CHELSEA v Leicester: Preview

Date: Saturday 15th October, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 BST

Today’s early kick-off sees Chelsea play host to Leicester City and it might be a meeting between the champions from the last two seasons but you’d have to be familiar with the Premier League to know that, given neither side are showing the form of title winners so far this season. For Chelsea, today will be about trying to avoid back-to-back home defeats in the league for the first time since 2011. Whilst the current champions will be trying to avoid four out of four straight away defeats in the league.
Last season, our draw against Spurs gave Leicester the title. Today, I’d like to see a lot less benevolence.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s early kick-off, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, says “Against Hull City, we played a good game. We must continue in this way. It’s right to have a team that is compact but with players that are very offensive and can create many offensive situations. It’s not important if we play with three or four at the back. It was necessary to find a new solution because it’s not right a great team like Chelsea were conceding so many goals.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri meanwhile, says “Chelsea will be in the top four. Antonio Conte is working very well and hard. It’s not easy to change the players’ philosophy. They were used to the training sessions. Conte changed everything, and now it’s important that the players follow him. It will be another tough match. Conte has changed the shape of Chelsea so we have to fight.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Zouma isn’t quite ready for a return and Willian is unlikely to play following the death of his mother. Victor Moses is doubtful although John Terry is back from injury.
For Leicester, Nampalys Mendy is out with an ankle injury although Danny Drinkwater is expected to be fit despite his absence for England with a groin injury.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Alonso, Kante, Matic, Moses, Hazard, Costa, Willian
LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel, Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez; Vardy, Slimani

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester (15th May 2016)

RECENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: WDLLW
LEICESTER: DWLWL

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea will be trying to avoid back-to-back home league defeats for the first time since 2011 today
~ Eight of Chelsea’s last 13 top-flight games at Stamford Bridge have ended in a draw
~ Leicester had the best defensive record away last season
~ Leicester were unbeaten against Chelsea in the league last season
~ Leicester have lost just one of their last five Premier League games in London
~ Leicester have conceded 10 league goals away from home this season
~ Chelsea won 4-2 away to Leicester in the League Cup in September

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Leicester
Soccerlens: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester

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