Chelsea vs Leicester encounter has thrown up plenty of drama in recent years, from Premier League titles to FA Cup glories, two manager sackings and stunning goals

Chelsea vs Leicester may sound like a bog-standard, generic Premier League fixture, destined for second or third in the Match of the Day running and a few turns from the back pages.

But, in fact, it’s a contest that’s thrown up loads of drama over the last few years, and fans bot avid and neutral should defeatedly be tuning in to listen to the action unfold on talkSPORT this weekend.

Chelsea and Leicester will do battle again this weeked – LIVE on talkSPORT
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Tielemans’ super strike won the FA Cup for Leicester, after beating Chelsea 1-0.
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talkSPORT bring you LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary from the King Power Stadium on Saturday, in the latest meeting between this new top flight rivalry.

This fixture has notched 50 goals over the last 19 meetings in all competitions, while the two sides have lifted six major titles between them in the past five years.

In recent seasons, Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante have also made the switch from King Power Stadium to Stamford Bridge, with both expected to face their former club on Saturday lunchtime.

Leicester went on a roller-coaster journey from League One to the top-flight, while Chelsea have been ever-present since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.

talkSPORT.com reflects on some of the iconic encounters that have formed a new rivalry that has shared success and disappointments, almost in equal measure…

Chelsea claimed a 2-1 win over Leicester last May.
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Premier League title and top-four finish

Last season was a mixed bag for Chelsea in this fixture, but a victory in the penultimate game was crucial for the Blues.

The teams met at Stamford Bridge with two games of the season to go, with Chelsea’s top-four hopes hanging by a thread.

Victory against a bold Leicester side was key, as a goal from Antonio Rudiger goals and a penalty from Jorginho – who else? – was enough to overcome the Foxes, despite a late strike from in-form Kelechi Iheanacho.

The win guaranteed Chelsea’s finish in the top-four, capping a remarkable comeback in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel after their chances looked bleak following Frank Lampard’s axe earlier in the campaign.

Tuchel has had a good start to life as Chelsea boss and a win over Leicester sealed their top-four finish last season
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But the fixture was also key in the most historic of Premier League title victories, when Leicester were crowned champions in 2015/16… although indirectly.

Few Blues or Foxes fans would ever forget Eden Hazard’s curling strike against Tottenham that gifted Leicester their first Premier League title and produced a triumph that was dubbed the ‘most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport’.

Not only that, though, in Chelsea’s last two title triumphs under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, the west Londoners completed league doubles over Leicester.

And on both occasions in speculator fashion, with an aggregate score of 11-1 to the Blues in the four league fixtures across those two victorious campaigns.

4. It is one year, four months and 20 days since Leicester City last won a major trophy
The 2015-16 Premier League title.

FA Cup wins and spectacular goals

Youri Tielemans’ 25-yard screamer will still be fresh in the memory of both Leicester and Chelsea fans.

The incredible strike proved crucial and guided the Foxes to the first FA Cup crown in the club’s history, and denied Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel his first taste of domestic success in England.

It was a stunning match which produced a stunning finale, with Chelsea denied what would have been a stoppage-time equaliser to force extra-time by a late VAR check.

Leicester lifted the FA Cup for the first time ever, beating Chelsea in the final last season
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Although, the Blues may feel that they had the last laugh, as they were crowned European champions by beating Man City in the Champions League final a week later.

Chelsea fans will also have fond memories of knocking Leicester out – who could forget Pedro’s extra-time winner or Fernando Torres’ brace at Stamford Bridge, ending Leicester’s cup adventure on both occasions.

Those two quarter-finals victories paved the way for Chelsea’s last two FA Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2018.

Di Matteo won the FA Cup for Chelsea in May 2012. Six months later, he was sacked
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Managerial sackings

There’s no chance Tuchel’s job will be on the line this weekend, with his Chelsea side entering the match three points clear at the top of the table.

But the same couldn’t be said for poor old Jose Mourinho back in 2015… or Frank Lampard last term.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scored in Leicester’s 2-1 victory in December of that year, which proved to be the final nail in Mourinho’s coffin.

That loss and brought an end to his second spell at Stamford Bridge, having led the Blues to the Premier League title seven months before.

Chelsea had finished eight points clear as they were crowned champions in the previous season, and won the League Cup, but the defeat to Leicester capped a run of nine defeats in 16 league games, leaving the Special One’s men 16th in the table – just one point above the relegation places.

Chelsea was axed after Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester left his defending champions just one point above the bottom-three in the Premier League
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The same thing then happened to Lampard, with a defeat to the Foxes leading to the club legend’s departure as manager
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That memorable victory was also pivotal in the Foxes’ title-winning campaign under former boss Claudio Ranieri.

History then repeated itself once again when Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison’s first-half goals secured a 2-0 win over Chelsea in January last season, which was Lampard’s final league game in charge of his former club.

This weekends’ encounter could produce another fairy-tale managerial change, with Brendan Rodgers’ the clear favourite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Manchester United if he gets sacked.

Who knows, another victory over Chelsea could be just the thing to convince Old Trafford chefs to act…

Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary of Leicester City vs Chelsea in the Premier League: Saturday, November 20 – 12:30pm kick-off