Saturday, December 4, 2021

Prediction: Leicester City vs Chelsea

Verdict: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to mark their return from the international break with a victory on the road, Chelsea will make the trip to Leicester on Saturday lunchtime.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester might have thought had found a much-welcomed boost last month, the Foxes have largely failed to build off of that momentum. Last seen heading into November’s international break with a 1-1 draw against a struggling Leeds on the road, Brendan Rodgers’ side still find themselves battling it out in the bottom-half of the table. Really struggling to find their feet while on Europa League duties so far this season, the one-time Liverpool boss has seen his squad fail to win any of their last four matchups within 90 minutes. With their recent issues highlighted by that deserved 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on October 30th, Saturday’s hosts could be in for another tough task at the King Power. In fact, Leicester have managed to win just a pair of their last eight Premier League outings, a run that stems back to the end of August. Likewise, continuing on from last season, Rodgers’ men have also won just a pair of their previous six top-flight contests on home soil.

Team News

Picking up a calf injury against Leeds last time out, midfielder Youri Tielemans will not feature on Saturday lunchtime.

Likewise, the defensive duo of Wesley Fofana and Ryan Bertrand are also still going to be missing at the King Power.

Chelsea

As for the visitors, while Chelsea might mark their return from the international break still sat at the top of the table, Thomas Tuchel’s side would have felt they missed a golden chance last time out. Throwing away the lead and eventually having to settle for their own 1-1 draw against Burnley on home soil, the reigning European champions will be desperate to make an immediate return to winning ways here. Still continuing to impress many since opening the 2021/22 campaign, the former Borussia Dortmund boss finds his side tipped as a leading title contender. Collecting 13 points from their last five Premier League matchups, a run highlighted by that stunning 7-0 romp against Norwich last month, Tuchel will also be boosted by his side’s continued success on the road. Extending on from last season, Saturday’s guests have lost just one of their last 14 straight top-tier contests on the road, a run that stems all the way back to January.

Team News

Pictured back in training, striker Romelu Lukaku could be in line to make his return this weekend after missing the last four games.

However, while both Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic could also feature, Timo Werner is expected to miss out here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off on Premier League duties back in May, Chelsea picked up a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
    • Leicester have won just a pair of their last eight Premier League contests.
    • Likewise, continuing on from last season, Saturday’s hosts have won just two of their last six top-flight home fixtures.
    • Chelsea have collected 13 points from their last five Premier League matchups.
    • The Blues have also lost just one of their last 14 top-flight matchups on the road, a run that stems back to January.

    Conclusion

    While Chelsea would have been disappointed to have entered the international break with a 1-1 draw against Burnley, the Blues will be looking to lay down a marker this weekend. Marking their return to action sat at the top of the table, the European champions have only continued to impress under Thomas Tuchel so far this season. Gaining a reputation for their success away from Stamford Bridge, an inconsistent Leicester could face a stern test here. Still battling it out in the bottom-half of the table, Saturday’s hosts have won just a pair of their last eight Premier League outings. With Chelsea landing a 2-1 win when the two sides faced off back in May, we’re backing a similar outcome at the King Power.

    Verdict: Chelsea win

    Best Odds: 4/5

    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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