It is exactly the opposite scenario of the last season. Last season this time, Leicester tried to come out of relegation zone and Chelsea tried to consolidate their place at the top. One year later Leicester is top of the table, 2 points clear of second place Arsenal, while Chelsea is in 14th, 2 points above the last relegation spot. Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester boss, will take on his former side where he spent 4 years as a manager. Naturally, Leicester City vs Chelsea is going to be a perfect end to an enthralling Premier League weekend.
Last time when these two teams met in April, Chelsea stopped Leicester’s incredible momentum by defeating him 3-1 but could not stop them to celebrate their relegation save at the end of the season. That was their only loss in last 9 games of that season.
Leicester is one of the in-form team of this calendar year. Since their defeat against Chelsea back in April, they lost only one match and that is against Arsenal. Leicester just lost just 4 points in last 8 matches. The confidence is real high and their performance was really acknowledged as Vardy and Ranieri won the Premier League Player of the Month and Premier League Manager of the Month respectively.
Chelsea is not in the best form now. They won just a game in every month since August.They lost 4 games of last 6 games and won just 4 points from possible 18. Their away form is more frightening. They won just one and drew 2 in last eight Premier League games. But they have played probably their best game of the season against Porto midweek and booked their place in round of 16. They can replicate that form in this game to turn around this misery.
Leicester has almost full fit squad so to Chelsea. The home side will miss their defender Ritchie de Laet. Their long term absentee Matty James is coming closer to comeback but still not available. For the visitors Radamel Falcao is the only doubt of the match. Rest the squad is full fit.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Probable lineup:
Leicester is mainly dependent on their two front men, record breaking striker Vardy and Mahrez. Both are in very good form. Kante, Drinkwater and Albrighton are supporting them well but Leicester needs the former two to spark to ignite further hope of staying in the top for a longer time.
Chelsea on the other hand should depend on Costa, Hazard and Oscar. But their main man this season is Willian. Courtois should take a huge roll to stop that lethal Leicester attack and Chelsea need some luck to convert their chances into goal.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Betting odds:
Leicester City are poised to win 2/1. The odds for a draw is 5/2 and Chelsea winning is 13/10.
It will be entertaining end to end games. Leicester need full point to stay at the top and Chelsea desperately need full points to avoid further setback in this dreadful season. Both teams have problem in the back so we expect a high scoring draw.
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