There was a success for England during their international break as the Three Lions booked their seat at the World Cup in Qatar which begins in November. Until then, let’s get back to league action and now we have an uninterrupted Premier League campaign to look forward to between now and the end of the year.
The holiday season is always crucial in deciding which team wins the league or finishes in the top four, but there is some work to be done in the coming weeks before we get into this. Pair Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium this weekend in a match that you can watch live on television from 12:30 GMT on Saturday.
The home side narrowly missed a top-four finish and UEFA Champions League involvement, but struggled to match last season’s standards in early exchanges this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ team enters the weekend in the lower half of the table and now hosts an opponent who is flying high to the top of the table. Chelsea are looking for a win that gives them a six-point lead over their rivals. Will they reach him?
The Foxes and the Blues met three times last season in the league and cup. Leicester won two of the three with the reserve final in a narrow victory for Chelsea.
The last meeting took place at Stamford Bridge in May as Chelsea secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Rudiger and Jorginho before Iheanacho provided consolation for the losing side. Statistics show that it was the first match that both teams scored in four games and another 90 minutes of tension await the teams.
Foxes lack consistency
Leicester are a side usually known for their consistency and ability to make long unbeaten runs under Rodgers, but that hasn’t been the case this season. The team returns from the national break stuck in the lower half of the division, sitting closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League seats.
There is still a lot of football to play this season, and the Foxes have the players in their pool, and the manager needed to help them climb the ladder, but fans will want to see the comeback begin soon. The home team are 12th in the league but could jump over Manchester United in the top six with a win at King Power in this early afternoon kick-off.
Leicester have won four games, drawn three and lost four to date, scoring 16 goals but conceding 18. They have conceded more goals against them than Burnley were third from the bottom of the table and stuck in the relegation zone with the threat of losing their Premier League membership.
This is something Rodgers and his behind-the-scenes staff have to tackle and would be working on during the national team break. A tight defense often makes the difference between a mid-table team and one that is aiming for a European goal.
Followers watched as their beloved team struggled to nail consistency in their first 11 games of the season. The last five are made up of two wins, two draws and one defeat, but in the last two games they have remained winless, taking one point of the six available.
Improvements are needed and the fans flocking to King Power Stadium will demand much better from every player on the pitch.
The blues fly high
Chelsea entered this season as Champions League winners and wanted to add the Premier League title to their trophy haul. The Blues have not been a force in England in terms of fighting for the trophy in just a few seasons, as Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated, but that may be on the verge of changing.
The famous West London club is throwing themselves into this match at the top of the Premier League table and among the favorites with many experienced and former players to maintain their position and win the trophy. Chelsea got off to a good start. The pressure is now to keep their great shape and finish the year on top.
The form of the London team shows that they have eight wins, two draws and one defeat with 27 goals scored and four conceded. It is no surprise to see that they are in first place at Chelsea and have the best defense in the league. They are hard to take down, organized, and gamers are willing to put their bodies at the forefront of the cause.
Everything is built on a solid bottom line, and that has been the secret of their success. If they want to win away from home on Saturday, they’ll need that strong defensive line to be at their best again.
Despite winning four and drawing one of their last five games, scoring 13 points out of the 15 available, the reserve level milestone came in their most recent start. The leaders were forced into a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, a game they were expected to win by a comfortable margin.
Havertz gave Chelsea the lead in the 33rd minute and fans of both sides thought the doors would open. That was not the case and, despite Chelsea creating many chances in the second half, it was Vydra who found the net, scoring a draw towards the end to save a point for the struggling Clarets.
The hosts are under pressure after their recent bout of unhappy form – they will be well aware of the dangers Chelsea poses and what another home defeat could do to their chances of finishing in European places, but they will also be aware of what Burnley He obtained.
Chelsea are good offensive and strong defensive side, but they are not unbeatable either. If Leicester is at their best, they have a chance.
Anyone linked to the leaders will be disappointed to have lost two points at home to modest Burnley and will want to see an improvement.
They will demand that the team quickly revert to winning ways and put on a show in the process. If they were wearing their shooting shoes, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Chelsea win this match and impress the global television audience.
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Leicester is 4.6 out of 22bet to win this match with Chelsea 1.768 and draw 3.7.
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