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Mahrez struck brilliantly after the break to double Leicester's lead. Getty Images

Full time: Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea

The Leicester City roller-coaster goes on as Claudio Ranieri's side go back top of the Premier League and take their biggest scale of the season as they defeat champions Chelsea. The dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez did the damage either side of the break and despite Loic Remy's late goal the visitors were unable to muster an equaliser. Jose Mourinho's side remain one point off the bottom three and could sink into the relegation zone if results go against them this weekend. Leicester meanwhile are a win away from being top at Christmas – a year on from propping up the table. Amazing turnaround.

Well that is all we have time for on this Premier League live text. We'll be back with more from the English top flight at the weekend but until then goodbye.

Five added minutes at the King Power Stadium. Leicester holding firm.

Jamie Vardy off and Shinji Okazaki on for Leicester as we approach the closing minutes. Two and a half minutes plus stoppage time to play. Chelsea still pressing.

Marc Albrighton with a foray starting inside the Chelsea half and as the visitors back off he takes aim but shoots wide of Courtois' goal. Little over six minutes remaining.

Gorkan Inler on for goal-scorer Riyad Mahrez, whose goal currently separates the two sides. Surprising it has taken as long as that for Ranieri to make a change, such has been Chelsea's dominance over the last 15 minutes.

Just before that Chelsea goal, the home fans had taunted the visiting support following the news that the M1 southbound is currently best with 10-mile tailbacks. The Blues could yet leave the King Power Stadium with a point after halving the deficit.

Goal: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea (Loic Remy)

Chelsea back in it with 13 minutes left, and you can't say it hasn't been coming. Cesar Azpilicueta probes and crosses from the left and Remy steals in, unmarked and powers a header past Schmeichel. Game on.

Leicester's backs are very much against the ball here and they face having to defend out these remaining 18 minutes or so. Chelsea are going hell for leather with nothing to lose and it has led to their best spell of the match.

Chelsea almost capitalise on the break as Matic's shot is deflected into the path of Pedro, who skies his effort which was neither on target or across the face of goal in the path of Remy.

Schmeichel saves from Fabregas' header. Pressure continues to come from Chelsea, but can Leicester hit them on the break?

Loic Remy on for Oscar as Chelsea make their final change of the evening. Twenty-five minutes remaining and this game is far from over. More goals you fancy.

Another opening for Chelsea. Diego Costa beats the offside trap, brings the ball down but Schmeichel makes a fine save as the ball lands on the roof of the net. From the subsequent corner Ivanovic somehow doesn't score at the back post but Leicester get fortunate as the Serbian directs the ball into a nearby Foxes defender.

Half a chance for Chelsea during their best moment of the game. Danny Simpson heads Oscar's cross only as far as Pedro, who can't take the ball down and Wes Morgan clears the danger. Into the final third of the game.

The home side temporarily down to ten men as Andy King received treatment after a nasty challenge which has left him with a cut on his calf. Can Chelsea grab a lifeline with the numerical advantage?

Cesc Fabregas on for Chelsea and off comes their captain John Terry - who has looked robotic this evening. Leicester in total command and it wouldn't surprise anyone if they extend their lead.

Goal: Leicester 2-0 Chelsea (Riyad Mahrez)

A absolute stunner from Riyad Mahrez has Leicester City in dreamland against the champions. Mahrez brings down Andy King's floated cross, twists and turns in front of Azpilicueta before finding space and curling a beauty beyond Courtois into the top corner. No keeping that out. More problems for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.

Yellow card for Jamie Vardy 30 seconds into the second half for a very poor challenge on Diego Costa, who takes exception to the tackle from the England forward. Mark Clattenburg had no hesitation there.

Players out for the second half at the King Power Stadium. Can Leicester hold on and go top of the Premier League or will Chelsea stage a belated comeback? Under way after the break and there are no changes.

Half time: Leicester 1-0 Chelsea

Normal service has resumed at the King Power Stadium. Leicester City winning. Jamie Vardy scoring. Chelsea losing. The Foxes are going top of the Premier League as things stand.

Leicester are heading top of the league as things stand and they smell blood as we enter the final 10 minutes of the first half. Vardy gets in behind o the left again but his cut back is behind the over-committed Foxes attack. Chelsea need to regroup.

Chelsea almost level straight away. Nemanja Matic rises highest from a Willian corner and his flicked effort bounces off the crossbar and behind. Big chance.

Goal: Leicester City 1-0 Chelsea (Jamie Vardy)

Chelsea lose their main man and now they are behind. Riyad Mahrez crosses from the right and as John Terry is caught napping, Jamie Vardy ghosts in to scoop home from close range. His 15th of the season and maybe the easiest of the lot.

Eden Hazard going off with what looks like a hip problem. Pedro being readied. The Belgium international is in genuine pain on the touchline.

Jamie Vardy with a late challenge on Eden hazard which appears to hurt the Belgian more as he hits the ground, than in the actual contact. Not exactly a punishing blow and Mark Clattenburg treats it as much. hazard needs treatment however before he is taken from the field.

No doubt that Chelsea with the ball look far more of a threat than they have done at times this season. Defensively they remain susceptible however and Leicester will look to exploit that on the break. Possession being dominated by the visitors so far however.

Not seen much of Jamie Vardy as yet but the threat he does pose is there for all to see as he chases a long pass down field down and it forces Courtois into a nervy clearance for a throw. Mahrez has a another effort from the resulting throw which Courtois saves again.

Danny Drinkwater off and Andy King on after just 16 minutes. Unsure what the injury is tot he ex-Manchester United youngster but that is a hammer blow to Claudio Ranieri.

Christian Fuchs with a free-kick from the right, an in-swinger which Thibaut Courtois drops initially before grabbing at the second attempt.

Not a great deal of flow to this game in the opening 10 minutes. The surface looks absolutely immaculate but neither side have been able to reign the ball in as yet. Diego Costa is already playing the role of pantomime villain, with the home support using every opportunity to remind the Spanish forward of his shortcomings.

It's a bright start from Leicester and that man Mahrez, who you could argue has been better than Jamie Vardy at times this season, is right into the action as he skips inside Oscar and shoots goalwards but Courtois does enough to keep it out.

Under way at the King Power Stadium which is rocking on kick-off.

Jamie Vardy is playing his first home game since breaking the Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches. The England striker hs been presented with a silver salver prior to kick-off to mark the feat, but I reckon he would trade it in to get a goal and a win against Chelsea tonight. Teams on their way out.

Claudio Ranieri does battle tonight with the manager who replaced him as Chelsea boss 11 years ago. The Italian played a crucial role in signing a host of players who went on to make up part of Mourinho's first title winning team but reputation for changing his starting eleven and of course his failure to win a major trophy at the club ensures he is hardly remember fondly in west London. Tonight is his chance to put on over the current Blues manager. Kick off is five minutes away.

Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "We know their qualities we know the way they play we analyse it and we discuss with the players. I think we know they are very strong in counterattack and also at set pieces and have good defensive organisations. They are also full of confidence which is fundamental in football. In the position we are we must treat the game that way, we are not worried about the position in terms of relegation that is not the point. I was thinking about some changes but nobody deserves to be out of the team. They played really way collectively against Porto and they deserve that confidence."

The saying goes that any manager is three games away from the sack, but you can't help but feel that Jose Mourinho has ridden out the pressure over his position. Defeat to AFC Bournemouth might have ended the club's top four hopes but the Portuguese boss appears no closer to being ousted by owner Roman Abramovich.

Big news for Chelsea today came in the form of the Champions League, which saw the 2012 winners draw Paris Saint Germain for a third season in a row. The French champions dumped the Blues out of the competition last term and there is little doubt the Premier League champions start that game as underdogs. Attention tonight however is on domestic matters.

Claudio Ranieri on Sky Sports: "No there is pressure it is about three points. We want to win of course. It is a difficult battle but we will try. For me it is important to see how my players play with the same intensity and help each other. That is my target tonight. Jose Mourinho will not have a plan for me he will have a plan to try and beat us. We have the same philosophy, we respect the opponent and if they are better than us then good luck to them."

Tonight's game needs little introduction. Leicester are looking to keep alive their surprising title challenge and could be back on top come 9:45pm this evening. Chelsea are firmly rooted in turmoil in the Premier League and could sink further towards the bottom three if they lose for a ninth time in the top flight this term.

Very little to ad upon the confirmation of both teams. Leicester are unchanged from the 3-0 win over Swansea and Chelsea are unchanged from the 2-0 win over Porto. That means Fabregas, Pedro and Cahill all miss out as suggested. Very easy.


Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Teams news should be on the way shortly, but what do we already know about how both sides will line up tonight?

Nathan Dyer is back for Leicester after being ineligible for the win at Swansea, but otherwise there are no other fresh concerns for Claudio Ranieri who is expected to select an unchanged team.

Chelsea could also be unchanged from the loss to Bournemouth last time out in the Premier League, with Radamel Falcao their only injury concern. Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill and Pedro all sat out the Champions League win over Porto.

Following another unpredictable Premier League weekend, the King Power Stadium plays host to a clash which could again set the cat among the pigeons. Leicester City are looking to go top once again with victory over a Chelsea side who despite reaching the Champions League last 16 start the game just one point above the relegation zone. Jose Mourinho's future is far from secure but how will his side deal with the duel threat of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez? The champions could be consigned to more heartache in the midlands. Team news on the way.