Happy Friday to all our readers. Chelsea look to continue their success over Hull City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow, against a Leicester side who have seen a dip in form as of late. However, Leicester are a very formidable team who are currently 8 points clear of the Blues and sit 3rd in the league. Chelsea will be looking to capitalise on Leicester’s struggles and come away with 3 points, a victory much needed as they into the first Premier League break of 2020.
Leicester City have picked up 3 losses in their last 6 to Southampton, Burnley and most notably to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final midweek. Defensive frailties were evident in their performances, causing them to concede 6 from their last 7 fixtures in all competitions. The lack of goals from their star striker Jamie Vardy has been a thorn in their sides; while he is the leading Premier League scorer, he is yet to score for the foxes in the new year. Despite these short comings, the foxes have managed to score 14 goals across all competitions this year leading up to tomorrow’s game, with contributions notably from Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Ihenacho.
Chelsea, on the other hand, come into this fixture with an important win over Hull City at the K-Com Stadium; the victory advancing them to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Chelsea come into this fixture with 3 wins in their last 5 games, though this may prove trivial against a Leicester side who have only lost 2 games this season at home. However, the blues have an impressive record at the King Power stadium with 4 Wins and a draw in their last 5 matches. The last two meetings however, have ended in draws and Mason Mount was the lone goal l-scorer for Chelsea against Leicester in the last two. Chelsea have been fairly good in their travels this season, and statistics seem to favour the blues on paper leading to tomorrow’s game.
Leicester come into this game with no injuries to their key players as of writing this article. Jamie Vardy had previously returned for their loss against Aston Villa this week, after a short-term injury lay off. The foxes will be banking on the forward to get back to his scoring best.
Top scorer Tammy Abraham’s injury is still a concern and he will need a late fitness test to see if there has been any reaction to training on Friday. Christian Pulisic’s fitness ahead of this game also remains unconfirmed and the forward is expected to make his return after the break. Recce James may start against the foxes. Frank Lampard did confirm that his injury was minor in the previous press conference and he might be fit to start for the game against Leicester. Chelsea’s injury struggles do tell its own tale about their recent results and Frank Lampard will be hoping his key men are back fully fit for the trip to Leicester.
Chelsea will be looking to put this fixture to bed as they have a tough run of fixtures ahead to cement their place in the top 4. An all important fixture for both teams from which I expect Chelsea to come ahead with the win over Leicester as they head into the winter break for some much needed rest and recuperation ahead of a very crucial month for the club.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
King Power Stadium
Kick off – 12:30 UK time