This week’s Monday night provide us an entertainment prospect as defending Champions Chelsea travel away to meet Leicester City in the match-day 16 of the English Premier League. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 20 hrs. GMT on 14th December 2014.
Claudio Ranieri and Leicester are flying high in the league after some impressive performances this season and are getting better week after week. Vardy might have taken all the plaudits for his goal scoring exploits, but the likes of Riyadh Mahrez, Mark Albrighton have all proved that they can join party whenever the team requires.
The morale of Chelsea Blues hit all-time low with the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last week. Even though, they have managed to earn a vital 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League night, this could hardly help them coming into the match. Results from the past few months have shown that this team have struggled for consistency.
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Leicester have won four out of their last five matches, with one match ending in a draw and that was against Manchester United. They have found the back of the net in all these matches, with the goal difference reading 12 against 4 conceded.
Having lost only one game so far this season, they are also the joint top scores in the league alongside Manchester City with 32 goals. And this is a team who has scored at least a goal in every match so far this season
Chelsea have one win to their name in last five. Their main problem is scoring goals and have only managed 2 goals in those five games and conceded 5. They will start off the match at number 15 in the league table and are win-less in the last five matches on the road.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea – Head to Head Statistics
Chelsea boast of a healthy head-to-head record against Leicester City and have won in all of the last 8 Premier League meetings. Leicester last win over Chelsea came back in 2001/02 season by a 2-1 score line, just before the losing streak begun.
In the same fixture of the previous season played at King Power Stadium, Chelsea came back from a goal down in the second half to win it 3-1 win, thanks to goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires.
Leicester City – Team News
Rictchie de Laet is the only other injury absentee for Claudio Ranieri for this fixture. Matthew James is closing in on full fitness, but he is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Foxes this season. Ranieri is expected to field the same eleven that started in the 3-0 away win over Swansea last weekend.
Leicester City – Predicted Line-up
Chelsea – Team News
Cesc Fabregas is once again expected to miss out in the starting eleven after being dropped to the bench against Porto for tactical reasons. Kurt Zouma will be partnering John Terry at the center back who will be handed the duty to handle the pace of Jamie Vardy and ariel prowess of Ulloa.
Diego Costa have finally managed to found a goal on the Champions League night, but the biggest worry is the form of Eden Hazard, who has now gone over 37 hours without a goal for the Blues. A lot of responsibilities rest on the shoulders of Willian, who has been the standout player in most of their matches this season.
Chelsea – Predicted Line-up
Leicester City vs Chelsea – Prediction
It is pretty evident that Chelsea are clearly struggling to find any rhythm or consistency this season unlike their opponent on Monday and will go into this match are underdogs. Chelsea need to buck up their ideas soon and this will be a perfect occasion to grab all three points, which will give them the much needed confidence and morale boost to start revival at the death of the year.
It is pretty surprising to many about how Leicester’s season have shaped so far, but you can’t take away the attacking and entertaining brand of football they have played this season. The Foxes are a heavy scoring team and have shown on various occasions this season that they can come back from behind and win matches, while the opposite can be said about the Stamford Bridge team.
Until unless Chelsea put on a solid performance on the night, Leicester may run rout to pile more misery on the defending champions. Also this is a season of surprises and considering Leicester’s results against Tottenham(1-1), Arsenal (lost 2-5) and Manchester United (1-1), Chelsea may well get a point here. My prediction for the day is 2-2, which won’t do any harm for both parties.