Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Monday, 14 December
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

We’ve had to grind out results against Leicester over the years and it’s not as if they’ve never beaten us but to go into tonight’s game as the current Premier League champions, yet fully expected to lose, is a bit odd. It shouldn’t be surprising we’re underdogs given they’re 3rd in the table, we’re 16th and both of us actually deserve our current place but it still feels a bit wrong.
Are we going to have a bit of a Bobby Ewing moment where we wake up and the last four months haven’t happened? I mean we looked better last time out, so it’s not really such a fantasy to think we could snap out of whatever the problem is and start looking like Chelsea again. Then again, we all thought that after wins against Arsenal, Villa, Norwich and even the draw agains Spurs. They were all false starts for us though, whilst Leicester have found consistency in form that make the prospect of this game unnerving – and still a bit odd.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into tonight’s game, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says “Chelsea for me means a lot because I worked there for four years. I’m very proud to have been their manager. But that’s an old story and now my focus is on Leicester.
Their record does not mean anything as Chelsea are Chelsea and Mourinho is Mourinho. I’m sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “I said a couple of weeks ago I don’t believe they [Leicester] can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again. One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start. Another thing is to be top of the league in December. It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world, but sometimes these things can happen and why not happen with them?”

SQUAD NEWS
For Leicester, Ritchie de Laet (ankle) remains out and Matt James is not considered match-fit. Nathan Dyer returns.
For Chelsea, Radamel Falcao isn’t fit for a return but Jose Mourinho has no fresh injuries to contend with.

TEAMS
LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

LAST SEASON
Leicester 1-3 Chelsea (29th April 2015)

CURRENT FORM
Leicester: WWWWDW
Chelsea: LLLWDL

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have won their last eight league and cup games against Leicester
~ Since Chelsea last beat Leicester in April, the Foxes have lost just one game
~ Leicester have won 10 points from losing positions this season
~ Chelsea have won just one of their last six Premier League games
~ Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games in all competitions.

PREDICTION
Realistically Leicester have really found their feet this season whilst we’re still struggling to do up our boot laces, so our mid-week bubble may well burst tonight.

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