportunity. A cross comes in from Albrighton which Courtois collects ahead of Vardy.

13 min Chelsea on fire at the moment and really closing in on a second. Moses gets the better of Schlupp down the left and sends in a dangerous cross which makes its way right to the back post, where a red shirt is waiting to put the ball behind for a corner.

11 min The hosts win a second corner of the match, which this time is easily dealt with by Drinkwater at the front post. Chelsea continuing to boss the ball now and not allowing their opponents to counter when they do win back possession.

9 min First corner of the match and Leicester have conceded. This is as bad a piece of defending you are likely to see at this level, as the ball made its way through the box to Costa who had absolute acres of space to just blast the ball through Schmeichel and into the net. That's seven goals in eight games for the Spaniard and 39 overall for Chelsea.

8 min GOAL! CHELSEA 1-0 LEICESTER CITY (DIEGO COSTA)

7 min SAVE! First bit of attacking quality of the match comes from Moses down the right-hand flank, with his cross deflecting off Fuchs and towards the bottom corner. Schmeichel was alert to the danger and got down well to concede a corner.


5 min Hazard has looked lively early on, but some of his decision-making has been questionable. First, a simple pass was easily pounced on by Hernandez, before the Belgian opted to take on a shot which ended a good five yards wide of the target in the end.

3 min The hosts bossing the ball in the early stages of this game, as expected, but they have been unable to make too many inroads in the opposition half thus far. Costa almost slipped in by Hazard but City had a man across to sweep up the ball.

1 min KICKOFF! We are up and running at Stamford Bridge, with Leicester City - sporting their all red strip - getting proceedings under way. Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante receiving some jeers from the away fans early on here.

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