After a busy Premier League weekend, it's time for midweek diversion with the League Cup, which is running without a sponsor this season as the EFL Cup.
This is the third round, which is normally where Chelsea would enter alongside all the Premier League teams with European commitments, but we’ve already dispatched Bristol Rovers in the previous round. For Leicester, this will be their first taste of the re-branded competition.
The last time Chelsea were in Leicester, José Mourinho suffered his great “betrayal” and was shown the door a few hours later. We can rest assured that regardless of the outcome, Antonio Conte will still be in charge come the weekend … even if he did just suffer his first loss as Chelsea boss on Friday against Liverpool.
Time to learn from those mistakes and get back on the path to victory once again.
Date / Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 19:45 BST; 2:45pm EDT; 12:15am IST.
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England.
Referee: Robert Madley — Mr. Madley refereed his first two Chelsea matches ever last season, which included a troubling 3-1 loss to Southampton as well as the 2-2 draw versus West Ham, both at Stamford Bridge. As usual, his refereeing wasn't free from criticism, especially in the West Ham game as he awarded a controversial late penalty in favor of Chelsea.
Forecast: Very cloudy, with fair temperatures
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); beIN Sports (USA); TEN 1 HD, TEN 2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky GO (UK); beIN Sports Connect, fuboTV (USA); Chelsea TV Online (int’l; radio)
Leicester City team news: The reigning Premier League champions lost one of their most important players this summer when N'Golo Kanté made the switch to Chelsea, and this really seems to have affected the Foxes' results at the start of this season.
To compensate for Kanté's departure, they brought in midfielder Nampalys Mendy from French side Nice, though it’s been young Daniel Amartey who’s been filling in the midfield spot next to Danny Drinkwater instead. Leicester also added several options to their attack, acquiring Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow and Islam Slimani from Sporting CP.
Claudio Ranieri, who recently revealed that he once tried to buy Antonio Conte as a player, will not be able to count on the aforementioned Mendy due to an ankle injury, as well as Kasper Schmeichel who’s suffering from a concussion. Another new acquisition, German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler will likely be taking his place between the posts once again. (Ben Hamer is the third goalkeeper.)
After a rough start, the champions are slowly getting back on track. Leicester thrashed Burnley at home over the weekend (just as Chelsea did!), their second consecutive 3-0 win after dispatching Club Brugge last week in their Champions League debut.
Chelsea team news: John Terry looks to be on track to play this weekend as he recovers from an ankle injury, but he won’t be able to feature in this one yet. Kurt Zouma remains in recovery for his torn ACL without a solid date for returning to action.
As a result of the short(er) recovery time from the last game as well as the team’s overall performances last week, the starting line-up should see heavy rotation, including a debut for deadline day signing Marcos Alonso.
Previously: A Frank Lampard hat-trick in a 4-3 win over the Foxes in the 2007-08 League Cup Round of 16.