Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Prediction: Leicester City vs Chelsea

Verdict: Leicester City draw no bet

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a showdown between two sides who have a top-four finish at the top of their agenda, Leicester will welcome Chelsea to an empty King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, putting in what was a professional display on Saturday night, the mood in Leicester’s camp certainly appears to be at a real high. Eventually landing what was a deserved 2-0 victory against European dark horses Southampton over the weekend, the Foxes are enjoying a three-match winning run across all formats. While Brendan Rodgers’ side might have seen Manchester City knock them off of second spot on Sunday night, they do find themselves sat just two points adrift of climbing to the top of the table. Booking their spot in the fourth-round of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a thumping 4-0 win away at Championship outfit Stoke earlier in the month, the former Liverpool boss could be calling on a red-hot Harvey Barnes to spearhead their charge in midweek. Once again finding the net against the Saints over the weekend, the 23-year-old has got himself on the scoresheet in four of his last five matchups across all formats and is really pushing for an England call-up.

Team News

While Jamie Vardy might have picked up a small hip injury over the weekend, the former England international is likely to feature on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Dennis Praet is the only first-team player who is currently on Leicester’s injury list.

Chelsea

As for the visitors, while Chelsea might have managed to snatch a hard-fought victory on their travels over the weekend, it doesn’t cover what has been a real blip for the former champions. Needing a late winner to grab a 1-0 victory against a 10-man Fulham on Saturday evening, the pressure still firmly remains on Frank Lampard’s shoulders. Making the trip to King Power in midweek still sat down in seventh and the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner still struggling to find their feet at Stamford Bridge, the former England midfielder has seen his side win just a pair of their last seven Premier League appearances. With an unenviable trip to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on the cards next month, fans around West London will know that their side must find some stability on the road. While they did manage to snatch that sluggish 1-0 win against the Cottagers over the weekend, Chelsea have lost each of their other three top-flight matchups away from Stamford Bridge, suffering defeats against Everton, Arsenal and Wolves.

Team News

After serving a suspension over the weekend, N’Golo Kante is available to feature at his former club on Tuesday night.

Both recovering from injury issues, the defensive duo of Reece James and Andreas Christensen have been given the green light to feature in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Leicester have won each of their last three matchups across all formats by an aggregate score of 8-1.
  • Tuesday’s guests have won just a pair of their last seven top-flight fixtures.
  • Chelsea have managed to pick up just three points from their last four Premier League matchups away from Stamford Bridge.
  • Harvey Barnes has found the net in four of his last five appearances across all formats.
  • Likewise, James Maddison scored in consecutive Premier League games for Leicester for the first time since October 2019.

Conclusion

While Chelsea might have managed to pick up an extremely hard-fought 1-0 win away at a 10-man Fulham over the weekend, the former champions are still desperately seeking some stability. With the pressure still firmly on Frank Lampard’s shoulders, Leicester should be smelling a real chance to lay down a marker on Tuesday night. Eventually cruising their way to a 2-0 victory against Southampton at the King Power on Saturday night, the Foxes have won their last three matchups on the spin. Still sat just two points adrift of league leaders Manchester United and the mood in their camp at a real high, Brendan Rodgers’ side should be relishing a test against Chelsea in midweek.

Verdict: Leicester City draw no bet

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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