Leicester City will host league leaders Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime in a crucial Premier League encounter at King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have started the season on a disappointing note as they are currently sitting 12th in the table with 15 points in 11 games. On the other hand, the Blues are currently flying in the league and sitting at the helm with 26 points in as many games.
Therefore, it will be an interesting game for both sides as the Foxes will be looking to accumulate some points from these tough encounters at home to mount a race for the top four spots. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be keen on earning all three points away from home to keep their place at the top.
Leicester City vs Chelsea: Preview
The Foxes are currently unbeaten at home against Chelsea in their last three Premier League games. The last time they had a similar run in the English top-flight was back in 1995.
Brendan Rodgers’ side has defeated the Blues twice in this calendar year and the only team who won thrice against Stamford Bridge’s side in the last 10 years are Manchester United in 2019.
Leicester have lost to the league leader on 14 occasions in the last 16 games and it will be interesting to see if they can turn the stats around this time or not. Meanwhile, Rodgers’ side only kept one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games and it is a very concerning statistic ahead of the clash against mighty Chelsea who is the second-highest scorer in the league.
Meanwhile, after having a great start to the season, Tuchel’s side had to suffer a draw against Burnley at home despite leading the game. However, the Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
Leicester City recent form: W-W-W-L-D-D
Chelsea recent form: W-W-W-W-W-D
After sustaining calf issues in the last game against Leeds United, Youri Tielemans didn’t join the Belgian squad during the international break and it is looking unlikely that he could feature in this game. Wesley Fofana and Ryan Bertrand will have to remain sidelined for this encounter.
On the other hand, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount both have returned to training and could be involved in this game. Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner will remain sidelined in Saturday’s clash.
Leicester City possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Soumare; Lookman, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Chelsea possible starting lineup(3-4-2-1):
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Mount; Havertz
Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea is enjoying a stellar season and is eyeing for a title charge this term, therefore, it will be tough for Leicester to take anything from this encounter.