After three straight draws and the loss of the Premier League vice-lead, Chelsea will have Leicester ahead on Saturday, January 13. The match will be held at the Stamford Bridge stadium in London and is scheduled to start at 13h (GMT). It opens the schedule of the twenty-third round of the Premier League.
Chelsea’s recent performance
Stamford Bridge was the scene of scoreless equality against Arsenal on Wednesday, January 10. The game was worth the semifinals of the League Cup of England. Now, Chelsea will have to face the London rival in their domains to seek a place in the decision.
It was at Emirates Stadium that the blues opened this recent series of equalities. For the twenty-first round of the English Championship, they were at a disadvantage, they turned the bench but in the final minutes they had to settle for the 2-2 with Arsenal.
Then, in their FA Cup debut, Chelsea did not leave 0-0 against Norwich in the Second Division. Scenario that makes even more serious the limitations in number and quantity that the blues present. Coach Antonio Conte does not miss an opportunity to make it clear that he wants reinforcements, although the board is not convinced to make big investments.
The stumble against Arsenal caused the club to lose to Manchester United the deputy leadership of Premier Legue. With 46 points (14 wins, four draws and four losses), he has a disadvantage compared to the reds. He can recover the post, although temporarily, this Saturday. After all, United will only play their game on Monday, January 15. You will receive the Stoke at Old Tradfford.
At least bruising is no problem for Conte before the duel this Saturday. Only one athlete is in injury treatment. Just the only reinforcement hired so far in the January transfer window. It’s promising midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, who came from Everton. He has been off the pitch since the end of last season and has no scheduled date to return.
The current form of Leicester
Leicester also did not make the desired debut in the FA Cup. Like Chelsea, it was the goalless draw with Fleetwood. So you have to do a second game before the small club. This time you can work at home. The clash is scheduled for January 16, the day before the blues’ replay in the tournament.
In the previous round of the English Championship, Leicester managed to stop a negative series of four matches in the tournament. There were three defeats and one draw. Huddersfield’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield had 30 points (eight wins, six draws and eight losses). It occupies the tenth position.
Coach Claude Puel, unlike his rival, has a concussion problem to manage. The main one involves just his most important attacker. Jamie Vardie (21 games in English Premier League 2017/2018, nine goals), was out of the last two matches due to contusion in the groin. He will be re-evaluated to see if he will be available to face Chelsea. Also in this situation are defenders Christian Fucks (16 matches in English League, no goal), Wes Morgan (22 games, no goal) and Danny Simpson (19 games, no goal).
History of the bouts between Chelsea and Leicester
Chelsea have not been beaten by Leicester for five games. In that period, he won three times, including the 2-1 in the first round of the current season of the English Championship. The draws were two.
Waiting for the official qualification is a good thing before betting on this duel. Chelsea have played a greater number of times and this may cause Conte to put aside the most physically worn out athletes. In the case of Leicester, the four injured are absolute holders.
Both the attitude of the coach of the blues and the exams of the department of Leicester can modify the ratio of forces to the match. At first Leicester, a specialist in counter-attacks, appears to be a good guess at risk. It has excellent quotation of 11.00 for each real bet on Rivalo. Victory of the owners of the house yields 1.27 and tie pays 5.70.