Chelsea vs Leicester
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 22 December 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Chelsea needed a late Eden Hazard goal midweek, but they still beat Bournemouth at home, in a League Cup match, qualifying for the next round. The Belgian star had scored three days earlier as well, in the Blues’ 1-2 victory at Brighton. Chelsea are 4th in the Premier League table, on 37 points. Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Azpilicueta, Willian, Kante, Kovacic, Jorginho, Hazard and Pedro, these are expected to be the first 11. Morata, Cahill and Moses are dealing with injury problems. Premier League, League Cup, and Europa League combined, Chelsea have four wins in a row at home, without having conceded a single goal in those four matches. Actually, they have kept a clean sheet in five consecutive games as hosts, as they had drawn 0-0 with Everton before their four back-to-back victories.
Leicester almost produced a big surprise in the League Cup midweek, hosting Manchester City. They went 0-1 down early, but they equalized in the 73rd minute. In the penalty shootout, Pep Guardiola’s players did better, and eliminated Leicester. Marc Albrighton’s goal midweek was Leicester’s first in three matches. They lost their last two in the Premier League without scoring, against Tottenham (at home) and Crystal Palace (away). Twenty-two points have them 12th in the table. Schmeichel, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Pereira, Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray and Vardy should be the first 11. On the other hand, James and Amartey are injured, unavailable. Leicester have lost just one of their last four away games, the most recent one, at Crystal Palace, a week ago.
Previous five matches:
Chelsea vs Bournemouth 1-0
Brighton vs Chelsea 1-2
MOL Vidi vs Chelsea 2-2
Chelsea vs Manchester City 2-0
Wolves vs Chelsea 2-1
Leicester vs Manchester City 1-1
Crystal Palace vs Leicester 1-0
Leicester vs Tottenham 0-2
Fulham vs Leicester 1-1
Leicester vs Watford 2-0
Chelsea’s next game is at Watford, on Wednesday. Same day, Leicester will be hosting Manchester City (both Premier League matches).
Chelsea vs Leicester: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Chelsea and two draws in the last five games between these two at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Leicester: Prediction
Chelsea should win, simple as that.
Chelsea vs Leicester: Betting Tips
The hosts’ victory pays just 1.33. Leicester have scored in five of their last six away games, but none of those six rivals had Chelsea’s defensive record (no goal conceded in their last five home matches). “Chelsea to win and keep a clean sheet” is at 2.05, worth the risk, I reckon.