The Barclays Premier League this season has been entertaining its fans not only on the weekend but also on Monday nights. This week, a crunch tie between a top of the table team and a team in the bottom half has attracted more attention than it usually does. Leicester City at top end of the table will face a Chelsea side that is just a point above the relegation zone at the moment.

Mourinho will be devastated with the team’s performances this season and will face a stern test when they face the Foxes who have been playing some sparkling football. They beat Swansea 3-0 in their last encounter and will hope to do something similar to the Blues on Monday. Here is the preview of the game along with the Team News, Predictions, Expected Line-ups and Betting Odds.

The Leicester City vs Chelsea match will be played on Monday the 14th of December at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. The kick off is scheduled at 8:00 pm BST (1:30 am IST on Tuesday)

Team News:

Claudio Ranieri has been fortunate to not pick up too many injuries in the busy Premier League season. He has no cup competitions to distract him and will put his entire focus on the domestic league. He has just two causalities for this game against Chelsea. De Laet and Matty James are not available for this game and are expected to return at the turn of the year. The manager is expected to field the same XI that beat Swansea in the last game.

Mourinho will be happy to not have any fresh injury concerns in the recent weeks. Gary Cahill and Falcao are near fully fit and may take part in this game. He played a relatively strong squad in the defeat against Bournemouth and it is expected that he might tweak a thing or two in his final squad. This will be an important game for the Blues as another loss can see them tantalizngly close to the relegation zone.

 

Expected Line-ups:

Leicester City:

Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy. 

Key Battles:

Chelsea:

Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

Costa vs Huth:

Huth has been instrumental in Leicester rise to the top this season. He has been exceptional at the back dealing with the threat of most of the strikers in the Premier League. He will be up against a physical Diego Costa and it will be interesting to see how he copes with Costa’s game on Monday.

Vardy vs Terry:

The experienced defender for Chelsea will be expected to keep the likes of Jamie Vardy at bay but the form in which the striker is. It will be hard to keep him quite. Vardy scored in 11 consecutive games before the last game and will hope to get back onto the score card after missing out against Swansea. This will be an interesting battle at the back for Chelsea and can determine the outcome of the game.

Betting Odds:

Leicester City: 9/4

Draw: 5/2

Chelsea: 13/10

Prediction:

Chelsea are a team that are low on confidence and are just not able to string two results together. They have an incredibly strong squad which can beat any team on a given day. It will be important for the Blues to bounce back with a result else they may well forget all aspirations of playing in Europe next season. The home team on the other hand will be hoping to get all three points from this game and sink Chelsea deeper.

Our Prediction:

Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea

 

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