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14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

14 players who featured for both Arsenal and Manchester United – and where they performed best

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed their swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday, treading a well-worn path of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Here, we look back at 14 players who switched sides and how they got on. Paddy Sloan Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal) Irish footballer who left Manchester United for Tranmere before the Second World War without making an appearance. After, he decided to join Arsenal where he established himself as a first-team regular in the 1946-47 season before losing his place and moving to Italy. Among footballers who played for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Verdict: [Performed better for] Arsenal David Herd  Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals) Herd enjoyed fruitful spells at both clubs, acquiring strike-rates that bettered a goal every two games. After helping Arsenal to third place in the league 1959, Sir Matt Busby swooped for the former Stockport player in 1961. Herd went on to score two goals in a victorious FA Cup final for United against Leicester City in 1963 before becoming Division One champions in 1965.  Verdict: Manchester United Ian Ure Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)  Arsenal manager Billy Wright moved hastily to bring the Scottish defender to London following an impressive spell at Dundee. However, Ure struggled with his move south of the border culminating in a shocking display in the 1969 League Cup final against Swindon. He departed for United that summer where he stayed for just two seasons before moving to Motherwell.  Verdict: Neither George Graham  Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)  As a midfielder or forward Graham’s playing career at the London club was impressive. He was a pivotal creative figure as Arsenal achieved the First Division and FA Cup double in 1971. He crossed to United in 1972 following the arrival of Alan Ball at Highbury but stayed for just under two years. The Scot would go on to win two First Division titles with Arsenal (1989 and 1991), the Uefa Cup (1994), the FA Cup (1993), two League Cups (1987 and 1993) in a nine-year spell. Verdict: Arsenal Graham won two First Division titles with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Jimmy Rimmer  Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals); Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)  After spending nine years as understudy to Alex Stepney, Rimmer’s impressive loan spell at Swansea was enough to convince Bertie Mee that he could succeed as No1 at Highbury. By the following season Rimmer had become Arsenal's first-choice 'keeper. In 1975, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award and an England cap followed a year later.  Verdict: Arsenal Brian Kidd  Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals); Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)  The forward’s time at United was one of immense highs and lows. From scoring in United’s European Cup final triumph over Benfica in 1968, he suffered relegation with the same club six years later. He was top goal-scorer for Arsenal in his first season at the club, but failed to leave a lasting impact on the club.  Verdict: Manchester United Kidd, here playing in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley Credit: Getty/ALLSPORT Frank Stapleton Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals); Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)   The original RVP, Stapleton’s time at Arsenal was one of disappointment due to a lack of team success. He participated in three successive FA Cup finals, two of which ended in defeat. A familiar tale of Arsenal finishing fourth and failing to sign star players frustrated Stapleton. In 1981 he moved to the more ambitious United where he claimed two FA Cup winners’ medals in 1983 and 1985.  Verdict: Manchester United Viv Anderson Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals); Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)  Widely known for being the first black footballer to represent England in a full international, defender Anderson was part of the Arsenal side that claimed the League Cup in 1987 and famously scored against Tottenham in the semi-final. Shortly afterwards, however, Anderson moved up north, achieving the rather impressive title of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United.  Verdict: Arsenal Leighton moved to Arsenal but did not feature for the club Credit: Getty Images Jim Leighton  Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps); Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)  After following Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester from Aberdeen, Scottish goalkeeper Leighton struggled to hold down a position in the first team. His loan spell at Arsenal proved even more difficult to secure game-time, he never made a senior appearance for the north Londoners.  Verdict: Manchester United David Platt Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps); Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals) Platt signed his first professional contract at Manchester United but moved on to Crewe Alexandra after failing to break in to the first team at Old Trafford. The dynamic midfielder fared much better at Arsenal, later in his career after successful stints in Italy with Juventus and Sampdoria. In his first season with Arsenal, Platt helped the Gunners secure Uefa Cup football with a fifth-placed finish. A Premier League triumph followed in 1998 in Platt’s final season at the club. Verdict: Arsenal Cole won the treble with Manchester United Credit: Andrew Budd/Action Images Andy Cole  Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals); Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)  The striker began a peripatetic journey across a variety of top-division clubs at Arsenal, having graduated from the academy, but never managed to start a game for the Gunners, appearing twice as off the subs' bench. It was quite a different story at United however. After a £7million move from Newcastle in 1995, Cole won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, including one as part of the stunning Treble winning season of 1998/1999.  Verdict: Manchester United Mikael Silvestre  Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals); Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)  French international defender Silvestre enjoyed vast success during his time at Old Trafford. The Frenchman earned four Premier League titles, one Champions League winners’ medal and FA Cup and League Cup triumphs before Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to requirements. A move to Arsenal followed in 2008 by which time his peak had passed. Verdict: Manchester United Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck were more successful at Manchester United Credit: Getty Images Robin van Persie  Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals) A player that has best epitomised the difference between the two clubs in recent times, the Dutch striker was captain when he departed the Emirates Stadium in 2012 to hunt trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. It worked, securing the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford while also being the top scorer in the division.  Verdict: Manchester United Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitarayan swap deal | All you need to know around the big football transfer Danny Welbeck Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals); Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals) Left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014 after a promising, though short of fulfilling, spell in the first-team, featuring 27 times in Manchester United's 2012-13 title-winning season. His time at the Emirates has been hampered by injury, while he has only featured four times for England in the last three seasons. Verdict: Manchester United

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as Blues fail to overcome 10-man Leicester

There was a time when every decision Antonio Conte made seemed destined to yield results, from his radical new formations to his substitutions, which is why when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the hour without even a sympathetic glance, one assumed that a goal was coming. Conte is not a man who is prepared to die wondering what might have been and yet as his Chelsea side failed to overcome a Leicester City team down a man for the last 22 minutes plus stoppage time after Ben Chilwell’s red card, their manager was out of options. This was the club’s third consecutive goalless draw, after those in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and while their defence of the Premier League title has long since turned to dust, this one felt the most damaging of all. Marcos Alonso squanders a late chance to win it for Chelsea Credit: Matt Dunham/AP Much of the blame will rest on Alvaro Morata, now five goals without a game, and given his fragile confidence this was the wrong time to run into the outstanding Harry Maguire, winning challenges and carrying the ball clear like a farmer delighting in his new 4x4. Even when Chilwell was sent off for two yellow cards within the space of six minutes, the second of which was for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses, there was no breaking Leicester.        The most damning verdict was Conte’s response to Hazard and Fabregas, the creative soul of his team, early in the second half when the Italian did not even bother to wait for an hour before he hauled both of them off. Hazard did his best to suppress his displeasure at the indignity of it but Conte had clearly seen enough for him to feel that Pedro was a better option than one of the Premier League’s finest players. Hazard was overshadowed by Riyad Mahrez, especially in the first half, when his flickering feet and bursts of acceleration was a constant source of concern for Chelsea’s left-sided defender Antonio Rudiger, who nevertheless stuck grimly to his task. There was frustration at Conte’s line-up with a five-man midfield that included another full game for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a more obvious substitution, it appeared, when Conte tried to ramp up the pressure with Pedro and Willian. There were boos for Chelsea at the final whistle, and afterwards Conte defended his players citing the exertions of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal, although it should be noted that Hazard felt fresh enough to attend the NBA game at the O2 Arena. Their manager rejected the notion that he should jettison the unpopular 3-5-2 in favour of last season’s title-winning 3-4-3 system and said that he just did not have the players. And there was the mandatory response to the latest Jose Mourinho intervention, Conte responding to the Manchester United manager’s view that he held his counterpart in “contempt”. This answer might not have been the incendiary response of one week earlier but this feud will simmer, even if Conte accepted he would be willing to call a truce if his counterpart did likewise. “I think I said I'd stop,” Conte said. “It's the same for me [that he would halt the back-and-forth if Mourinho did likewise]. I don't know if he said this for me. I'm not worried. I sleep very well.” He might sleep less well knowing that never before have Chelsea strung together three goalless draws in their history and with no imminent move in the transfer market, for Alexis Sanchez or any other attacking player, it will be down to the Italian to change things himself. Riyad Mahrez is a creative force for Leicester Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata,” Conte said. “Compared to last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing. This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect. But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team.” Conte said that he saw “a lot of players very tired” and when asked again about whether the club might consider a bid for Sanchez, he was non-committal. “I'm the coach. I'm trying to do the best with my players, to try and improve my players, to try to work and give every day 110 per cent. Sometimes this is enough. It [transfers] is not my business.” Leicester had dominated the attacking parts of the first half, and Mahrez was a constant thorn in their side. Shinji Okazaki in particular should have scored from a cross and they ended the half with 12 attempts on Chelsea’s goal which was more, their former player Gary Lineker pointed out, than any away side in a first half at Stamford Bridge in 15 years. Chelsea lost Gary Cahill to injury but mostly they were just struggling to build any attack of significance. Mahrez seemed to drag his foot into Cahill’s replacement Andreas Christensen on 55 minutes and was denied a penalty by referee Mike Jones. Chilwell’s first yellow card was for a foul on Willian, Fabregas’ replacement, and he was sent off on 68 minutes for the challenge that left Moses limping. Claude Puel declared both of the cards “harsh”. “When we watch our game [back], we lost two points,” Puel said. “Of course there's a little disappointment at the end, but a good feeling to show our quality. They are champions playing at home, so it's a good feeling to see my players with this quality, and all the chances we created this afternoon.” Chelsea had one final chance when substitute Vicente Iborra gave away a dangerous free-kick in the third minute of injury-time but Marcos Alonso dragged his shot wide, and it would have been hard to say they deserved the three points. 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

Chelsea vs Leicester City, Premier League: live score updates

Ladbrokes: Tottenham, Newcastle, Chelsea and Wolves all to win at 60/1 Betfair: Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all to win at 100/1 4:52PM FULL TIME Brilliant entertainment, a well deserved point each. Leicester will regret missing those earlier chances but Chelsea have finished at 0-0 for the third game in a row. They seem tired. 4:51PM 90 mins +4 Alonso takes it... and Schmeichel can save to his left. Not the best free-kick he'll ever take. Moses takes a shot which is heading towards the corner flag, Kante goes flying in to try and turn it goalwards but is about five yards behind it. This will be a draw now. 4:49PM 90 mins +2 This game might be 0-0 but it's been excellent viewing. Leicester have been excellent, Chelsea seem a little lethargic but have played some really nice football too. Leicester are doubling up in wide areas to prevent the cross, it's switched and then Willian looks for a hole, can't find one... and is fouled in prime free-kick land. This is a huge chance. 4:47PM 90 mins Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Moses is caught offside. Leicester are defending superbly here. Matty James comes off for Vicente Iborra. 4:45PM 88 mins Maguire is composed on the ball, opting to keep possession and look for the pass rather than simply hoof it away while Morata snaps at his heels. He wins a free-kick. Chelsea still no closer to scoring. They need to force something here. 4:43PM 86 mins This one's either heading for a draw or an absolutely gutting (for Leicester) late, late, late winner. Chelsea still trying to create chances in the sea of Leicester defenders. 4:41PM 84 mins Mahrez is now the central striker, which makes sense since he doesn't like defending. He's also very good at holding the ball up and moving away from defenders and is a great outball to have.  Leicester's midfield and defence have dug in around the penalty area now, which about five yards separating defenders from midfielders. It's a congested area. Alonso wins a corner. 4:38PM 82 mins Bakayoko has had a poor game. He heads a corner to nobody and spoils the move - he had space and time too inside the box. Vardy is fouled at half way and gives Leicester time to regroup. Demarai Gray is getting ready to come on and replaces Vardy, who must be knackered by now. 4:35PM 79 mins Chelsea working the ball around outside the Leicester box, moving it from side to side... until it sits up for Bakayoko on the edge of the area. Here he comes to smash it... over the bar. Out: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Tiemoué Bakayoko, 78 min)   4:33PM 76 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES  This is Christensen's friendly reaction to Mahrez's blatant dive. Credit: AFP That one looks like he's about to pick up Mahrez and give him a cuddle. Credit: GETTY IMAGES  That one doesn't. 4:31PM 75 mins Kante fouls Vardy but won't be given a second yellow, which is entirely fair. Okazaki is replaced by Fuchs, which should mean a 4-4-1 formation for the remainder of this from Leicester.  They have a free-kick wide left in a dangerous area now though. Mahrez lining up the cross from deep... it's good... but too deep and Maguire can only stretch and put it behind. 4:29PM 72 mins Chelsea in total control now. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester Leicester have everyone except Vardy behind the ball.  4:26PM 69 mins Chilwell dives into slide and get the ball and Moses comes from behind him - it doesn't look like the defender knows he's there - but he catches him full on on the shin. Moses felt that one. That'll make the final 20 minutes interesting. Or actually, more likely  it'll make this  attack vs defence until full time. 4:25PM 68 mins Credit: PA Morata keeps looking for free-kicks instead of just holding up the ball and using his strength. It's getting annoying to watch. Mahrez has been so good (if we ignore his dive) and some of the little flicks and quick dribbles he's going on are opening things up for Leicester. Chilwell is late to a tackle here... RED CARD! He's off! It's a second yellow card for Chilwell!   4:22PM 65 mins Willian is causing problems. Chilwell can't keep up with him and gives away a free-kick on the right of Leicester's box... and Chelsea win a corner. James hooks it away, Pedro chips to Moses, who goes backwards, and Leicester are now having to sit deeper than they were before the substitutions. Will Puel make a change now?  4:18PM 62 mins Okazaki wins himself a yellow card for stopping Willian counter-attacking. That attacking change by Chelsea could affect this entire match, Chelsea are instantly taking the game to Leicester.  4:16PM 59 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's a photo from earlier.   4:15PM 58 mins Kante is booked for another foul. Vardy does superbly to hold off attention on the right wing, keeps the ball alive and then Mahrez cuts in from the right, has space and lines up the shot. It's not great but takes a deflection... and Courtois is beaten! But the ball goes just wide. Conte takes Hazard and Fabregas off for Pedro and Willian, changing to a 3-4-3. 4:13PM 57 mins Chelsea can't keep the ball here! Leicester pressing high in numbers and forcing clearances which they then soak up. Mahrez goes on a dribble into the box, he's gone round Christensen... and he's down! Is that a penalty?! It looked weak... and replays show it is an atrocious dive. Boooooooooo. 4:10PM 54 mins Albrighton hits a free-kick into the area and it looks like he's actually tried to catch everyone by surprise, shaping to swing the ball to the back post but actually curling it to the near. Goal kick. Leicester's high press is working. 4:09PM 51 mins A Leicester free-kick from wide right is cleared but Chelsea can't do anything with the counter-attack.  Vardy has half the pitch to run into as Leicester work a throw-in near their own box quickly and neatly. Mahrez wins a throw near Chelsea's box and Leicester keep the ball well. Azpilicueta then boots the thing away. 4:05PM 48 mins Morata goes down easily under pressure from Maguire. He's done that about five times during the game and could do with staying on his feet. Credit: REUTERS   4:02PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back. No changes from either side at half time. 3:56PM Some stats for you Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Average touch positions (half time)   3:47PM HALF TIME That was ace although I'm not quite sure how neither side has scored yet. More of the same please! Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester   3:47PM 45 mins I don't want this half to end. Chelsea on the attack, Maguire blocks Fabregas with pure strength to prevent him being able to have a go at goal, Mahrez attacks up the other end and can't work his way past every single defender, even if he tries. 3:43PM 43 mins Great save! Hazard leads the attack, Fabregas shoots from 20 yards across the goal and forces Schmeichel into an excellent save. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Cesc Fàbregas, 42 min) The corner isn't as well done and the goalkeeper catches in his six yard box.   3:42PM 41 mins Hazard and Fabregas keep trying their lovely link play but the Stamford Bridge crowd groan when an attempted pass or trick doesn't come off. As someone who grew up watching Aberdeen play in the 90s, might I suggest they rethink the quality they're actually paying to see. The only Hazard you ever got at Pittodrie was a warning about one of Robbie Winters' errant attempts on goal. 3:39PM 38 mins Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area. Again nobody is there to tap it in for a certain goal. How many more times are Chelsea going to get away with it? How many more times can Leicester waste these chances!? And a mistake by Rudiger! Vardy wins the ball, Okazaki snaps a shot, blocked, and Albrighton hits one from distance which is turned away. Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Marc Albrighton, 38 min)   3:36PM 36 mins Azpilicueta is the captain now.    3:34PM 34 mins Cahill's hamstring has gone. The defender goes down clutching the back of his thigh after trying to catch up with Vardy. Christensen is warming up on the sidelines and will probably replace the Chelsea captain. And he does. The captain's armband hasn't been handed over to anyone yet though. Morata shows an incredible turn of pace to go around his man and burst into the box, winning a corner. Fabregas completely shanks it and it's cleared at the near post without any hassle. 3:30PM 31 mins Schmeichel does well to pull the ball out of the air under pressure from Bakayoko. Hazard swaps wings and attacks down the right but Maguire uses his body to shield the ball out for a goal kick. Credit: REUTERS   3:29PM 28 mins Chelsea vs Leicester shots on goal Look at that! Already so many shots. Every Premier League team should be banned from defending all game against the top six. 3:28PM 27 mins This is still great fun to watch. Both teams playing nice football, the team shapes are open. Leicester get tight inside their own defensive third but otherwise are stretching the pitch and hitting direct forward passes. Hazard is staying out on the left to operate in the space left by Mahrez but Leicester's defensive midfield two shift over and help out. 3:24PM 24 mins Mahrez has been excellent so far. Rudiger looks scared of him and his movement from right to inside is so unpredictable. Vardy makes forward runs as soon as Mahrez gets on the ball too and a clever reverse pass nearly puts the striker in behind the defence again. Average touch positions (24 min) Odd that Leicester are overloading the left side and attacking down the right.  3:21PM 21 mins Hazard is having to come back to track Mahrez now. He's playing on the left, which is the same side as Conte, which means he's got an angry Italian shouting instructions at him constantly. Vardy is put into an attacking area, has two defenders to beat... and his shot is blocked. The move keeps going, passed out left, curled into the area and Mahrez is there! He shoots but balloons it over the bar. Should have done much better there. 3:19PM 18 mins It's so open! I love it. Chelsea come forward now, Morata looks for the foul on the edge of the area and accidentally sets up Hazard for the shot. He doesn't get enough on it and Schmeichel saves easily. Possession: Chelsea vs Leicester  James is booked for tripping up Kante. A tactical foul. 3:17PM 16 mins Credit: GETTY IMAGES Now Morata is juuuuuust offside as he puts the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Leicester are really looking to take the game to Chelsea here. 3:14PM 14 mins WHAT A SAVE! Leicester are all over this game - it's a brilliant start! Leicester win a corner after surviving an Eden Hazard led counter-attack and Wilfred Ndidi heads at goal from inside the six yard box but Courtois throws himself into the save and needs a strong hand to push it away. Superb. What a game this is!  3:11PM 11 mins And now Vardy goes close! Chilwell spots the run in front of the defender and curls a pass from wide left ahead of Vardy. He gets a shot away at the near post but is wide. Leicester are playing really well here. Vardy is put through again, this time into the right channel, but can't quite keep his low shot towards the far corner on target. 3:09PM 8 mins Great move by Leicester! The ball is sent down the left side, Albrighton chips it in behind for Chilwell to run onto and he controls perfectly, carrying into the area and then spots Okazaki at the near post. It's a low cross... and OKAZAKI MUST SCORE! But he puts it over. Huge chance. Pass: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Ben Chilwell, 8 min)   3:06PM 5 mins Mahrez gets involved and is now unmissable thanks to that bleached hair on top of his head. He drops into midfield to help with keeping the ball, then pops up on the right and holds off Rudiger. Leicester stroking the ball around Chelsea's half confidently but they're sitting deep ready to spring on the counter. 3:04PM 3 mins Chelsea start on the attack and have Leicester pinned in their own box from the off! Hazard and Fabregas link well on the edge of the box and Moses hits a thunderbolt from 20ish yards which hits Alonso instead of troubling the goalkeeper. Exciting start. Attempt Saved: Chelsea 0 - 0 Leicester (Victor Moses, 3 min)   3:01PM KICK-OFF 1 Here we go! 2:57PM Here come the players The players are in the tunnel, Kasper Schmeichel is staring at the floor (not a great sign of confidence) and now they're out on the pitch.  2:40PM Claude Puel wants to go for the win "I think it's important to come here with ambition, we can cause problems... it's important in our last games away we were leading on the games with the possibility of keeping the result, it's important to play even we score away its important but it's of course another game away... they are champion, they play at home we will see (all sic)" 2:20PM Stamford Bridge 2.0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Have you seen the story yet about a family who may halt production of Chelsea's new stadium? Step this way and find out!  2:04PM Starting lineups Hello everyone! It's football time (nearly) and this liveblog right here will provide all the analysis and updates you could possibly need for Chelsea vs Leicester. Huzzah!  Chelsea There's no rest for Alvaro Morata, who has looked a little tired of late, as he starts upfront again alongside Eden Hazard in Antonio Conte's 3-1-4-2 formation. Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #CHELEIpic.twitter.com/4W1hztWCtc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018 Leicester No surprises from Claude Puel either: Today’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Amartey, Dragović, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani. #CheLeipic.twitter.com/OMoQzfKBER— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 13, 2018 Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are both linked with transfers to 'bigger' clubs in this transfer window but can they provide the goals needed to secure some sexy points this afternoon? It's a tough ask but if anyone can do it, it's Leicester, if they play like they did in the 2015/16 season. And if Chelsea play like they did in the 2016/17 season, they're near guaranteed a win. Two recent former champions battling it out - what's not to like?

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Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers happy to take a break after stalemate

Even for a game of opinions, there was a striking difference in assessments of the second Old Firm derby of the season, which finished goalless on Saturday at Parkhead. Several of the press room regulars felt that it had been a lacklustre event, short of fluency because Rangers played a high press against a Celtic side who looked – not for the first time in recent weeks – somewhat jaded. On the other hand, this correspondent was part of the Radio 5 broadcast team, which included Pat Nevin as summariser and Alistair Bruce-Ball as co-commentator, and it was striking that both remarked upon the positivity of the match, compared with much of what they watch week-to-week in the Premier League in England. Even without goals – in a derby that could easily have had five or six – there was far more to compel attention in the east end of Glasgow than had been witnessed at the previous evening’s meeting of Newcastle United and Manchester City. Celtic fans left the ground less satisfied than their Rangers equivalents, although the result was better for their team in that it maintained their comfortable advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership. The Rangers contingent, meanwhile, were relieved at not having been shredded by their arch-foes – as many had feared - and optimistic that if, in his spell in charge until the end of the season, Graeme Murty can eke consistency out of his players, they might chip away at Celtic’s superiority. It remains to be seen how many personnel changes there will be on each side of the city in January. Moussa Dembele has looked for some weeks now as though he has already gone elsewhere in his head and, in that regard, the Celtic striker has a counterpart in Carlos Pena, who has never seemed comfortable since Pedro Caixinha spent £2.5 million to bring him to Rangers in the summer. James Tavernier vies with Moussa Dembele Credit: GETTY IMAGES Both camps, though, were united in welcoming the rest afforded by the Scottish Premiership’s short winter break. Brendan Rodgers has given his players a week off before heading for warm-weather training in the Middle East, while Rangers fly to the USA to take part in the Florida Cup, where they will meet Atletico and Fluminese of Brazil. “We wanted to win and we wanted to go into the break off the back of a good win and performance, but it’s been a long year for us with a lot of football,” said Stuart Armstrong, the Hoops midfielder, who played 54 games for Celtic in Scotland in 2017. “It’s been one of the busiest seasons we have had. There was not much break in the summer and now that we’re sitting here at New Year looking back on all our achievements, we should be happy and proud, but the break is important, especially when you have been playing, playing and playing over back-to-back seasons with jaded legs and jaded minds. “You could lose count of the competitions, the games, the travel - everything involved in the fixture list we have. Sometimes it’s important not to forget the intensity of our schedule. The rest will stand us in good stead going forward into the new year.” Celtic, it should not be forgotten, play six European qualifiers – a total that will rise to eight – just to get to the Champions League group stage, and have done so in both of Rodgers’ seasons in charge. Rangers, meanwhile, are simply trying to establish some sort of credibility as domestic contenders. That prospect looked even less likely when Bruno Alves limped off after 18 minutes and the veteran Portuguese centre-back was replaced by David Bates, on only his sixth appearance. The 21 year-old, however, stepped up to the mark – aided by Dembele’s sub-par performance - and was later named as Rangers’ man of the match. Asked how he responded to Rangers fans who assert that if their team had produced similar displays against Dundee, Hamilton and St Johnstone they would have converted defeats into victories to go top of the league, Bates said: “Dundee or Hamilton sit in and play on the counter-attack, so it's a completely different game, but we have taken points from the likes of Aberdeen and Hibs, so maybe we need to do better against others. “Now we go to Florida and Murts has three weeks to put across how he wants us to play. Confidence will be high for the second half of the season. We can’t wait to get started again.”

Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers happy to take a break after stalemate

Even for a game of opinions, there was a striking difference in assessments of the second Old Firm derby of the season, which finished goalless on Saturday at Parkhead. Several of the press room regulars felt that it had been a lacklustre event, short of fluency because Rangers played a high press against a Celtic side who looked – not for the first time in recent weeks – somewhat jaded. On the other hand, this correspondent was part of the Radio 5 broadcast team, which included Pat Nevin as summariser and Alistair Bruce-Ball as co-commentator, and it was striking that both remarked upon the positivity of the match, compared with much of what they watch week-to-week in the Premier League in England. Even without goals – in a derby that could easily have had five or six – there was far more to compel attention in the east end of Glasgow than had been witnessed at the previous evening’s meeting of Newcastle United and Manchester City. Celtic fans left the ground less satisfied than their Rangers equivalents, although the result was better for their team in that it maintained their comfortable advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership. The Rangers contingent, meanwhile, were relieved at not having been shredded by their arch-foes – as many had feared - and optimistic that if, in his spell in charge until the end of the season, Graeme Murty can eke consistency out of his players, they might chip away at Celtic’s superiority. It remains to be seen how many personnel changes there will be on each side of the city in January. Moussa Dembele has looked for some weeks now as though he has already gone elsewhere in his head and, in that regard, the Celtic striker has a counterpart in Carlos Pena, who has never seemed comfortable since Pedro Caixinha spent £2.5 million to bring him to Rangers in the summer. James Tavernier vies with Moussa Dembele Credit: GETTY IMAGES Both camps, though, were united in welcoming the rest afforded by the Scottish Premiership’s short winter break. Brendan Rodgers has given his players a week off before heading for warm-weather training in the Middle East, while Rangers fly to the USA to take part in the Florida Cup, where they will meet Atletico and Fluminese of Brazil. “We wanted to win and we wanted to go into the break off the back of a good win and performance, but it’s been a long year for us with a lot of football,” said Stuart Armstrong, the Hoops midfielder, who played 54 games for Celtic in Scotland in 2017. “It’s been one of the busiest seasons we have had. There was not much break in the summer and now that we’re sitting here at New Year looking back on all our achievements, we should be happy and proud, but the break is important, especially when you have been playing, playing and playing over back-to-back seasons with jaded legs and jaded minds. “You could lose count of the competitions, the games, the travel - everything involved in the fixture list we have. Sometimes it’s important not to forget the intensity of our schedule. The rest will stand us in good stead going forward into the new year.” Celtic, it should not be forgotten, play six European qualifiers – a total that will rise to eight – just to get to the Champions League group stage, and have done so in both of Rodgers’ seasons in charge. Rangers, meanwhile, are simply trying to establish some sort of credibility as domestic contenders. That prospect looked even less likely when Bruno Alves limped off after 18 minutes and the veteran Portuguese centre-back was replaced by David Bates, on only his sixth appearance. The 21 year-old, however, stepped up to the mark – aided by Dembele’s sub-par performance - and was later named as Rangers’ man of the match. Asked how he responded to Rangers fans who assert that if their team had produced similar displays against Dundee, Hamilton and St Johnstone they would have converted defeats into victories to go top of the league, Bates said: “Dundee or Hamilton sit in and play on the counter-attack, so it's a completely different game, but we have taken points from the likes of Aberdeen and Hibs, so maybe we need to do better against others. “Now we go to Florida and Murts has three weeks to put across how he wants us to play. Confidence will be high for the second half of the season. We can’t wait to get started again.”

Celtic 0 Rangers 0: Honours even in hard-fought Old Firm derby

The Rangers fans in their corner of Celtic Park displayed a banner with the old message of defiance – ‘No one likes us. We don’t care’. The spectacle of the Ibrox team bus arriving at the stadium prompted the notion that slogan should have read, ‘No one cares. We don’t like it.’ The usual throng of Celtic fans had assembled around the main entrance, ready to jeer their arch-foes as they got off the coach and, of course, the customary barracking took place, but with the difference that many of the cat-callers could be heard to ask who exactly they were demeaning. Only when Kenny Miller appeared at the door did the abuse get properly personal, the Rangers striker having once earned his corn with the Hoops. For partisans of one half of the Glasgow divide not to recognise the principal figures on the other side is exceptional but it also testified to the relative anonymity of the current Rangers squad. By the end of this second Old Firm derby of the season, however, the home crowd had been given cause to note performances from players who have too frequently seemed like journeymen in yet another troubled and dispiriting year for Rangers. It would surely have continued in that manner if Brendan Rodgers’s players had taken the chances fashioned from their domination of a first half in which Rangers tried a high press that was intermittently effective but also exposed them to the champions’ counterattacks. Had it been 3-0 at the interval, Graeme Murty and his players could not have denounced an injustice. It took fine saves by Wes Foderingham to stop Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and James Forrest from scoring but the Rangers goalkeeper could not have intervened when Sinclair had a golden opportunity from a Stuart Armstrong cutback, yet contrived to screw his finish past the post. Rangers could make a case that the disruption caused by an injury to Bruno Alves, which saw him replaced by David Bates at the heart of defence, had been a factor in their uncertainty. At any event, the visitors’ dressing room was the scene of sharp exchanges at the interval. “It was great at half-time because there were some frank exchanges of views among the players and that energy took them out to the second half,” Murty said. Rangers manager Graeme Murty was delighted with how his side performed after half-time Credit: PA  “You are in the changing room and your hormones are charging around and your energy is high. It gets a bit fraught and frantic. Let the guys get it out and then give them a really good solution - that's what we did.” The transformation in Rangers was remarkable, as they began to boss the midfield and fashion threats around the Celtic box, to the audible alarm of the Hoops support, who saw Daniel Candeias provide Kieran Tierney with more difficulty than any other domestic opponent has accomplished this season against the left-back, who was cautioned for one challenge on the Portuguese midfielder. It was Candeias, too, who set up two outstanding chances for Alfredo Morelos, the first a shot that Gordon tipped over two minutes after the break, the second a header which was goalbound until it clipped the keeper’s knee to skim past the post. With 10 minutes left to play, Morelos missed the best opportunity to upset the heavy odds against a Rangers victory, when he met James Tavernier’s delectable cross with an unconvincing header which drifted wide. It was the first time Celtic had failed to score against domestic opponents since a goalless draw with Dundee in March and the second time in consecutive visits that Murty had steered Rangers to a share of the points in the east end of Glasgow. Ultimately, though, the status quo was undisturbed because of Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw at home to Hearts later in the afternoon, which means that Celtic maintain their eight-point lead over the Pittodrie side and an 11-point margin over Rangers. “In the first half we created the better chances but didn’t score,” said Rodgers. “If we get that first goal, of course it can really change the mentality in the game. In the second half, we had to defend a bit more. They had a couple of chances and one big chance when Craig Gordon made a great save, so probably a point apiece is what both teams deserved.” Murty, meanwhile, was left to muse upon the vision of a victory which got away. “They had moments in the first half when we were fortunate. I’m really proud of the way the boys stood up to the challenge at a great stadium,” he said. “I feel we’re at the start of a very big job but that’s a big step. We’re at the start of a long journey but this first step can bring us together.”

Celtic 0 Rangers 0: Honours even in hard-fought Old Firm derby

The Rangers fans in their corner of Celtic Park displayed a banner with the old message of defiance – ‘No one likes us. We don’t care’. The spectacle of the Ibrox team bus arriving at the stadium prompted the notion that slogan should have read, ‘No one cares. We don’t like it.’ The usual throng of Celtic fans had assembled around the main entrance, ready to jeer their arch-foes as they got off the coach and, of course, the customary barracking took place, but with the difference that many of the cat-callers could be heard to ask who exactly they were demeaning. Only when Kenny Miller appeared at the door did the abuse get properly personal, the Rangers striker having once earned his corn with the Hoops. For partisans of one half of the Glasgow divide not to recognise the principal figures on the other side is exceptional but it also testified to the relative anonymity of the current Rangers squad. By the end of this second Old Firm derby of the season, however, the home crowd had been given cause to note performances from players who have too frequently seemed like journeymen in yet another troubled and dispiriting year for Rangers. It would surely have continued in that manner if Brendan Rodgers’s players had taken the chances fashioned from their domination of a first half in which Rangers tried a high press that was intermittently effective but also exposed them to the champions’ counterattacks. Had it been 3-0 at the interval, Graeme Murty and his players could not have denounced an injustice. It took fine saves by Wes Foderingham to stop Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and James Forrest from scoring but the Rangers goalkeeper could not have intervened when Sinclair had a golden opportunity from a Stuart Armstrong cutback, yet contrived to screw his finish past the post. Rangers could make a case that the disruption caused by an injury to Bruno Alves, which saw him replaced by David Bates at the heart of defence, had been a factor in their uncertainty. At any event, the visitors’ dressing room was the scene of sharp exchanges at the interval. “It was great at half-time because there were some frank exchanges of views among the players and that energy took them out to the second half,” Murty said. Rangers manager Graeme Murty was delighted with how his side performed after half-time Credit: PA  “You are in the changing room and your hormones are charging around and your energy is high. It gets a bit fraught and frantic. Let the guys get it out and then give them a really good solution - that's what we did.” The transformation in Rangers was remarkable, as they began to boss the midfield and fashion threats around the Celtic box, to the audible alarm of the Hoops support, who saw Daniel Candeias provide Kieran Tierney with more difficulty than any other domestic opponent has accomplished this season against the left-back, who was cautioned for one challenge on the Portuguese midfielder. It was Candeias, too, who set up two outstanding chances for Alfredo Morelos, the first a shot that Gordon tipped over two minutes after the break, the second a header which was goalbound until it clipped the keeper’s knee to skim past the post. With 10 minutes left to play, Morelos missed the best opportunity to upset the heavy odds against a Rangers victory, when he met James Tavernier’s delectable cross with an unconvincing header which drifted wide. It was the first time Celtic had failed to score against domestic opponents since a goalless draw with Dundee in March and the second time in consecutive visits that Murty had steered Rangers to a share of the points in the east end of Glasgow. Ultimately, though, the status quo was undisturbed because of Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw at home to Hearts later in the afternoon, which means that Celtic maintain their eight-point lead over the Pittodrie side and an 11-point margin over Rangers. “In the first half we created the better chances but didn’t score,” said Rodgers. “If we get that first goal, of course it can really change the mentality in the game. In the second half, we had to defend a bit more. They had a couple of chances and one big chance when Craig Gordon made a great save, so probably a point apiece is what both teams deserved.” Murty, meanwhile, was left to muse upon the vision of a victory which got away. “They had moments in the first half when we were fortunate. I’m really proud of the way the boys stood up to the challenge at a great stadium,” he said. “I feel we’re at the start of a very big job but that’s a big step. We’re at the start of a long journey but this first step can bring us together.”

Celtic 0 Rangers 0: Spoils shared in frantic Old Firm derby

Celtic and Rangers had chances to emerge from the Old Firm derby triumphant, but a draw offers Aberdeen a chance to close in on the summit.

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Brendan Rodgers' side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals

Hearts 0 Hibernian 0: Furious Hibs robbed by officials' error

On a night of bitter chill at Tynecastle, the hottest topic to emerge from a deadlocked Edinburgh derby was the failure of the match officials to realise that Oli Shaw had scored a legitimate goal early in the proceedings. That knowledge was swiftly available to the watching TV audience as well as most of the 19,316 spectators, thanks to screen grabs of the TV coverage posted on social media. The paradox, which must be resolved sooner rather than later, is that those who required the facts most urgently were the match officials. The cost of goal-line technology remains daunting for Scottish football, which earns only a fraction of the reward available to the Premier League south of the border, but there are other prices to be paid for the absence of its use. Hearts, of course, spectacularly ended Celtic’s extraordinary 69-game run in successive domestic fixtures, but the sequence they were particularly keen to halt was their failure to win any of eight meetings with their city rivals since August 17, 2014, when they achieved a 2-1 victory at Tynecastle. In their favour going into this instalment was the fact that, since the stadium’s recently reconstructed main stand had opened, Craig Levein’s players were unbeaten in six outings at home, winning three and drawing three. Hibs, meanwhile, were tasked with restoring consistency after a fighting draw with Celtic, followed by a narrow home defeat by Rangers, a comprehensive beating by Aberdeen at Pittodrie and a hard-fought weekend win over Ross County in Dingwall. Neil Lennon made one change from the trip to the Highlands, with Marvin Bartley restored to midfield and Brandon Barker dropping to the bench. Hibs were seething in the sixth minute, when Shaw connected with Martin Boyle’s cross to clip the ball off the underside of the crossbar and a foot across the line, from whence the bounce spun it back into the arms of Jon McLaughlin. Shaw celebrated his strike with the brio one to be expected from a player who had been a boyhood supporter of the club now employing him, but he was as swiftly deflated when the realisation dawned on crowd and players alike that the action had not stopped. In fact, Sean Carr, the linesman on the far side of the field, had not confirmed the goal, to the fury of Lennon, who berated Don Robertson, the fourth official. Another target for the Hibs manager was Shaw’s striking partner, Anthony Stokes, for drifting needlessly offside when minimal attention to the flow of play would have put Hibs into dangerous positions. The first half ended with Stokes staying on the right side of the law to produce a shot which McLaughlin took comfortably. Hibs, if frustrated by unkind fortune, could at least console themselves with the assurance that they had been the better team, with more of the ball and the greater share of chances. Although Hibs’ domination extended beyond the interval, by the midway point of the second half Hearts were camped around the edge of the visitors’ box, a concern which Lennon was able to address when Shaw was replaced by Simon Murray, scorer of the only goal three minutes into the most recent meeting of these sides, at Easter Road in October. Barker, who had replaced the injured Boyle, was himself hurt and substituted for Deivydas Matulevicius, which gave Hibs a significant attacking presence in the closing stages of the contest, but not sufficiently to remedy the deficiency that had deprived them of a goal and, quite likely, also a valuable derby win.

Dundee 0 Celtic 2: James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths goals move Celtic 11 points clear

Celtic posted a double-figure points lead over Aberdeen – whose game in hand is at home to Partick Thistle tomorrow – with this comfortable victory over Dundee at Dens Park and goals from James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths on an afternoon that would have been significantly more damaging for the home team had the champions taken their chances during an early period of overwhelming domination. Since losing their long unbeaten record under Brendan Rodgers to Hearts at Tynecastle, Celtic have posted three successive wins, as the manager rotates his squad. For this fixture, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong dropped to the bench and Scott Sinclair was granted an afternoon’s rest against a Dundee side unchanged from their 1-1 weekend draw with Motherwell. Dembele was the subject of reports which claimed him to be a January target for Brighton but Rodgers remarked of the speculation about the French striker that there was “nothing at all” in it, although, when asked if the player would still be a Celtic employee by the end of next month, added: “I can’t say that.” What could be stated without contradiction by the midway stage of the contest was that the first half must have seemed close to interminable for Dundee. By the quarter-hour mark Celtic had a near monopoly of possession – no less than 85 per cent, in fact – and their relentless pressing game had seen them take the lead when a typically dangerous thrust and cutback from Kieran Tierney set Forrest up for a simple strike to take his striking total for the club to 50 goals. Even before the opener, Callum McGregor had rifled a shot off the post and Celtic’s unremitting pressure saw them produce 13 attempts on and off the target by the break, compared to Dundee’s grand total of zero. The surprise by that stage of the proceedings was that Celtic were only 2-0 to the good and that their second goal arrived as late as the 42nd minute when Olivier Ntcham provided a pass for Griffiths, so well judged that the striker did not have to break stride before placing his finish low behind Elliot Parish. James Forrest, who stood out for Celtic in this win, scores his goal Credit: Getty Images Celtic’s momentum had perhaps been disrupted by the seven-minute stoppage required when Hayes and Meekings went into a full-blooded challenge which left both players writhing on the turf. Meekings was able to limp from the field, to be replaced by Darren O’Dea, but Hayes – who scored his first Celtic goal in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over Aberdeen – had to be stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle, with Michael Johnston taking his place. The 18-year-old winger thought he had added to Celtic’s advantage in first-half injury time but his close-range attempt was blocked by Parish and the goalkeeper was promptly required to deal with a powerful effort from Forrest by tipping it over the top. Forrest was Celtic’s outstanding performer and displayed a channelled energy which seemed beyond his capability in his younger days. Celtic’s superiority extended to maintaining their position while dropping down through the gears in the second half, with Saturday’s meeting with Rangers in mind. The drop in tempo and intensity allowed Dundee – for whom Jack Lambert and Matty Henvey made debuts as substitutes – to salvage a degree of self-respect with a spell of late pressure but their overall menace amounted only to one fierce drive from Paul McGowan, which swooped just over the crossbar, plus a drive from distance by Cammy Kerr that was taken comfortably by Craig Gordon, who was probably glad of the exercise. Match details Dundee (4-4-2): Parish; Kerr, Hendry, Meekings (O’Dea 26), Aurtenetxe; O’Hara, McGowan, Kamara, El-Bakhtaoui (Lambert 62); Moussa, Leitch-Smith (Henvey 79). Subs: Ferrie (g), Holt, Waddell, Curran. Booked: Moussa. Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney; Ntcham (Armstrong 66), Brown; Hayes (Johnston 26), McGregor, Forrest; Griffiths (Dembele 77). Subs: De Vries (g), Bitton, Simunovic, Edouard. Booked: Boyata, Brown. Referee: Kevin Clancy.

Dundee 0 Celtic 2: James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths goals move Celtic 11 points clear

Celtic posted a double-figure points lead over Aberdeen – whose game in hand is at home to Partick Thistle tomorrow – with this comfortable victory over Dundee at Dens Park and goals from James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths on an afternoon that would have been significantly more damaging for the home team had the champions taken their chances during an early period of overwhelming domination. Since losing their long unbeaten record under Brendan Rodgers to Hearts at Tynecastle, Celtic have posted three successive wins, as the manager rotates his squad. For this fixture, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong dropped to the bench and Scott Sinclair was granted an afternoon’s rest against a Dundee side unchanged from their 1-1 weekend draw with Motherwell. Dembele was the subject of reports which claimed him to be a January target for Brighton but Rodgers remarked of the speculation about the French striker that there was “nothing at all” in it, although, when asked if the player would still be a Celtic employee by the end of next month, added: “I can’t say that.” What could be stated without contradiction by the midway stage of the contest was that the first half must have seemed close to interminable for Dundee. By the quarter-hour mark Celtic had a near monopoly of possession – no less than 85 per cent, in fact – and their relentless pressing game had seen them take the lead when a typically dangerous thrust and cutback from Kieran Tierney set Forrest up for a simple strike to take his striking total for the club to 50 goals. Even before the opener, Callum McGregor had rifled a shot off the post and Celtic’s unremitting pressure saw them produce 13 attempts on and off the target by the break, compared to Dundee’s grand total of zero. The surprise by that stage of the proceedings was that Celtic were only 2-0 to the good and that their second goal arrived as late as the 42nd minute when Olivier Ntcham provided a pass for Griffiths, so well judged that the striker did not have to break stride before placing his finish low behind Elliot Parish. James Forrest, who stood out for Celtic in this win, scores his goal Credit: Getty Images Celtic’s momentum had perhaps been disrupted by the seven-minute stoppage required when Hayes and Meekings went into a full-blooded challenge which left both players writhing on the turf. Meekings was able to limp from the field, to be replaced by Darren O’Dea, but Hayes – who scored his first Celtic goal in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory over Aberdeen – had to be stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle, with Michael Johnston taking his place. The 18-year-old winger thought he had added to Celtic’s advantage in first-half injury time but his close-range attempt was blocked by Parish and the goalkeeper was promptly required to deal with a powerful effort from Forrest by tipping it over the top. Forrest was Celtic’s outstanding performer and displayed a channelled energy which seemed beyond his capability in his younger days. Celtic’s superiority extended to maintaining their position while dropping down through the gears in the second half, with Saturday’s meeting with Rangers in mind. The drop in tempo and intensity allowed Dundee – for whom Jack Lambert and Matty Henvey made debuts as substitutes – to salvage a degree of self-respect with a spell of late pressure but their overall menace amounted only to one fierce drive from Paul McGowan, which swooped just over the crossbar, plus a drive from distance by Cammy Kerr that was taken comfortably by Craig Gordon, who was probably glad of the exercise. Match details Dundee (4-4-2): Parish; Kerr, Hendry, Meekings (O’Dea 26), Aurtenetxe; O’Hara, McGowan, Kamara, El-Bakhtaoui (Lambert 62); Moussa, Leitch-Smith (Henvey 79). Subs: Ferrie (g), Holt, Waddell, Curran. Booked: Moussa. Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney; Ntcham (Armstrong 66), Brown; Hayes (Johnston 26), McGregor, Forrest; Griffiths (Dembele 77). Subs: De Vries (g), Bitton, Simunovic, Edouard. Booked: Boyata, Brown. Referee: Kevin Clancy.

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