Chelsea v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2019
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Chelsea look to get over their nightmare start to the season as they host the Foxes in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Foxes may have only managed a draw in their opener, but the result against a strong Wolves side was a positive one for Brendon Rodgers.
The Foxes won this fixture last season thanks to a goal from Jamie Vardy, whilst the reverse match played out to a goalless draw.
Frank Lampard has yet to settle on his strongest XI, and will have to rotate his side having played extra time mid-week as they lost the UEFA Super Cup to Liverpool. Fortunately for the manager, Antonio Rudiger, Willian and N'golo Kante are all on the verge of returning to full fitness, and could feature on Sunday.
Lucas Perez started for the Foxes last weekend and is likely to do so again, but Dennis Praet will hope to get his debut in midfield, with Hamza Choudhury most likely to make way. Caglar Soyuncu impressed against Wolves and is likely to start again.
Chelsea v Leicester Predictions and Previews
A mid-week match in Turkey between two Premier League fixtures is often a cause for compliant for managers, but Frank Lampard may actually be grateful for the Super Cup before the Leicester game. The new-look Chelsea side looked ill-prepared in the defeat by Manchester United, and suffered a number of individual errors leading to goals, and getting an extra match under their belts should serve them well.
The Foxes have suffered no such upheaval this summer, with Maguire the only first team departure, and instead Rodgers has looked at improving his current squad. Against Wolves however, the use of a 4-3-3 failed to impress, with the two wingers, James Maddison and Ayoze Perez both cutting in and depriving the team of width. Whilst this helped to stifle Wolves' progression, and may hamper Chelsea's build up play, the lack of space through the middle cause frustration for Vardy.
Leicester managed to take all three points from Stamford Bridge under Claude Puel last season by dropping exceptionally deep and exposing the home side on the break. Under Rodgers, the Foxes will be less keen to do so, and more likely attempt to take Chelsea on head to head, making for a potentially open game.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have changed significantly since that game in December, and have become far more direct under Lampard. Whether this can be converted into goals, with Tammy Abraham 7/5 to score, remains to be seen, whilst the defence were utterly exposed against United. The Blues will be desperate to redeem themselves, but have their work cut out against an impressive Foxes side.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 9/5
Without Rudiger in the side Chelsea lack athleticism at the back which the Leicester man will take advantage of.
Both teams to score at 4/5
The two sides have a number of proficient goal-scorers and may attempt to slog it out on Sunday.