Leicester City vs. Chelsea Preview
Where: King Power Stadium – Leicester, England
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 AM ET
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Betting on Leicester City (+330)
Leicester City have had a difficult start to the season. They’ve lost two of their first three games, although those two were away to Arsenal and Manchester United. Their lone win came at home against recently-promoted Brighton.
The Foxes managed to hold onto Riyad Mahrez despite his desire to leave. The tricky winger has had a strong start to the year. He’s already had two assists in his first three games. However, they lost key midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who they could face immediately as he visits with his new club Chelsea.
And to make matters worse, Leicester’s supposed replacement for Drinkwater in midfield, Adrien Silva, has not been cleared to play after his registration was submitted late. Leicester will now have to field the combination of Matthew James and Wilfred Ndidi, a workmanlike duo but lacking in sufficient quality.
Leicester lost 3-0 to Chelsea in this fixture last season. But overall, they had a strong record at the King Power Stadium. They won 10 of their 12 games on home soil, with 31 goals scored and 25 conceded.
Betting on Chelsea (-140)
Chelsea’s shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley has quickly become just a memory. The Blues bounced back from that opening game setback with impressive wins over Tottenham and Everton.
Striker Alvaro Morata has been in outstanding form to begin his Chelsea career. He has two goals and two assists in his first three games. He then carried over that fine form with three more goals in two games while on international duty with Spain.
Fellow Spaniard Marcos Alonso has also started the season strongly. The left-back had a Man of the Match performance with two goals against Tottenham. Alonso also bagged a brace the last time he visited the King Power Stadium.
Star winger Eden Hazard is back in training after missing the first three seasons due to injury, but he likely won’t be risked unless they really need it.
Judging from history, they probably won’t. Chelsea have simply owned Leicester through the years. They beat the Foxes 3-0 in both meetings last season, and have won 11 of their last 13 meetings in all competitions.
Chelsea (-140) continue their domination of Leicester as they pick up a 2-0 away win.
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