Leicester City vs. Chelsea
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick off: 3PM
Chelsea will be looking to guarantee themselves third position in the Premier League table when they travel to Leicester City on the final day of the 2018-19 campaign.
Chelsea have been unable to sustain a title challenge this season, but finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Europa League would be considered a decent campaign for the capital outfit.
Having dropped points in 16 of their 37 league fixtures this term, it is a little bit surprising that the Blues are in the top four.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both had their own problems, though, and there is no pressure on Maurizio Sarri’s side ahead of the trip to the King Power Stadium.
It has been a strange season for the Blues when considering the criticism that Sarri has faced.
The fans have not always been delighted with the team’s football this season, but the capital side have only lost one of their last seven Premier League matches.
Chelsea were held at home by Burnley on April 22, but then picked up a welcome point away to Manchester United before beating Watford 3-0 at home last weekend.
Only City, Liverpool and Arsenal have collected more home points than Chelsea (42) this season, but Sarri’s team have lost seven times on their travels, which will be a concern ahead of this match.
The former English champions booked their spot in the Europa League final courtesy of a penalty-shootout win over Frankfurt on Thursday night.
The Bundesliga side caused a lot of problems over the 180 minutes of football, but Chelsea managed to advance to set up an all-English final with Arsenal.
Today could well be the final time that Eden Hazard is seen in the Premier League.
Indeed, the Belgium international continues to be strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Hazard has been an excellent servant to the Blues, but a switch to the Bernabeu is looking increasingly likely.
Chelsea have been unsuccessful in appealing their two-window transfer ban, though, which will make it a very testing summer for the club.
A number of talented players will return from loan spells, but it remains to be seen whether the capital outfit can challenge for the major trophies next term.
Meanwhile, Leicester occupy ninth spot in the table.
As mentioned, the Foxes could still finish above Everton in eighth, but Wolverhampton Wanderers have already secured their spot as “the best of the rest”, claiming seventh ahead of Week 38.
Fifteen wins, six draws and 16 defeats – that is how Leicester have performed this season.
It has been a tough campaign for a number of reasons, but the club’s fans will be feeling confident about the future.
Indeed, Brendan Rodgers appears to be the right fit for the Foxes, who have won five of their last nine Premier League matches.
The former English champions beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last top-flight match at the King Power Stadium, before only just narrowly losing away to Manchester City on Monday night.
This team, with a few additions, could be a real force next season. It remains to be seen whether Rodgers can keep the squad together, though, as interest in the likes of Harry Maguire and James Maddison is bound to arrive.
The former is once again being linked with Manchester United, while the latter has had a fine first season in the top flight.
Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Choudhury, Maddison, Vardy.
Chelsea possible XI: Kepa, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuain, Pedro.