Chelsea v Leicester City
Saturday, Jan 13 – 15:00pm
After drawing 2-2 with Arsenal last week, Chelsea were once again held to a draw by Norwich City in the FA Cup on Wednesday. The Blues remain one point behind second placed Manchester United in the Premier League table, and things have been hotting up between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, with both managers trading verbal blows in their recent press conferences. The big news from Stamford Bridge is that defender Andreas Christensen has signed a brand new contract, that will keep him at the club until 2022. The Denmark international could have a big part to play in tomorrow’s match, having already appeared for Chelsea 16 times this season.
Leicester City drew 0-0 with Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup, and have now won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions. There has been plenty of speculation over the future of Riyad Mahrez this week; however, potential suitors Liverpool have confirmed that they have no interest in the Algerian midfielder. The Foxes currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, four points adrift of seventh placed Burnley.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Chelsea have only lost one of their last 11 matches with the Foxes in the Premier League (W9 D1) – the loss coming in December 2015 (2-1).
- Leicester City have claimed just one victory over their last 11 games at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League (D3 L7) – beating the Blues 2-0 in September 2000.
- The Foxes have seen 12 defeats in their last 14 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions.
- Claude Puel’s side have not won any of their last 12 matches away from home against the ‘Big Six’ in the league (D3 L9) – they have lost each of their last five games.
- Chelsea have won all of their last seven Premier League home games since losing to Man City back in September – conceding just three goals in the process.
- Antonio Conte has claimed 25 victories over 30 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge – more than any other manager in the competition (level with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti).
- Leicester City have found the back of the net and conceded in 14 of their 22 matches in the Premier League this season.
- Davide Zappacosta has been involved in goals from the bench in each of his last two Premier League matches.
- Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in 14 goals in the Premier League this season (seven goals, seven assists).
- Jamie Vardy has found the back of the net against the ‘Big Six’ more times than any other striker since August 2014.
Chelsea have been fantastic at home this season, and will be looking to keep the pressure on Man United, after dropping points to Arsenal last week. Leicester los 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in September, with a well organised Chelsea back five managing the keep Jamie Vardy quiet for the majority of the game. Vardy has improved substantially since then, but it’s still hard to see past a Chelsea win. It should be another close match however. Chelsea to win, both teams to score.