Leicester v Chelsea Betting Preview – Premier League 14th January 5.30pm
The Foxes haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory in their title defence this season in the top flight. The Foxes have collected just the one league win in their last five and they have lost three of their last four at home against Chelsea as well. The Blues will want to send out a strong message to the rest of the title challengers by snapping back immediately from their defeat against Tottenham last time out in the league? Can the Blues get over having had their 13-match winning streak snapped. This is a big test of character for Antonio Conte’s champions elect.
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Leicester v Chelsea Betting Tips
The rest of January could be tough going for the Foxes as they have seen influential figures in Islam Slimani, Daniel Amartey and Riyad Mahrez go off to the Africa Cup of Nations. So they are going to have to muddle through the losses and the Foxes aren’t exactly running in top form. They have gone W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and there has been just the two league wins for them in their last eleven played now. However, both of those wins did come at the King Power and both came in their last three fixtures there in the top flight. The most memorable one was the 4-2 win they posted over Manchester City, so just a little caution is going to be needed by the visiting Blues. Leicester’s home record this term is W5 D3 L2 and both defeats suffered one home soil (against Everton and West Brom) the Foxes shipped exactly two goals in. Over 2.5 goals with William Hill 17/20 looks value for this game looks value. Leicester have faced Chelsea twice this season already, once in the league and once in the EFL Cup and both fixture have gone over the 2.5 goals line as well as four of the last five meetings having done so.
Leicester are not running with good form against Chelsea in the Premier League, but they did win the corresponding fixture from last season. The Foxes have taken one win in their last nine against Chelsea in the Premier League (D1 L7). Interestingly, Claudio Ranieri has a lower win percentage with Leicester than he did in his league career with the Blues. Leicester have been surviving only on their home form, because their away form has been shocking this season. In total, 18 of the 21 points that they have amassed this season have come at the King Power so that still does make them a tricky home side to take down. With Slimani gone, Jamie Vardy is going to need to up his game and Vardy is a 12/5 poke in the anytime goalscorer market. Both teams to score in his one can be baked at a price of 10/11 and that has happened in four of the last five meetings between these two. Can the Foxes pull off what would still be a shock win if they collected all three points in this one?
Chelsae were comfortable in a 3-0 win over Leicester when the two met at Stamford Bridge in the league back in October last year. Now, they have to fire up a response to having had their 13 match winning streak in the league ended by Spurs last time out. So a good test of Chelsea’s mettle out on the road because of that. Three of Chelsea’s last four wins out one the road have been by a 1-0 scoreline only and a Chelsea 1-0 correct score at William Hill is a price of 13/2. That would be good enough for the Blues. Diego Costa is 3/1 first goalscorer favorite and he has form against Leicester with two goals in three previous Premier League appearances against him. Chelsea have not beaten the reigning Premier League champion twice in the same season since 2009/10, a season in which they ended up lifting the trophy. Last month they took six league wins, which is one more than what Leicester have managed all season. They have won three of their last four trips to Leicester in the league and despite their setback against Spurs may take some stopping.
Leicester v Chelsea Betting Odds
Chelsea 4/7, Draw 11/4, Leicester 5/1
Leicester v Chelsea Predictions
Chelsea should just have enough to get over the line in this one. There is bound to be a little bit of nerves in them in dealing with the pressure of having had their winning streak snapped. But with Leicester missing key personnel in this one in, the Blues should be able to edge their way over the line to another three points. A two goal winning margin, which has happened in their last two wins at Leicester would be a bold punt to have a crack at.