Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 9th September, 2017
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Thankfully another international break is behind us and it’s back to proper football this afternoon with a trip to the King Power Stadium.
Before the break, we looked like we might be getting into our stride, with wins against Spurs and Everton after a dodgy start against Burnley. Leicester meanwhile have had defeats to Arsenal and United either side of a win to Brighton, so they may have welcomed the break more than us.
On the plus side though, today could see the reunion of Drinkwater and Kante, as well as the return of Eden Hazard. Bring that on!

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Having insisted for weeks Drinkwater would not be leaving, going into today’s game Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare focuses on another want away player, accepting Mahrez wants to play for a top six club but insisting “Having spoken to him the last couple of days, I’m in no doubt about his professionalism and commitment to Leicester which he has shown since day one. He’s in a good frame of mind. Most importantly, his body language at training is good and this is really important for me and the rest of the players. He’s been excellent.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, having secured Drinkwater, amongst his six signings in the window says “I think the club tried to do their best in the market. Sometimes you are able to buy, sometimes you can’t. I’m very happy to work with the players we have. It’s time to be focused.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Leicester, Kelechi Iheanacho is available after a toe problem and deadline day signing Aleksandar Dragovic could be involved. Robert Huth and Vicente Iborra are both fit but may not feature.
For Chelsea, Eden Hazard is available again after injury and new signings Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta may feature.

TEAMS
LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Mahrez, Vardy
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Azpilcueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Morata

LAST SEASON
Leicester 0-3 Chelsea (14th January, 2017)

RECENT FORM
LEICESTER: LWL
CHELSEA: LWW

OTHER STUFF
~ Leicester have lost 11 of the last 13 meetings in all competitions
~ Chelsea have won five of their last six away matches against Leicester
~ Chelsea beat Leicester 3-0 home and away in the Premier League last season
~ Chelsea’s third win against Leicester last season was after extra time in the League Cup
~ Leicester are vying to win their opening two home matches of a top-flight season for the first time since 1966.
~ Leicester have earned 19 points out of a possible 24 at home with Craig Shakespeare as manager. ~ Chelsea have not won a Premier League away fixture in the month of September in any of the last four seasons (D4, L3).
~ Chelsea have won six of their last seven Premier League away matches
~ Chelsea have won consecutive league matches since the opening defeat at home to Burnley.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Leicester 1-1 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Sports Mole: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

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