Chelsea vs. Leicester / Premier League – Two last champions of England will play one of more interesting matches of the 23rd round of Premier League, where reigning champion Chelsea currently stands better in the table where it occupies the third place, while Leicester is eight and has even 16 points fewer. Both teams underperformed in the FA Cup last week as they drew with lower-division teams. We need to add that Chelsea won their last four head-to-heads. Begins: 13.01.2018 – 16:00 CET
In accordance to that the Blues from London expect to win all three points against the Foxes, especially as they still need to make it up to their fans after three consecutive draws. It all started with away league match with city rival Arsenal, with which they drew at the Emirates 2-2. That extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to six matches; four wins and two draws. After that came two goalless draws; away one in the FA Cup with second-division Norwich and home one with Arsenal in the 1st leg of League Cup.
True, Chelsea has chance to fix all it did wrong in 2nd legs. It will play another match with Norwich at their Stamford Bridge, while in the League Cup its job will be far more demanding given they need to win at the Emirates in order to reach the great final. Now, they are fully focused on the league where they have just one point fewer than second-placed Manchester United and will surely start from the first minute offensively against Leicester, especially as they have no bigger problems with injuries and suspensions.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill – Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso – Hazard – Morata
The guests from Leicester also underperformed in the FA Cup last weekend as they merely drew with third-league Fleetwood 0-0 and will have to try to reach the fourth round in the second match that will be played in Leicester. Right at their stadium they won in previous league round Huddersfield by even 3-0, which finally put an end to four-game winless streak of three defeats and one draw and strengthen their hold over the eight place in the table.
Thanks to preceding four-game winning streak coach Puel players had moved from almost relegation zone to even upper half of table. If we judge according to their current form they have intention to stay there all the way till the end of season. On top of it, match with Chelsea is the last one from Leicester series of matches with strongest teams in the league, during which were injured stopper Morgan, defender Fuchs and forward Vardy, while on the list are from before defender Simpson and stopper Huth.
Probable lineups Leicester: Schmeichel – Amartey, Benalouane, Maguire, Chillwell – Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton – Okazaki – Slimani
Chelsea – Leicester PICK
Of course that reigning champions of England are regarded as favourites to win at home significantly weakened Foxes, but we also believe that a bit more offensive style of the home team will leave more space for the guests for fast counter-attacks and consequently we have decided to play here on goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 2.03 at sportingbet (down to 1.93 can be played)