• Marcos Alonso puts Chelsea ahead after six minutes.
  • Alonso scores deflected second at same stage of second half.
  • Pedro nets third as Blues run riot.
  • Diego Costa dropped by Chelsea after row with manager Antonio Conte
  • Costa linked with £30m move to China with agent Jorge Mendes negotiating a deal.
Chelsea transfer targets: Who will the club sign in January? IBTimes UK

Full time: Leicester 0-3 Chelsea

As one-sided a league game as you might see all year. Chelsea sweep aside Leicester with a fine display, all the more impressive as it comes after a week in which Diego Costa fell out with senior members of the club's coaching staff. Marcos Alonso scored the opening, might be credited with the second, while Pedro netted a fine third. Leicester were total rubbish, to be frank about it, and need Riyad Mahrez back from the Africa Cup of Nations pronto.

Well that is all we have time for on this Premier League live text. We'll be back tomorrow with the game of the weekend; Manchester United vs Liverpool from 4pm. Until then however, have a very good evening.


Champions of England? Champions of nothing today Leicester City. They do record a shot on target however as Christian Fuchs' volley is saved by Courtois. They won't go down this season, but they'll come mighty close on this evidence.


Marcos Alonso named man-of-the-match by broadcasters BT Sport, though I'm not sure he will be awarded that second goal given it took multiple deflections on its way to goal. The dubious goals panel will be onto that.


Are we about to be given an insight into life after Diego Costa? Michy Batshuayi coming on for Chelsea.


This performance completely justifies Antonio Conte's swift and clinical decision to drop Diego Costa and instead leave the Spaniard on the sidelines as he is left to consider his actions this week. The Italian has called it perfectly and what has followed has been one of Chelsea's most polished displays of the campaign.


GOAL! Leicester 0-3 Pedro (Pedro)

Victory complete for Chelsea, and it is hard to describe how dominant they have been today. Pedro releases Willian with a delightful flick and he gets the ball back head into an empty net. Leicester blown away.



Chelsea turning on the style now and Marcos Alonso almost completes his hat-trick as Moses digs out a cross and he takes it on the volley and is flies just wide of Schmeichel's left-hand post. So close.


Gary Cahill must have seen Andy Carroll's goal from earlier and tries an audacious bicycle kick which hits Morgan and goes behind. Almost a spectacular third for the Blues.


Okazaki on for Leicester. The Foxes have offered virtually nothing going forward in this game. It has been a bit of an evening to forget for Claudio Ranieri's men.


GOAL! Leicester 0-2 Chelsea (Danny Drinkwater own goal)

The way Leicester have approached this game you fancy that might be that. Chelsea double their lead as Alonso strikes goalwards from a cleared free-kick and via deflections off Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan the ball goes beyond Schmeichel. Might even be an own goal.


Leicester having come from behind to win in the Premier League since October 2014. Leaders Chelsea won't make it easy as they get the second half back underway.


Half time: Leicester 0-1 Chelsea

A clash between the champions and champions-elect has failed to catch fire as yet, against the back drop of Diego Costa's absence. The Blues lead through another Spaniard, Marcos Alonso, and in truth have been relatively comfortable. Chances have otherwise been at a premium and it has not been the greatest watch.


Half a chance for Chelsea as Hazard and Luiz combine to set up Pedro but he skews his effort over the bar. Good opportunity.


A flashpoint at last. James Vardy wins the ball in the channel and his cross in the box can't find a Chelsea player but it forces Courtois to turn the ball away. David Luiz almost put the ball through his own net as he tried to cut the cross out, but withdrew just in time.


Not a particularly inspiring half of football this. Very uninspiring, you haven't already guessed. The Foxes have looked deflated throughout.


Game has slowed down a little since the opening flurry from Chelsea, who themselves have retreated into their shell a little. Not seen much of Eden Hazard as yet.


Leicester putting some tackles in at last as they look to disrupt this fast start from Chelsea. Jamie Vardy getting more into the game would be a good place to start.


Chelsea the fast-starters strike again.


Marc Albrighton with two great crosses. The first beats Vardy, who looks a bit ring rusty it must be said, before the second finds Ben Chilwell on the run but he directs his header wide.


Marcos Alonso slots home to put Chelsea ahead.

Marcos Alonso
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Slick opening from Chelsea here and Leicester's crowd have been subdued somewhat in the opening exchanges.


GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso)

It takes the Blues just six minutes to answer any questions over their ability to cope without Diego Costa. Azpilicueta's cross is only half cleared by Albrighton and the loose ball runs to Alonso who with his unfavoured right-foot curls into the corner.


Leicester on it from the off and Courtois has to punch out Musa's shot from the angle. Without Mahrez, it's a bit game for the summer signing who has had a limited impact.