Competition: Premier League – Chelsea FC vs. Leicester City FC
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 15 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)
Match Odds: Chelsea 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Leicester 9/2
The Blues are clearly still in a rebuilding phase after last season. They have looked inconsistent and vulnerable in a number of games already.
Antonio Conte’s side won 2-0 away at Hull in their last Premier League outing, three points they desperately needed, having lost their previous two games.
Chelsea are already a way off the pace in the title race. They’re sitting 7th, five points off the top and three outside of the top four.
Leicester City are also in a run of unfavourable form. They have won just two of their seven games this season and are just four points above the relegation zone.
The Foxes have struggled against the so-called ‘big sides’ this season and have failed to pick up points in games they seemed to breeze through in their title-winning campaign.
Claudio Ranieri’s side come into this one having drawn 0-0 against Southampton. Although Leicester are performing well in the Champions League, they are struggling to relay that form domestically.
Leicester have to see this as a tie they can pick up a positive result in. Chelsea conceded twice in their last league game at Stamford Bridge and have looked shaky defensively.
Chelsea are expected to be handed a defensive boost with the return of their captain John Terry. Kurt Zouma and John Obi Mikel are both expected to be out, while Victor Moses is a doubt. Willian is unavailable for selection due the passing of his mother this week.
Leicester City’s squad is in good shape for this tie. They are only expecting to be without Matthew James, so Claudio Ranieri has the luxury of a strong bench regardless of what starting XI he selects.
Chelsea’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Leicester’s last five: W/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: These two sides have been inconsistent in their last five games, picking up the same amount of points (7).
Key Player: Diego Costa – The Premier League’s leading goal scorer this season has been in fine form. Costa has netted six times
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Chelsea to come unstuck at home once again. They are looking far better than last season but defensive problems are there for all to see. Leicester need to begin picking up points to avoid being drawn into a rut of form. This would be a good result for Ranieri’s side, who posses the ability to damage Chelsea on the counter attack.