It’s third against fourth in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, as Frank Lampard takes his youthful Chelsea team to Leicester City. The Foxes have an eight-point lead over their visitors this weekend, as Brendan Rodgers’ side aim for a return to the Champions League.
Where and when: King Power Stadium – 1 February, kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Leicester vs. Chelsea: BT Sport
Last time: Wilfred Ndidi cancelled out Mason Mount’s early opener with 25 minutes left to play when the teams met at Stamford Bridge in August, but neither side could find a winner in the closing stages.
Leicester v Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Chelsea come into this game looking for their first Premier League victory over Leicester City since September 2017. Three of the four meetings between the clubs since then have ended in draws though, with Leicester’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season the exception.
The Foxes are undoubtedly the team in better form heading into this game, bouncing back from their stutter of back-to-back defeats against Southampton and Burnley to thrash West Ham 4-1 before a 1-0 FA Cup victory away at Brentford.
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Vardy to score first and Leicester to win 2-1
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Chelsea also beat Championship opposition away from home at the weekend, courtesy of a 2-1 win at Hull City. The Blues haven’t won either of their last two Premier League fixtures though, drawing 2-2 with Arsenal on the back of their 1-0 defeat away to Newcastle.
Lampard’s side dominated possession in that game at St James’ Park, but failed to break down the Magpies’ stubborn rearguard. Leicester may be a much more complete side when in control of the ball under Rodgers, but the Foxes manager may see his team’s counter-attacking ability as the route to victory here.
To that end, Rodgers will be grateful Jamie Vardy’s hamstring injury isn’t as bad as first feared, with the English striker available for his team’s midweek Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Midlands rivals Aston Villa.
Chelsea will hope that game gives them a physical advantage here, although the visitors could be without as many as six players for their trip to the King Power Stadium. Tammy Abraham is a doubt along with Olivier Giroud and Reece James, while Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both out.
Leicester meanwhile could be boosted by the return of Matty James, although Daniel Amartey remains sidelined. Even without him, there’s plenty of value on the home win here, as Leicester start as the betting underdogs at 41/25. Chelsea are 13/8, while the draw is 14/5.
One to watch for Leicester: Whether they play on the counter or not, Jamie Vardy’s finishing is crucial to Leicester. He’s on 17 Premier League goals already this season, and the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring here.
One to watch for Chelsea: With Abraham and Giroud both potentially missing out, now is the time for Michy Batshuayi to step up to the plate. The Belgian striker is 6/1 to break the deadlock in this Saturday lunchtime fixture.
Long shot: Leicester’s last home win against Chelsea was during their 2015/16 title winning campaign. The Foxes won 2-1, with Vardy scoring the first goal. The hosts are 10/1 to win this game 2-1, rising to 27/1 if you add Vardy as the opening scorer.