Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Chelsea
Venue: King Power Stadium – Monday, December 14 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Leicester 19/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 11/8
This is not a parallel universe. Chelsea sit in 14th place coming into this game, with Leicester sitting at the top of the table after 15 games.
The Foxes have exceeded all expectations so far and they are now unbeaten in eight league games, having only lost the one match this term.
Chelsea are enduring quite the opposite campaign as they have suffered defeat in eight games already – more total league losses than in any of the last three seasons.
The Blues fell 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend and they have not won away in their last five. Things don’t look so good for Jose Mourinho’s men and another loss here would really put any remaining Champions League hopes in jeopardy.
Leicester have scored more league goals than anyone else this season and will face a Chelsea side with the third-worst defensive record in the top flight. Yet somehow Leicester are still the underdogs as far as the betting for the match goes.
This will be the 19th Premier League clash between the two sides. Chelsea have sealed victory in each of the last six league meetings.Embed from Getty Images
In fact, the last time Chelsea lost to the Foxes, Claudio Ranieri was in charge of the Blues. The Italian coach is now working wonders with Leicester and will hope to inflict further damage on his former club’s dismal season.
Leicester’s will be without Ritchie De Laet and Matt James as the pair remain Claudio Ranieri’s only absentees. Leonardo Ulloa will hope to start alongside Jamie Vardy in attack once again.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has just one player out of this one as Radamel Falcao is unlikely to even make the trip to Leicester. Cesc Fabregas will expect to come back into the side after being dropped against Porto midweek, while Kurt Zouma may get the nod at centre-back.
Leicester’s last five: W/W/W/D/W
Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: Chelsea have won their last eight games against Leicester in all competitions and haven’t lost to the Foxes since 2001 – a game in which Ranieri was Chelsea manager.
Key Player: Jamie Vardy – His 11-game scoring run might have ended at Swansea last time out but Vardy has still scored six in his last five home league games and will look to hurt Chelsea here.
Leicester 2-1 Chelsea – Leicester have scored in every Premier League game this season and shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the net against a leaky Chelsea defence here. The Blues have lost four of their last six league games and it’s hard to see them sealing three points in this one. Another excellent Leicester win could be on the cards.