Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 29 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Our game in hand sees us travel to the King Power Stadium to face a bit of a resurgent Leicester side tonight and with still two wins required for us to take the title, it’s likely to be a tense affair. Their current form sees them on a winning run of four games, whilst we drew our last one against Arsenal.
We face them as the Capital One Cup winners, with six of our players in the team of the year and Eden Hazard named player of the year – so I hope they won’t be too bored.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Ahead of tonight’s game, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has defended himself against dismissed suggestions he could field a weakened side against us, with half an eye on the weekend, insisting “I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism. What is our strongest side? Do you know? It is a loaded question.A weakened side is being disrespectful to our squad of players. I’ve never picked a side which doesn’t have the integrity of any competition in mind.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, no doubt in response to recent criticism, talks up his style of football, saying “The way people now analyse style and flair is to take the goals out of the pitch. It’s the football they play on the moon, and the surface is not good. Some holes. But no goals. I ask myself if in the future, when I am a granddad and I am at home with my grandsons, maybe the future of football is a beautiful green grass carpet without goals. For me, I am very simple in my analysis. Football is about putting the ball in the net of your opponent and stopping your opponent.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Leicester, David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp (both calf) are given as doubts and Jamie Vardy will get a late check. Chris Wood is available after being recalled.
For Chelsea, Loic Remy (calf) remains out, Oscar (head) is doubtful and we still don’t know yet whether Diego Costa (hamstring) will be risked.

TEAMS
LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel; De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton; King, James, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Wood; Kramaric
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas, Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard; Drogba

LAST SEASON
N/A

RECENT FORM
Leicester: DLWWWW
Chelsea: DWWWWD

OTHER STUFF
•Chelsea have won their last seven league and cup games against Leicester
•Leicester’s last win against Chelsea came in February 2001
•A win would see Leicester claim five consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since 1964.
•Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 top-flight matches (W9, D4).
•Under Jose Mourinho, the Blues have kept clean sheets in 103 of 191 league games (54%).

PREDICTION
It’s Sod’s law Leicester’s form takes an upturn before we meet them! I predict plenty of bitten nails tonight

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