Leicester City vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction

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Leicester City vs Chelsea is a Premier League fixture that has the potential to change the current setup of the league table especially the arrangement of the top four. The game is scheduled to kick off at 21:15 today, January 19, at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Leicester are going into the game as the favorite to win because of their fantastic form in their last 10 games where the Brendan Rodgers’ men have recorded just a defeat in the hands of Everton on December 16. This means that for the past 33 days, the club has not lost any game in all competitions.

Leicester’s beautiful form has kept them rooted in the top four where they currently sit on the third spot with 35 points in 18 league games. So far this season, Brendan Rodgers and his boys have recorded 11 wins, two draws, and five defeats.

If Leicester City go into tonight’s game with the form they used to defeat Tottenham Hotspur on December 20 and draw 2-2 with Manchester United on December 26, Chelsea might be in for a serious problem tonight.

At the end of the Leicester City vs Chelsea game tonight, if Leicester manage to win, Brendan Rodgers and his boys would have a taste of the first spot on the league table once again. The win will give Leicester 38 points, a point more than the current first placed Manchester United.

However, Chelsea are not so easy to trample upon no matter the inconsistency they have suffered since mid-December. Recall that after Chelsea defeated Leeds United 3-1 on December 5, the London club found themselves at the top of the league table for a couple of days before they started their drop down the table.

Unfortunately for coach Frank Lampard and his boys, the club’s inconsistency has forced them to suffer four defeats in their last 9 games in all competitions. The poor run of games has brought them to the 7th spot on the league table with 29 points in 18 games.

Chelsea got so low on the league table after suffering a total of 5 defeats, 5 draws, and just 8 wins. This means that the club is condemned to win against Leicester to increase their chance of returning to the top four. But a win in tonight’s game will not be enough for Chelsea to return to a Champions League spot no matter the outcome of other league games.

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Leicester City vs Chelsea: Team News

Leicester City vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction
Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.

Brendan Rodgers will be going into tonight’s game with the full complement of his first-team players. However, the main injury scare for Leicester City has been the club’s talisman Jamie Vardy. But the club’s coach has revealed that Vardy should be fit enough to start in the important fixture.

Recall that Vardy limped off in the last few minutes of the Leicester City league match against Southampton but that might be nothing to worry about as far as Leicester City vs Chelsea game is concerned.

On the other hand, Frank Lampard will not be without his first-choice midfielder N’Golo Kante who is currently nursing a hamstring injury. But the good news is that Chelsea defenders Reece James and Andreas Christensen are available for tonight’s game.

The only player in Chelsea’s fold that is not likely to start tonight’s game apart from Kante is Christian Pulisic because he has just recovered from an injury but he might likely join the action from the bench.

Leicester City probable starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

Chelsea probable starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Gilmour, Kovacic, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Prediction: Leicester City 1 – Chelsea 0

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