Leicester grab top spot with Blues scalp

English Premier League

Leicester City jumped to the summit of the Premier League standings with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham were given their first league starts of the year on the side of the Blues, who also recalled Kai Havertz and Reece James.

It was the Foxes who made the best possible start after a rasping shot from the edge of the area by Wilfred Ndidi off a short-corner cannoned off the post and into the net.

Chelsea nearly succumbed to a second on 16 minutes when a fierce shot from the edge of the area by James Maddison came off the crossbar.

The Blues did manage to find their own late in the first half and put the hosts to the test with a clever attempt from the right-side of the area by Hudson-Odoi hitting the side-netting.

Leicester made matters more comfortable four minutes before halftime as a late entry into the area from Maddison culminated in a sweeping finish from a loose ball.

It could’ve been three for the host five minutes into the second stanza when James Justin beat James to a ball at the back-post from Marc Albrighton, but headed narrowly wide in the end.

Frank Lampard looked to inspire his side to life midway through the second half and hauled on Timo Werner for Hudson-Odoi and withdrew Havertz for Hakim Ziyech.

The interventions seemed a masterstroke when Werner poked in a free-kick from the centre of the area five minutes from time, but it was disallowed for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Chances appeared for either side in the closing seconds of the match, but both failed to take charge as the Foxes wrapped up the win to leapfrog Manchester United at the top of the table.