The Premier League Returns As Chelsea Host Leicester
Last updated: October 13, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Last season:||Chelsea 1 – 1 Leicester|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
After a few weeks off due to World Cup qualifiers, the Premiership is back this weekend with a jam packed schedule. The action heads straight to Stamford Bridge for the early kick off where Chelsea will host Leicester. Chelsea have certainly made the better start to the season 7 games in. They sit in 7th position, 5 points off leaders Manchester City. Leicester on the other hand have so far failed to replicate the form that won them the trophy last season. They have improved since a very poor opening to the campaign, but a 4-1 thumping by Manchester United, followed by a goalless draw against Southampton, means they are not in the best of form going into this fixture.
Chelsea suffered a big loss of their own against Arsenal in their second to last Premiership game. They bounced back the week after though with a comfortable victory over Hull. Much of their success has been down to Diego Costa, whose 6 goals make him the top scorer in the Premier League. The Spaniard must control his fiery temper a little better though. One more yellow card and he will find himself banned for picking up 5 yellow cards. All in all, Chelsea don’t yet look to have found the right formula under their new manager. Conte experimented with a 3 at the back system in the previous fixture and may repeat this experiment after its success. Once they do find this formula then Chelsea will be a force to be reckoned with in the League.
Much has been written about N’golo Kante’s departure from Leicester to Chelsea over the summer. It was always clear he would be a big loss, but just how big has been highlighted by Leicester’s sluggish start to the new season. The France international will face his old club for the first time since the summer departure, to remind Leicester fans once again just what they’re missing. Danny Drinkwater has done his best to plug the hole that was left by Kante’s departure, but it has not been enough to protect a Leicester defence that has already conceeded 11 this season. The other stars of last season are still to shine but there are signs of improvement. Jamie Vardy now has a couple of goals to his name, while Ryad Mahrez has performed fantastically in the Champions League and will be hoping to replicate that form in the Premier League.
Chelsea are still without injured defenders John Terry and Kurt Zouma. Terry could feature on the substitutes bench, but it is unlikely.
Diego Costa is top scorer in the leage currently and Chelsea will be looking to him for goals. But the striker must be careful; one more yellow card means he will be suspended.
Leicester will be hoping that playmaker Danny Drinkwater recovers from a groin injury time to make the starting line-up. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has recovered from concussion.
Jamie Vardy didn’t feature in England’s midweeek match against Slovenia and should be fully refreshed after an extended break.
|Chelsea (4-2-3-1):||Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Oscar, Matic, Kanté, Alonso, Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard|
|Subs:||Begovic, Ivanovic, Fàbregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Chalobah|
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Amartey, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy|
|Subs:||Hernández, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Okazaki, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa|
So far this season
|Chelsea this season||Leicester this season|
|2 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (0)|
|3-0 vs. Burnley||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Burnley|
|0 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (0)|
|0-3 vs. Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||1-4 vs. Liverpool||Diego Costa (6)||Top scorer||Jamie Vardy (2)|
|Nemanja Matic (3)||Assist Leader||Ryad Mahrez (1)|
|Y19, R0||Discipline||Y10, R0|
|1||Failures to score||2|
|4||Both Teams to Score Games||4|
|6||Over 2.5 Games||5|
|1||Under 2.5 Games||2|
- Just 2 clean sheets from 7 is a little surprising since manager Antonio Conte usually focuses on a resolute defence. A move to 3 at the back seems to suit the team better and could mark an improvement in this area.
- Leicester have 2 goalless draws to their name so far, but other than this their games have featured over 2.5 goals. Fans will be looking to Slimani, Vardy and Mahrez to improve their tallies to continue this trend.
- Chelsea have failed to score in just 1 game so far this season and that was against an in form Arsenal away from home. The Leicester defence seems unlikely to stop Costa and co scoring again.
- 3 clean sheets is a strong figure from just 7 matches. But Chelsea are a high scoring team and Leicester have struggled against bigger teams so far this season. They will have to improve defensively, if they want to add another clean sheet to the list.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|20/09/2016||EFL Cup||Leicester 2 – 4 Chelsea||Okazaki 17′|
|15/05/2016||Premier League||Chelsea 1 – 1 Leicester||Fabregas 66′|
|14/12/2015||Premier League||Leicester 2 – 1 Chelsea||Vardy 34′|
|29/04/2015||Premier League||Leicester 1 – 3 Chelsea||Albrighton 45′|
|23/08/2014||Premier League||Chelsea 2 – 0 Leicester||Costa 63′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Leicester have really struggled on the road this season, losing all 3 of their away games. It would be hard to see this one as an exception. Chelsea are in free scoring mode and should have enough to earn the victory here. The foxes have mustered a goal in each of their away fixtures however. The bookies are fully expecting goals here, so there’s no value in over 2.5 goals. Instead, we’ll be backing both teams to score plus chelsea to win at around 3/1. You can get this and many more bets at a great price at Betway.