Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Chelsea FC
Venue: King Power Stadium – Wednesday April 29th – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)
Match Odds: Leicester 4/1 – Draw 13/5 – Chelsea 7/10
Leicester have turned their fortunes around in remarkable style after winning four on the bounce and now find themselves outside the relegation zone for the first time since November.
Saturday’s 1-0 win at Burnley was a huge result for the Foxes and Nigel Pearson will be desperately hoping they can stun Chelsea with a win in their game in hand on Wednesday night.Embed from Getty Images
The Blues have led the Premier League from start to finish and their 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Sunday means they need just six points from their final five games to ensure they are named champions for the first time in five years.
Jose Mourinho’s side have been excellent over the course of the season and beat Leicester 2-0 in their first home game of the season back in August.
Chelsea have only lost twice all season, both of those being on the road, and that will give Leicester fans a glimmer of hope going into this one.
The Foxes know a win can move them four points clear of the drop zone with four to play, while the visitors will be looking for victory so that they can win the Premier League in front of their own fans on Sunday against Crystal Palace.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea have won the last seven meetings between the two sides over the course of the past 14 years and will be heavy favourites to end the Foxes’ four-game win streak on Wednesday.
Leicester could be without David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp for the visit of the Blues as both are doubts for the clash. Nigel Pearson is likely to name an unchanged side from the team that won at Burnley on Saturday, with Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa expected to partner each other in attack.
Chelsea have doubts hanging over five players ahead of this one with striking trio Didier Drogba, Loic Remy and Diego Costa still struggling with knocks. Drogba came on against Arsenal on Sunday and will be pushing for a start if he is fit enough. Oscar is also a doubt after going to hospital following a collision with David Ospina at the weekend, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is also struggling with a knock and so Petr Cech could get the nod between the sticks.
Leicester’s last five: L/W/W/W/W
Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/D
Key Stat: There have been 30 goals in the last seven meetings between these two, with Chelsea winning all of those games – an average of 4.3 goals per game.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea winger has been exceptional this season and picked up the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night. He has three goals and two assists in his last five Premier League games and also scored in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
Leicester 1-2 Chelsea – The Blues have kept three clean sheets on the bounce and have been labelled “boring” for their defensive approach but Leicester have been scoring goals for fun and will expect to get at least one. Though Chelsea look too strong and will take another stride towards the title with a win on Wednesday night.