Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will resume Premier League action this Saturday against the defending champions Leicester City following two-week international break.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 15, 2016, at the Stamford Bridge. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 12:30 p.m
- U.S.A time: 7:30 a.m.
- Pacific time: 4:30 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 2:30 p.m.
- UAE time: 3:30 p.m.
- Indian time: 5:00 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 7:30 p.m.
Preview and Team News
The biggest news for Chelsea is its “Captain, Leader, Legend” John Terry has returned from injury this week. Terry, who has been absent from Chelsea team since suffering ligament damage against Swansea about a month ago, is expected to lead the Blues from the start vs Leicester City.
In his absense, Chelsea has been leaking goals at an alarming rate, as the center-back pair of David Luiz and Gary Cahill performed well below their best.
Manager Conte went with 3-5-2 formation in the win against the Tigers, and he is likely to keep up with same formation against his compatriot Claudio Raniery.
At present, Chelsea is five points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table. Hence, only a win against Leicester is acceptable if the Blues want to reduce this points gap.
There is no major injury absence for Chelsea, as all of their stars have reported from international duty in good health, and the case is same for Leicester.
Chelsea Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3): Courtois; Luiz, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Costa, Hazard.
Leicester City Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy.
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO, NBC Sports Live, and SiriusXM FC. In the U.K., the match will not be live on BBC Radio, NOW TV UK, SKY GO Extra, Sky Go UK, and Sky Sports 1/HD UK.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Chelsea win: 52
Leicester win: 25
Despite dominating all-time result against Leicester, Chelsea failed to win a single Premier League game against the Foxes last season. It was beaten by Claudio Raniery’s men in Premier League at Leicester’s home while the return leg in the Stamford Bridge ended in a draw.
These two teams have met with each other this season in EFL Cup. Chelsea won the game despite being two goals behind. Shinji Okazaki scored a brace for the Foxes, while Cesc Fabregas ( *2), Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta found the back of the net for Chelsea.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City: Prediction
Leicester has not shown the form which helped to coronate it the champions of England last season. It is currently placed 12th in the league table and has only won one game in last four matches — against FC Porto in CL.
Chelsea is far from perfect either, but it has recoved from the 3-0 thrashing by Arsenal, winning against Hull City. Diego Costa has played brilliantly for the Blues, and his goals may once again may help Chelsea to come out on top.
Final Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester City
Chelsea vs. Leicester City: Betting Tips and Odds
- CHELSEA win: 8/13
- A draw: 3/1
- LEICESTER CITY win: 9/2
- Under 2.5 goals: 11/10
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/6
- Both teams to score: 4/6
- Both teams fail to score: 11/10
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Key Points to consider
- Chelsea has seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 games against the Foxes.
- Leicester has been losing at both half time and full time in their last 3 outings. (PL).
- Chelsea has netted over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of last 7 home games (PL).
- Leicester has lost their last 3 away games (PL).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Leicester’s last 3 outings (PL).
- Leicester has not beaten Chelsea in 10 of the last 11 games.
- The visitor has conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 outings (PL).
The stats were provided by Whoscored.
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