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Leicester City v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

September 05, 2017

- Grant Whittington

King Power Stadium - Premier League

The 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester City host 2016-17 champions Chelsea on Saturday in a mouth-watering clash at the King Power Stadium.

Past Meetings

Chelsea have an excellent recent record in this fixture, unbeaten in the last four games against the Foxes in all competitions, and winning the last three.

Leicester's last win against the defending champions came back in December 2015, as they marched towards the Premier League title, with goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez securing a 2-1 home win.

Team News

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare will be leaving it late to assess the fitness of two of his first team players, before deciding on his starting XI for the visit of Chelsea.

Defender Robert Huth faces a late fitness test on a foot injury, which has prevented the German international from playing for Leicester so far this season. If the former Chelsea player is passed it to play, he is likely to line up in defence alongside summer signing Harry Maguire.

Midfielder Vicente Iborra is also set for a race against time to be fit for this game, with the former Sevilla man yet to play for his new club after a summer switch from Spain.

He picked up a groin injury during the Foxes pre season campaign, and he has been sidelined ever since.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has a fully fit squad to play against Leicester, but a number of key players are not yet set to return to action.

Eden Hazard is back in training after suffering a fractured ankle while on international duty this summer, although he may not be risked at this stage.

Captain Gary Cahill will serve the final game of his three match suspension, following his red card on the season's opening day against Burnley, and Diego Costa remains frozen out of the first team due to his ongoing dispute with Conte.

Leicester City v Chelsea Preview and Predictions

Both sides have recovered from opening day defeats, and their subsequent form has been positive, with goals and points both seeming to flow for both clubs.

Leicester's sole home game this season ended in a 2-0 in over newly promoted Brighton, and the comfortable dispatching of the Seagulls will give Shakespeare some positivity ahead of Chelsea's visit to the East Midlands on Saturday.

Chelsea's recovery from that Burnley defeat has been even more impressive, beating Tottenham away and Everton at home in consecutive matches as they look to re-establish their title challenging credentials for the season ahead.

Given the goals already scored for both sides, and their fire power at their respective disposals, goals are a real likelihood on Saturday and over 2.5 goals bet is priced at 5/6.

Chelsea will be a real threat to Leicester, and the biggest threat they have face at home this season, but the Foxes themselves still have plenty about them to cause Chelsea real problems. Neither side are quite up to full steam as yet this season, so a draw looks to a safe bet, priced at 13/5.

Recommended Bets

A 2-2 draw at 16/1

The goal threat of Mahrez, Vardy and Shinji Okazaki for the hosts and Pedro, Willian and Alvaro Morata for the visitors should make for an entertaining game between two sides that love to attack. Defensively, with Cahill, and potentially Huth, missing out either side will be up to full capability to keep a clean sheet.

Leicester to score first at 7/4

The Foxes have scored inside the first five minute in both Premier League games that they have register a goal this season, with Okazaki the early goal scorer against both Arsenal and Brighton. Their speed out of the traps will be a cause for concern for Chelsea, particularly in front of their home fans.

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