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Leicester City vs. Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
29 January 2020
Saturday 1 February
King Power Stadium – Premier League
Leicester had to respond after a recent slum and did, but now Chelsea eye the opportunity to close the gap up to their rivals in the top four. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been caught by Manchester City after a poor spell in the League and now Chelsea might have the opportunity to cut the gap by three points.
Chelsea haven’t beaten Leicester in the Premier League since September 2017, as their four latest meetings have ended in three draws and one win for the Foxes. Chelsea have only scored once in those four matches and Leicester twice, when they obviously neutralise each other quite well. Both sides are hungry, quick and young, but they lock horns another time as Chelsea are looking for their first home win against Leicester since October 2016, when Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses secured at 3-0 win against the then reigning champions.
Daniel Amartey is the only player in trouble ahead of the weekend, as Brendan Rodgers more or less boast a full squad in front of the big game against top four Chelsea and should be able to side his strongest XI at the King Power Stadium this weekend. No suspensions and no injury news for the Northern Irish manager would be great news ahead of a busy schedule.
Frank Lampard shouldn’t have any new injury concerns, as Tammy Abraham seems like he should be fine going forward. Christian Pulisic is not expected back until the Monday after the match and when Abraham had a scare earlier this month, it seemed like Chelsea would have to call on Michy Batshuayi. He could still get the nod, but the only players who are definitely out, would be Marko van Ginkel, mentioned Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Leicester vs. Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Leicester are looking to confirm their position as the third best in England this term, as Chelsea challenge them for the points at the King Power Stadium. Their recent meetings have been lacking goals, but not excitement. The Foxes take on the Blues with a full squad and could be backed at 2.60 to beat Lampard’s men at home.
Both sides have struggled to convince in January and the results have been as inconsistent as the performances. The Foxes were put back to earth when Southampton revenged their massive 9-0 loss with a 2-1 win at the King Power and Leicester followed it up with a 2-1 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor a week later.
But they’ve hit back with a 4-1 win against West Ham at home and are now playing their second league match in front of their own crowd. They have since advanced in the FA Cup and the same goes for Rodgers’ men, and the two teams lock horns again, and seems like it will be a similarly open game this time around.
It’s hard to pick a winner and Chelsea might be backed at 2.60 to win, whilst another draw between the two rivals will be at 3.65. Chelsea are coming from a poor result against 10-men Arsenal last round, as the Gunners equalised right at the end and salvaged a point at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday last week.
Jamie Vardy has bagged 17 in 23 games this term and the English striker will be confident that he could score also against The Blues, but if Abraham will be fit to play, he could try and challenge the leading goalscorer as he’s currently stuck at 13 himself.
Draw with goals at 4.10
The two sides will be looking to score and will challenge each other on every break they get. It might end in another score draw for the Blues, and also a back-to-back score draw between these two sides.
Total Goals Under 2.5 at 2.20
Their four last meetings have all ended with two or less goals and both seem to have been able to neutralise their strength. Two very similar sides, playing the same kind of football and it could end with another stalemate and a low amount of goals for the fifth time in the Premier Leauge.