Chelsea v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 18, 2018
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Chelsea are back in form and looking for their third Premier League victory in a row against Leicester City this weekend. The Foxes are looking to avoid their third straight defeat, and unlikely to get anything from this game.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven games against Leicester, winning five of those, including two extra-time cup victories. The most recent meeting between the teams was in the quarter-finals of last season’s FA Cup, where the Blues took the victory with a 115th-minute Pedro goal.
Maurizio Sarri is sweating over Eden Hazard’s fitness, after Chelsea’s star man went off at Brighton on Sunday with a knock. The Belgian should be okay for this game, although Olivier Giroud is waiting for his chance up front with Alvaro Morata on the treatment table.
Daniel Amartey is the only player who’s definitely out of this one for the visitors, after breaking his ankle in late October. Ben Chilwell missed Leicester’s defeat at Crystal Palace at the weekend and is rated as 50/50, while Matty James still isn’t match fit.
Chelsea v Leicester City Preview and Predictions
Leicester last beat Chelsea almost three years ago to the day, and were crowned Premier League champions a matter of months later. Plenty has changed since then, but there seems little chance of the Foxes getting their first victory at Stamford Bridge since 2000.
Chelsea fell to a surprising defeat at Wolves a couple of weeks ago, but have bounced back in style to end Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season, before winning 2-1 away at Brighton on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri’s side are nicely positioned for a place in the top four, but they have to keep winning games like this.
The hosts are the 17/50 favourites, and it’s hard to see anything other than a home win. Leicester have only won one of their last six Premier League games, and have less time to prepare following their tough Carabao Cup game against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The Foxes are 21/2 for the win, but even at those odds it doesn’t look very enticing. Instead, if you fancy an upset in this game, the draw looks like it’s got a much better chance of paying out at odds of 9/2.
Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals at 20/21
There’s every chance of the goals flowing in this game, so this bet looks a good way to enhance your odds on the home win.
Giroud to score first at 15/4
With Hazard a fitness doubt and Morata out, Giroud will surely be restored to the starting XI for this game, and if he wants to keep his place, he needs to score.