Leicester v Chelsea Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Leicester City v Chelsea

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Saturday, February 1, 2020


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

Given the patchy form of both teams coming into this game, Leicester and Chelsea could both set out to ensure they don’t lose this fixture rather than being aggressive and going for the win. Recent history shows that the games have been very tight affairs with few goals being scored and as both have a healthy lead over fifth placed Manchester United, getting something out of the game will be the priority. That makes the odds of 11/10 offered by Bet365 on under 2.5 goals attractive, as the opening phase should be tight and offers the punter an opportunity to cash-out for a profit should the game open up later. We will also be looking to back under 11 corners at 4/6 with the same bookmaker to add more value to the bet.

Leicester City welcome Chelsea to the King Power Stadium to kick off the latest round of Premier League fixtures. Fans will be expecting an exciting clash as both teams look to consolidate their hold on a top four spot and look to get into next season’s Champions League. Can Leicester extend their lead over Chelsea to 11 points or will the Blues get to within five points come the end of the game?

Leicester come into this game in patchy form with the team winning just two of their last six games in all competitions. Back to back defeats against Southampton and Burnley saw them lose their grip on second place and they were dramatically knocked out of the EFL Cup by Aston Villa after a late strike from Trezeguet. It certainly isn’t a coincidence that their dip in form runs in parallel to a dip in goals for Jamie Vardy. The former England international is yet to get on the scoresheet in 2020 and a lack of goals from midfield will be concerning Brendan Rodgers who will want to finish strongly in order to attract the best players in the summer. The partnership with James Maddison was the key earlier in the season with the likes of Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez also chipping in, but the team has struggled creatively of late and the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho will be pushing to partner Vardy up front more often. Despite this, the Foxes are still 14 points ahead of fifth placed Manchester United and just three behind champions Manchester who occupy 2nd place.

Chelsea have also stuttered of late with a busy schedule and their transfer ban taking a toll on the players. The Blues have won just one of their last four Premier League games having drawn against lowly Brighton and then more recently losing 1-0 away at Newcastle and drawing 2-2 against Arsenal despite having a one man advantage for over 75 minutes. Frank Lampard will certainly rue that missed opportunity against their London rivals having led twice through Jorginho and then with Cesar Azpilicueta giving them a 2-1 lead in the 84th minute. But Arsenal seemed to play better with 10 men having pressed Chelsea into multiple mistakes and looking relatively comfortable for large portions of the game. A Hector Bellerin equaliser was the least the Gunners deserved and the dropped points means that the Blues are still looking over their shoulder at Manchester United.

In team news, Leicester City have reported no new injury concerns. Star striker Jamie Vardy came on as a suib against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup and got through without issues. He will be pushing for a starting berth on Saturday and it will be interesting to see if Brendan Rodgers plays him as a lone striker or pairs him up with Iheanacho. The Foxes however will remain without both Wes Morgan and Nampalys Mendy.

Chelsea will be sweating on the fitness of striker Tammy Abraham who has an ankle injury. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training but this game looks to have come too soon for the England international.

In recent years, these two have been very closely matched in the league, with neither dominating the other. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture which saw Mason Mount give the home side the lead only for Ndidi to rescue a point for the Foxes. In the 2018/19 season, Jamie Vardy scored the only game across both fixtures which shows how tightly contested these games have been.

Punter's Pick

Given the patchy form of both teams coming into this game, Leicester and Chelsea could both set out to ensure they don’t lose this fixture rather than being aggressive and going for the win. Recent history shows that the games have been very tight affairs with few goals being scored and as both have a healthy lead over fifth placed Manchester United, getting something out of the game will be the priority. That makes the odds of 11/10 offered by Bet365 on under 2.5 goals attractive, as the opening phase should be tight and offers the punter an opportunity to cash-out for a profit should the game open up later. We will also be looking to back under 11 corners at 4/6 with the same bookmaker to add more value to the bet.

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