Chelsea travel to the King Power in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off hoping to continue their fine run when visiting teams in the top half of the Premier League standings, and it’s a fumbling Leicester City that stand in their way.
Date: Saturday 1st, February
Kick-off: 13: 30 pm
Venue: King Power stadium
TV Channel: BT Sport
Leicester’s recent dip in form have seen them contend with a couple of disappointing results already this year, and the last minute heartbreak versus Aston Villa in their EFL Cup replay game last time out made it three defeats in their last five games in all competitions.
The Foxes battled hard at Villa Park after going behind to a Matt Targett’s opener in that game, levelling courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho but some piece of Egyptian magic saw Ahmed El Mohomady and Trezeguet combine at the death, and thus deny their visitors a final berth in the cup competition.
Moreso, Leicester have won only three of their last eight top-flight games, including losses to the likes of Southampton and Burnley and this game surely offers up the chance for Brendan Rodger’s side to lay down some significant response.
Chelsea remain eight points adrift of their opponents on the table after having being frustrated in their lastest couple of top flight games, losing to Newcastle 1-0 and then coughing up their lead twice to draw to draw with ten-man Arsenal 2-2.
They were made to work for their win when they made the trip to the KC Stadium last weekend for their FA Cup clash with Hull City, as Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori popped up with the goals to render Kamil Grosicki’s effort for the opposition consolatory.
Just two league wins from their last six on the road is far from ideal, and the Blues will have their work cut out in Leicestershire trying to break down the Foxes defence which is still the third-best in the division: only Liverpool (15) and Sheffield United (23) have conceded the least amount of goals to Leicester’s 24.
Rodgers is without the duo of Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy who are both sidelined with injuries.
Marco van Ginkel, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are absentees for Chelsea.
Head to Head
This one will mark the 116th competitive meeting between the two sides, with Chelsea winning 56 of those games to Leicester’s 26. 33 had ended as draws.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Leicester City’s last seven league games.
Leicester City are unbeaten in their last three league games against Chelsea.
Leicester will be hurting in the manner they went out of the EFL Cup in midweek, and will be fired up to respond here. They might have nicked a point in the reverse fixture however but their current form have been non-descript at best. Leicester City’s last five games in all competitions (LLWWL)
Chelsea’s results have also been erratic in the last couple of weeks, and the FA Cup win over Hull last weekend will come as a welcome boost for this one. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions (WWLDW)
This game is undoubtedly in the balance, so it could be hard tipping either of these sides to come away with maximum points from what promises to be an interesting clash. However, what we could be almost sure of, is that this one will guarantee goals. With the likes of returning striker Jamie Vardy, Iheanacho and even James Maddison plugging away at Chelsea, or Tammy Abraham having a go the other way, one will expect to see some cracking goals from either sides. Thus, the over 2.5 goals market at 7/10 have some appeal and is the first of the suggested bets here.
And on the goal scorers market, perpetual goal getters for either teams are very much short on value, but taking a look at Maddison’s 7/2 to find the net anytime, one might be tempted to give it a go. The attacking midfielder has shown he is well equipped to take his chances and you feel he could add to his haul of six league goals in a game of this magnitude.