Chelsea vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea moved into League Cup semis after a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday evening. Maurizio Sarri rested his key figures in the mid-week cup tie which caused the Blues to struggle to open it up in the final third against the Cherries. The Italian manger then realized it’s important to make it to the last four in the competition as he introduced the likes of Pedro, Hazard and Luiz in the second half. It was team’s star man Eden Hazard who eventually made the difference netting the late goal which sent Chelsea through.
The Blues are hoping to complete a perfect week on Saturday afternoon when they host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. They saw off Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 on the road last weekend to move three points off Arsenal in fifth and to stay eight shy of leaders Liverpool coming into this 18th round tie.
Chelsea vs Leicester City: Head-to-head
Chelsea won four and drew one of past five encounters with the Foxes.
The Blues took four points form two H2H games with Leicester City in the previous term of the Premier League.
Chelsea also advanced from the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Leicester City in March this year.
Chelsea vs Leicester City: Prediction
We have to mention Eden Hazard’s fabulous form as he was the one who also inspired team’s 1-2 win at The AMEX on Sunday with a goal and an assist. Hazard delivered nine assists so far in the season, the most any player in top five European leagues has made so far in the season.
The Foxes struggled badly for goals of late. They failed to find the back of the net in consecutive league defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace. They did score in mid-week’s League Cup affair with Manchester City, but it was not enough to see them progress to the next round as the Citizens won the clash on penalties.
Sarri’s troops have a superb record of six wins and three draws in nine home matches in the Premier League this season. They kept their net untouched in each of last three league outings at Stamford Bridge, including the 2-0 victory over reigning champions Manchester City. This is why we have to go for the hosts to keep things tight at the back at the odds of 1.83 here.
Chelsea vs Leicester City: Bet Tips
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6)
Eden Hazard to score anytime @ 1.80 (4/5).