- Leicester City welcome Chelsea to King Power Stadium on Saturday
- The Foxes sit eight points ahead of the fourth-place Blues in third spot
- Get the odds, pick, and betting preview below
For the first time this season, Leicester City will clash with Frank Lampard’s side on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 am EST, with both squads looking to get back into form. The Blues have won just two of their last five Premier League fixtures, while the Foxes have dipped into a run of disappointing form as well after such an impressive season to this point.
Brendan Rodgers’ side was knocked out of the League Cup earlier in the week by Aston Villa then also lost to Burnley and Southampton in consecutive matchdays in mid-January.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Odds
|Leicester City||pk (-110)||+163||Ov 3 (+109)|
|Chelsea||pk (-110)||+167||Un 3 (-129)|
Odds taken Jan 29
Given where these two teams are in the Premier League table, this match should be a close one. Both teams are offered at plus-money odds in the sportsbooks, which stands to reason. They’ve both struggled as of late and need a positive result to get back into the win column. A draw seems highly possible as well, with +245 odds according to sportsbooks.
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Leicester Need to Find Previous Form
There’s no questioning that Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job with the Foxes since taking over towards the tail end of last season. They have surprised everyone this term, currently in third place with 48 points through 24 fixtures. Jamie Vardy has played a huge part, netting a Premier League-leading 17 goals this season, while others like Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira have been instrumental in their success.
After losing Harry Maguire to Man United in the summer, Soyuncu has stepped in and been the perfect replacement at center-back.
Lately, though, they’ve been playing disappointing football, losing three of their last five matches across all competitions. After playing to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the League Cup Semifinal against Villa, The Foxes then lost on Tuesday in the second leg to the Villans, who are currently in the relegation zone in England’s top flight.
Rodgers’ squad also suffered defeats to the Saints of Southampton and another bottom of the table side in Burnley back in early January. Their only victories in their last five appearances have been against West Ham and Brentford in FA Cup play.
Star striker Vardy did suffer a minor injury in that win over the Hammers on January 22, but it’s expected that he will be ready to roll in time for their huge clash with Chelsea in the coming days.
Blues Need to Be More Clinical
There have been numerous issues with this young Chelsea squad this year. The two most obvious problems have been a decrease in scoring of late and vulnerability in their own end. Thanks to the disappointing form of Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham, the Blues still sit in fourth place even though they’ve won just twice in their last five matches. In total,
Lampard’s side has lost eight times this season in league play, with a goal difference of just nine. They have scored 41 goals in 24 fixtures but also conceded 32.
Tammy Abraham has been clinical at times this year with 13 goals to his name, but not nearly consistent enough. The youngster has had spells of two or three matches where he’ll score a boatload of goals, then he’ll stay quiet for another handful of appearances.
Other than him, no one on the attack has been much of a threat. The Blues lack the want factor to score goals and could seriously use another hungry attacker who is a proven goal scorer. With just a few days left in the transfer window, it looks unlikely. The summer could be the best time to spend some serious money to bring some more quality to the club.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Stats
|15-3-6 (3rd in PL)||Standing||12-4-8 (4th in PL)|
|3-0-2||Record in Last Five PL Matches||2-2-1|
All in all, even though Chelsea have had their weak points this year, not many people expected them to even be in the top four right now given the youth movement that’s taking place at Stamford Bridge. With a lot of matches left, the hope is they can find their form and continue to fight for a spot in next year’s Champions League.
Leicester is Best Bet
Even though the Foxes have been in dismal form lately, I do believe they will pull out a vital three points on Saturday on home soil. Their attacking threats of Vardy and James Maddison will string together a goal, giving the Foxes a 1-0 victory at King Power Stadium over the Blues.
Pick: Leicester City 1-0