6 min This has been such a purposeful start from Chelsea. Leicester have barely crossed the halfway line.
3 min From the resulting corner, Pulisic’s near-post header flashes right across the face of goal before Ricardo hooks it away from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea could be 3-0 up!
2 min Another chance for Chelsea! It was made again by Giroud, who laid the ball off to Mount on the edge of the area. His low shot was pushed away by Schmeichel, who got straight to his feet to block with the follow-up from Pulisic.
1 min Pedro slams a volley into the side-netting after 48 seconds. Azpilicueta’s cross from the right was chested neatly towards him by Giroud, and he belted a volley just wide of the near post.
1 min Peep peep! Chelsea get the match under way. They are in blue; Leicester are in their pink change kit.
There’s been a late refereeing substitution, with Oliver Langford replacing Graham Scott, who was – and you’ll like this – stuck in traffic.
The players are in the tunnel. Cesar Azpilicueta already looks like he wants to hurt someone.
In the early game, Sheffield United’s upbeat start to Premier League life continued with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
“Hmmm, be honest,” says Matt Dony, “how much attention are you really going to be paying to the football this afternoon?”
Mate, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes
analysing Leicester’s heat maps from last weekend. I’ve got my eyes on the ball.
desperately trying to find a split-screen function on my TV
Unlike Marcus Labuschagne, lol.
If you’re a cricket fan, you might want to join Tim de Lisle, because Jofra Archer is bowling another monstrous spell at Lord’s.
Sheffield United are playing Crystal Palace in the early game – and you won’t believe the score.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud.
Substitutes: Caballero, Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Kovacic, Abraham, Willian.
Leicester (4-1-4-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Ndidi; Perez, Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison; Vardy.
Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Barnes, Praet, Iheanacho.
Referee Oliver Langford.
Hello. Usually, when a Big Six team hosts a member of the Peedie 14, it feels like the game will be a formality. It gives me the greatest pleasure to report that, today, that isn’t the case. Leicester will come to play, as Brendan Rodgers’s sides always do, and have the ability to give Chelsea’s defence another trying afternoon.
Chelsea had a miserable start to the season, losing 4-0 in that peculiar match at Old Trafford, but there was plenty of encouragement in their Super Cup performance against Liverpool. N’Golo Kante makes such a difference to their team, while the important Antonio Rudiger should be back soon.
Both teams have an abundance of neat, technical attacking midfielders, so this should be good fun. A win for Leicester would be a decent statement of intent to infiltrate the top six; a win for Chelsea would end this dispiriting nonsense about Frank Lampard being under pressure.
Kick off is at 4.30pm.