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Chelsea face the current Premier League leader Leicester City at King Power Stadium tonight ( KO 20.00) Here we bring you the predicted line ups for the game.

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1):

Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

 

Leicester City (4-4-2):

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.

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Thiago Silva against Chelsea in Champions League, 2015 © Francesca Ceciarini

The 2015-2016 Champions League Last 16 draw live on ChelseaNews24.com

Chelsea will be in the pot of the winners of the groups, and they can face all the runner-ups except the English teams and the runner-up of their group.

The other group winners are:

Real Madrid

Wolfsburg

Atletico Madrid

Manchester City

Fc Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Zenit St. Petersburg

So possible Chelsea rivals are:

PSG

PSV Eindhoven

Benfica

Juventus

Roma

Gent

After the presentation the draw starts:

 

GENT v WOLFSBURG

ROMA v REAL MADRID

PSG v CHELSEA

again! it’s the third time in 3 season!

ARSENAL v FC BARCELONA

JUVENTUS v BAYERN MUNICH

PSV v ATLETICO de MADRID

BENFICA v ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG

DYNAMO KIEV v MANCHESTER CITY

 

the draw is finished, we will update you shortly on the matchdays UEFA will choose.

 

 

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Leicester at the King Power Stadium tomorrow, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 13th December. 

 

Full-time score:

Leicester win: SB – 19/20, L – 2/1, C – 21/10

Draw: SB – 12/5, L – 12/5, C – 12/5

Chelsea win: SB – 11/8, L – 11/8, C – 11/8

 

First goalscorer:

Jamie Vardy: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, C – 11/2

Shinji Okazaki: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Riyad Mahrez: SB – 15/2, L – 7/1, C – 6/1

Leonardo Ulloa: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Marc Albrighton: SB – 14/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

No goalscorer: SB – 9/1, L – 8/1, C – 9/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 8/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Pedro: SB – 7/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Diego Costa: SB – 11/2 L – 11/2, C – 11/2

Willian: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

 

Final Score:

Leicester win:

1-0: SB – 8/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

2-0: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 16/1

2-1: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

3-0: SB – 33/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

3-1: SB – 25/1, L – 22/1, C – 22/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 45/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 200/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

2-0: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 11:1

2-1: SB – 17/2, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

3-0: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 22/1

3-1: SB – 18/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

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claudio ranieri

Chelsea will look to return to winning ways as they face Leicester tomorrow at the King Power Stadium (20:00 GMT KO).

The Blues were stunned at home to Bournemouth last week; Glenn Murray’s late goal condemning Chelsea to their first defeat in four.

Leicester are currently the success story of the season, currently sitting third after a miraculous season under former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. They have lost just one all season.

Last season Chelsea took maximum points from the Foxes. A goal from Diego Costa on his home debut and a strike from Eden Hazard securing a 2-0 win, before overcoming tomorrow’s opponents 1-3 in the Midlands.

 

Last five games:

Leicester: LWWWDW (includes one League Cup game).

Chelsea: LWWDLW (includes two Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Chelsea have no new injury concerns.

– Radamel Falcao continues to be sidelined.

– Leicester welcome back Nathan Dyer, who was ineligible against Swansea last week.

– Matt James and Ritchie de Laet remain out.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have won their last eight league and cup games against Leicester.

– Leicester haven’t beaten Chelsea since 2001.

– The Foxes have lost just once in the 19 league games since their loss to Chelsea in April.

– Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted in 13 consecutive Premier League games.

– Jose Mourinho’s side have kept four clean sheets in their last five games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. AFC Bournemouth, lost 0-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Baba, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, Hazard.

Leicester (away vs. Swansea, won 0-3): Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy.

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Former Chelsea player Joe Cole is convinced that Jose Mourinho is still able restore the glory of Chelsea this season.

According to Ex-Blues, even if Mourinho’s team are currently sitting 17 points behind league leaders they are still able to fight for the most important titles in the Premier League and, above all, in the Champions League, taking into account that they have a coach who is the most decorated over the different leagues.

Cole told Sky Sports:

“Anything is possible, and that’s why we watch football,”

“You can’t rule them out as champions…that team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.”

“I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it’s football. It’ll be interesting in the next few weeks. The fans haven’t turned, they’re right behind the manager and the chairman.”

“The main thing you’ve got to think about is you’ve got the best manager in the world there…fact. ”

“That’s not down to opinion, Mourinho is the most decorated over the different leagues. ”

“For Chelsea to move forward, you’ve got to stick with the manager and let him do what he does best. I don’t think anyone can dispute his record and I’m sure he’ll be relishing turning it around.”

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The results of the draw for the group stage of the 2016 European Championship finals in France are already known. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four from four pots of seeds.

Group A:

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

Group B:

England, Wales, Slovakia,Russia

Group C:

Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine

Group D:

Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia

Group E:

Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Italy

Group F:

Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has urged his team to fully concentrate on the Premier League now as the Blues have already secured promotion to the final 16 of the Champions League.

Ivanovic told Chelsea’s official website:

”It was psychologically a very important game for us because we won and we played well in a big game,’

”We showed what we are capable of. We had been doing well in the Champions League this season and we had got ourselves in to a good position going into the game. The pressure was a little bit different to a league game because we didn’t have to win even though of course we wanted to.”

”We went through in first place and we couldn’t have done more than that. We can take the positives from it but now our mind must be really focused towards the next game. It’s time to fully concentrate on the Premier League now, and we have to do everything we can to change our situation.”

The Serbia international spoke also about his three weeks absence caused by the the hamstring injury:

”It was difficult to be out and to see your team-mates playing and fighting for something knowing you cannot help, but when I look back now maybe it was a good time for me because I found peace.”

”The most important thing was to come back from injury stronger, and now I can say I am feeling much better and I am good to play. I still think I can do much, much better to be at the level I was at last season, so I have to keep working very hard.”

”It’s a good feeling for me personally to be back in the team and wearing the armband, but what is much more important is how we do as a team rather than what we do as individuals,”

Chelsea player has taken confidence too from captaining the team on a couple of occasions since his comeback after John Terry suffered an injury on his own :

”When you are in a difficult period you need really strong personalities and really strong guys. You need leadership on the pitch when you are playing. Players with experience can add this to the team.”

”The results have been something very different to what we are used to at Chelsea, but I have experience of this kind of situation. I know how it works, and I know that after a difficult period there is always light and something good comes.”

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Leicester City captain Wes Morgan is convinced that manager Ranieri and whole the team deserve their position at the top of the Barclays Premier League. The Foxes are currently awaiting Monday’s clash against Chelsea.

Morgan told Foxes Player HD:

“Just to say that [Leicester are top] is amazing”

“We’ve done well so far and I’m sure people are surprised that we’re actually here but we definitely deserve to be here.”
“We’ve played some fantastic stuff this season and we just want to keep the run going. We don’t want to get too carried away but at the same time we need to enjoy what we’ve achieved so far.”
“We can’t get too carried away. We’re in December, a third of the way through the season but we know how quickly things can change. We just want to stay grounded, stay confident and keep playing well.”
“[Defensively] We are just trying to gel. There have been a few different players in different positions in the defence and we’re just trying to get to know each other’s games and it took us a few games to establish that. ”
“We’re probably at the point now where we know what our strengths and weaknesses are and we’ve kept a couple of clean sheets but we want to keep a lot more.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced that the Blues are finally heading in the right direction with their performances. The Special One promises that his team will try to build on an impressive performance against Leicester on Monday at King Power Stadium.

Mourinho told the Chelsea official website:

”We need results, it doesn’t matter about the competition”

”We need to win matches, win points. We need what we are now having regularly, which is lots of clean sheets, very few goals conceded.”

”We have defensive stability now but we need to score more goals. Even against Porto we could have scored five. Diego and Hazard are not scoring goals but the way they played against Porto, sooner or later goals are coming. Their performance against Porto was very good so at this moment I’m less worried than I was.”

”Independent of the last defeat against Bournemouth, in the last couple of months everyone is improving, the team is improving. We are going in a good direction in terms of the level of individuals and the team consistency.”

”We had some good results where we could say this is the end of such a bad period, but we are always having negative results which bring us back to a position we are not proud with. The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressurised pressure match was so good.”

”Last season the team was fantastic and he was fantastic, he had huge responsibility in the quality of our team, he was fundamental. This season he is at the same level as the team. The team is not playing especially well.”

”Last season you could say it was an amazing season for Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry . This season it’s more difficult to say a certain player has been magnificent, you have two or three where you could say that.”

”I don’t see Cesc being any different than the team. Every minute he is on the pitch the commitment is there, the professionalism is there. He’s always trying and never afraid to play, have the ball or make a mistake. He has my complete trust.”

”We like to play at Stamford Bridge, the fans are being unbelievable with us”

”I feel like I don’t know how to react when the people are so nice, when they sing my name and say “stand up for the Special One.”

”When you are champions and winning matches you wave, you share the emotion with the people. Now I know for sure Chelsea fans don’t have memory problems, they don’t need a special vitamin to feed their memories, they are amazing. If not they wouldn’t treat me and the players as they are doing. They wouldn’t create a nice Stamford Bridge for us, so for sure we want to play at home, that’s not a problem for us.”

 

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OSCAR

Chelsea midfielder Oscar hopes that recent victory over Porto and advance to the next phase of the Champions League will affect on the improvement of the Blues performances at the Premier League.

The Brazilian who received a standing ovation for his performances on Wednesday, hopes that the Blues will be able to win the next few games in a row to keep the confidence between the players.

Oscar told the Chelsea official website:

”Because everyone knew it was an important game we were very concentrated”

”We knew we needed to win, everybody was confident and we played better.”

”The manager said to stay confident and show our quality. The team played very well and we won the game.”

”We need to play like this in the Premier League as well, we need to win our next game, it’s very important for us.”

”We need to win two or three games (in a row) to keep the confidence”

”The win against Porto was important for everyone. It’s difficult when we lose a game, for the players and Jose.”

”We now need to focus on the Premier League and play like we did against Porto.”

The Brazilian made some comment about his controversial teammate Diego Costa:

”Diego played very well and he knows he’s very important for the team”

”Hopefully in the next game he will play even better. He tried everything to score a goal.”

”It’s difficult for a striker when you’re not scoring but the confidence is coming back, he’s happy.”

 

 

 

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