Chelsea vs Leicester Premier League Predictions

Premier League Chelsea vs Leicester
Chelsea vs Leicester Premier League

Sunday August 18th, 11:30 am

After disappointing opening games for both of these sides, a win is imperative for both the Blues and the Foxes. Although, with Chelsea losing their first game under Frank Lampard 4-0, you could argue they need the win more.

Predictions

Given the change that has happened in London with Chelsea this past offseason, you feel like Lampard will be given time to make this team his own, but after their drubbing against Man United, this game becomes even more important.

Leicester could only manage a 0-0 draw against Wolves in a game that was focused on primarily due to the VAR controversy for the Wolves ‘goal.’ If they plan on breaking in to the top six this season, this would be the perfect game to make a big statement.

Chelsea are aiming to put that defeat at Old Trafford behind them and start fresh with this game in front of their own fans, but will there be pressure from the Chelsea faithful to get three points on the board?

Leicester’s fresh attack of Jamie Vardy flanked by James Maddison and Ayoze Perez could cause Chelsea some major problems, with their defence failing to deal with pace against Man United.

Or will this be the game where Chelsea’s younger players step up to the plate? Tammy Abraham was bullied by Harry Maguire last time out and Mason Mount needs to add a bit of end product to his game, but this might be their best chance to show their talents.

It’s tough to call a clear favourite for this game, so it may be safer to side with a draw. Both teams have quality up front but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them concede, so a 1-1 or 2-2 draw might be a good bet to go with.

Betting Tips

Neither side are really favourites for this clash so a draw maybe the smart option to go with, while it is also highly likely that both teams will score. Chelsea may be able to feed off of their fans, but a score draw is perhaps the smartest bet from this round of Premier League action.

These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, due to the results earlier this week. Home advantage could significantly shift the momentum in this game towards Chelsea but Leicester have no fear, so they won’t be overawed by the match, and the scoreline being in Chelsea’s favour at the break before Leicester clawing it back for a point in the second half is a likely outcome.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two have played each other 114 times, with Chelsea winning 56 times, Leicester winning 26 times and a draw being played out 32 times.

Stats

  • The first time these sides met was back in 1905 when Chelsea beat Leicester 1-0 in the old Second Division in front of a reported crowd of 7,000 in attendance.
  • Leicester’s first win at Stamford Bridge came in 1960 when they beat the Blues 3-1, with the Gordon Banks-led Foxes beating a Chelsea side containing Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables.
  • The last meeting between the two sides came earlier this year when a thrilling 0-0 game was played towards the end of the season. The first meeting of last season resulted in a 1-0 Leicester win, their first at the Bridge since 2000.
  • They won that 2000 game 2-0 with goals from Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore, beating a star studded Chelsea line up containing the likes of Marcel Desailly, Gianfranco Zola and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

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