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LEICESTER VS CHELSEA

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

LEICESTER (4-4-2)

SCHMEICHEL,

SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,

MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,

ULLOA, VARDY

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COSTA,

PEDRO, OSCAR, WILLIAN,

MATIC, FABREGAS,

BABA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,

COURTOIS

Chelsea, after such a poor league season, confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Portuguese club Porto on Wednesday. It should give them a boost ahead of a difficult game on Monday.

Remarkably, Leicester City face reigning champions Chelsea at the top of the table. The Foxes have 32 points - 17 more than the Blues, who are languishing in 14th place and just two points clear of the relegation zone.

And at this stage of last season Chelsea were top - and Leicester were bottom. After 15 games of the 2014-15 campaign the Blues had 36 points, 21 more than they have now. By contrast, Leicester had 10 points, 22 fewer than they have now.

Leicester are finding the net with ease; they have now scored three goals in each of their last three away games.

Their latest success came at Swansea City last weekend when, for once, Jamie Vardy failed to score. He remains the Premier League's leading scorer, with 14. But teammate Riyad Mahrez took over the limelight with a hat-trick in Wales.

That was the ninth hat-trick of the season, just one short of last season's total over the season.