Premier League Champions Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge to face Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
The foxes are yet to really get their season up and running and coming off the back of successive 4-1 away league defeats to Liverpool and Man United, it is crucial that they take something from this game. Chelsea, having started the season strongly have since wilted, with only one win in their last 4 league outings. These two have already met in the EFL Cup this season, Chelsea came out on top of a six-goal thriller at the King Power.
The hosts could be bolstered in defence by the return of Captain John Terry who has been out for a month with an ankle injury. However, they will be without Willian for this encounter, the winger has been granted compassionate leave. For the visitors, the only team selection woes are in the central midfield position. Summer signing Nampalys Mendy is ruled out through injury and Danny Drinkwater is a doubt, the latter missed England’s recent World Cup qualifiers with a minor groin strain.
Leicester may have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen, hoping to continue their perfect record in their European debut season. Chelsea, as much as they would like to, don’t have this distraction.
The Champions’ last victory at Stamford Bridge cam in September 2000, incidentally Claudio Ranieri took the manager’s job at Chelsea the following day. This fixture last season saw the blues hand over their title crown to Leicester through a guard of honour on the last day, the game in truth was meaningless.
Though it is still early days, Chelsea will need to stay in touch with leading pack; this is a good weekend for them to make up ground with 4 of the 6 teams above them playing against each other. For Leicester, their main focus is probably the Champions League seeing as they may not be in it for a long time, but they need to find some points if they’re going to avoid mounting the worst Premier League title defence ever (taking over from Chelsea last season).
The lack of the depth in the midfield department could cost Leicester dearly in this fixture, and with last season’s engine N’Golo Kante now plying his trade in West London, things will be made even more difficult for the visiting side. Both teams could really do with some points but I would expect Chelsea to come out with all 3 tomorrow lunchtime.