Leicester – Chelsea: Preview & Prediction
After his dream season, Leicester redesigned his pretensions and returned to figure merely as a team struggling to remain in the elite division of English football. A significant event that indicated the new role of the club was just the sale of Drinkwater midfielder for Chelsea. The deal happened on the final day of the download window.
Shortly after winning the title, Leicester attempted to hold as many of the athletes as possible that propelled the team to the finish. Now they are not so strong. He was the second fundamental midfielder who lost to the Blues. Before, Kante N’Golo had been yielded. He became the player of the year in the London team title campaign.
The theoretical fall of the threshold has been confirmed in practice. In the first two games as a visitor in the Premier League 2017/2018, Leicester were defeated by Arsenal (4 to 3) and Manchester United (2 to 0). However, at home, he managed to beat Brighton (2-0).
For his third encounter with a ‘great’ Englishman, coach Craig Shakespeare has two doubts regarding athletes who are in the medical department. German Robert Huth (ankle injury) and Iborra (groin) midfielder will probably be out.
In addition to Drinkwater, Chelsea should win for Saturday’s duel an ‘old’ boost, but very important. Midfielder and striker Eden Hazard has been out of action since the end of last season when he suffered an ankle fracture while serving in Belgium. He did not make a match in the current season for the Blues, but was called up for the double round of European qualifiers.
He participated in both games. Against Gibraltar, he played 76 minutes. He scored a goal, gave an assist and proved to be regaining his good form in the rout 9-0. Against Greece, a tougher game, was preserved by coach Roberto Martinez. He entered the final 16 minutes when the game was tied for 1 to 1. He did not participate in the bid, but in the attack following his entrance, the Belgians scored 2 to 1 securing the classification for the World Cup with two rounds in advance.
After showing he is recovered, he will probably be used by coach Antonio Conte on Saturday. It remains to know whether as a holder or starting on the reservation bank. In the previous season of the English Championship, Hazard was decisive in the conquest of the title. He participated in 36 matches and made 16 goals.
The only downfall in the Blues will be defender Gary Cahill. He will serve the third match of the penalty imposed by his expulsion in Chelsea’s defeat to Bournemouth at home in the first round of the Premier League by 2-1. They did not lack in the first two games. In Tottenham’s classic at Wembley, Chelsea scored 2-1. In the third round at Stamford Bridge, the team beat Everton 2-0 to six points.
History of the bouts between Leicester and Chelsea
Chelsea took their best in their three previous clashes with Leicester last season. The first of them was in the League Cup of England. It finished tied for 2 to 2 in the normal time. In the overtime, the Blues won 2-0. For the English Championship, the London team won 3-0 at home and repeated the score in the opponent’s stadium.
Leicester – Chelsea: Betting Tips
Chelsea win – Odds: 1.75
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.85