In-form Leicester against desperate Chelsea

Last updated: December 7, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWWW
Away form: LDWWL
Last season: 1-3
Competition: The Premier League

When you watch Leicester’s matches, football looks like child’s play. The Foxes’ players are creative and play fantasy football. They make things look easy. No matter Leicester have conceded 21 goals in 15 games, The Foxes started to improve their performance in defence. They kept a clean sheet in 2 of their last 3 matches, which goes to show the team can compete even for The Premiership title.

Furthermore, The Foxes’ players are even more confident after their last 3-0 win against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium last weekend. In addition, Leicester have a clinical attacking duo – Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. They have scored 24 goals in The Premier League this season!

What to say about Chelsea? The Blues have serious problems; they have collected only 15 points after 15 rounds, which is the worst performance for the Premier League champions. Chelsea even lost to Bournemouth 0-1 in the last round of the competition. Now, The Blues are going to host Porto on Wednesday and they need a victory, in order to qualify for the 1/8 finals of The Champions League. So, Jose Mourinho’s players will be very tired for the visit to The King Power Stadium.

Team News

Radamel Falcao has received an injury. However, The Colombian forward is used mostly as a substitute by Jose Mourinho.

Ritchie De Laet is suffering from an ankle injury and will need one month more to resume full training. The Belgian has appeared in 8 matches this season.

Matty James of Leicester is about to return to the pitch within a month. The midfielder is suffering from a knee ligament injury.

Thibaut Courtois has recovered from his injury. He played against Bournemouth, when his team lost 0-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “To play in Europe or the Champions League is fantastic and I want to help my players and my team to achieve this goal, but slowly.”

jose mourinho Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “I have to be honest and say I was not expecting this result.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.
Subs Schlupp, Wasilewski, Benalouane, King, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James, De Laet.
Not available:
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Begovic, Remy, Zouma, Kenedy, Ramires, Obi Mikel, Oscar.
Injured: Falcao
Not available:

Key Battle

vardy Vardy this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 1329 14 3,9 2 1 3 0
willian Willian this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (2) 1020 2 1,4 1 1 3 0

So far this season

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Leicester this season Chelsea this season
1 League Position 14
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (1)
3-0 vs. Newcastle and Swansea Biggest win 2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
1 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (4)
2-5 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City
Vardy (14) Top scorer Costa (3)
Mahrez (6) Assist Leader Fabregas, Hazard (2)
Y27, R0 Discipline Y27, R3
0 Failures to score 4
3 Clean Sheets 4
12 Both Teams to Score Games 8
11 Over 2.5 Games 9
4 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Chelsea have won 8 consecutive matches against Leicester. The Blues have recorded 10 victories in 37 games at The King Power Stadium.
  • The Blues won 3-1 on their last visit to Leicester. The Foxes were leading 1-0 at half time, but eventually Drogba, Terry and Ramires scored and secured the points for Chelsea.
  • Leicester have won 4 of their 7 home games this season. The Foxes have recorded only 1 defeat. They lost to Arsenal 2-5.
  • Chelsea have won only 1 away Premiership game. Their only victory was against West Bromwich Albion. The Blues lost on 4 occasions.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
29/04/15 The Premier League Leicester 1-3 Chelsea M. Albrighton 45′
23/08/14 The Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Leicester Diego Costa 62′
18/03/12 The FA Cup Chelsea 5-2 Leicester G. Cahill 12′
31/10/07 The Capital One Cup Chelsea 4-3 Leicester McAuley 6′
11/01/04 The Premier League Leicester 0-4 Chelsea Hasselbaink 12′