Leicester City vs Chelsea: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Chelsea will be seeking to continue their climb up the table against Leicester, having beaten the Foxes in their past three meetings. Now, the Blues will have Danny Drinkwater on their side too when the two teams meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternooon.
Leicester have had a tough start to the season, facing three of last season’s top six in their first four league games. They almost held Arsenal only for a late comeback from the Gunners, whilst Manchester United eventually found a way through then ran riot to win 2-0 last time out. A win over Brighton will give some hope.
Chelsea finally seem to have finished their warm up and their destruction of Everton last weekend to follow up on a comprehensive win over Tottenham will see their confidence high as they travel to the midlands despite a poor opening day defeat to Burnley.
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Leicester may not have picked up an ideal result at Old Trafford, but with few options to choose from and having been defensively strong for much of the tie, there could be just one change. Onyinye Ndidi could come in to replace Nampalys Mendy after his move to Nice.
Chelsea could name an unchanged line-up after they thrashed Everton last weekend. Eden Hazard may have to settle for a role on the bench whilst Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater will hope to apply pressure to Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park.
Harry Maguire may be a doubt with a knee problem picked up with England but is likely to overcome it in time to feature, but Vicente Iborra is unlikely to be involved with a groin concern.
Eden Hazard could take up a place on the bench after featuring for Belgium against both Gibraltar and Greece in World Cup qualifiers. Danny Drinkwater could make his debut against his former side, but is unlikely to start given that he is yet to play a minute of competitive football this season. This will be the final game of Gary Cahill’s three match ban after a sending off on the opening day.
Match prediction: Leicester City 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea are on a roll and their quality should see them through. The Foxes’ defensive strength may keep the score down, but they’d do well to take anything from the game at all.