Leicester City vs Chelsea prediction, playing XI, team news and more | Premier League 2019-20
FrankLampard’s Chelsea will travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, in an encounter that can have long-term implications on both the team’s hopes of securing Champions League football for next season.
The Blues and the Foxes are placed perilously close in the Premier League at the fourth and the third spot respectively, and 3 points for either side is going to be pivotal for not only their respective seasons but also their confidence and form heading into the business end of the season.
A win for Chelsea would bring them to within five points of Leicester, whilst a win for the latter would take them 11 clear of the Blues and help them consolidate their stranglehold on third place in the Premier League standings.
Whilst the Stamford Bridge side come into this game on the back of a 2-1 victory away to Hull City in the FA Cup, Rodgers’ side suffered a heartbreaking exit from the Carabao Cup after losing to Aston Villa in the semi-final, courtesy of Trezeguet’s goal in the dying stages of the tie.
However, one massive positive for the Foxes will be the return of their talismanic striker Jamie Vardy, whose glute twinge isn’t as serious as it was thought to be initially. Vardy made an appearance as a second-half substitute against Villa and is expected to start the game at the King Power on Saturday.
Contrastingly enough, Chelsea’s main goalscoring threat this season, Tammy Abraham, is an injury concern for this game, after suffering a knock to the ankle against Arsenal and also missed the Blues’ victory against Hull. As of now, his participation in Saturday’s encounter is uncertain, although Lampard will be hoping that the 22-year-old recovers in time to lead the line against Leicester.
Chelsea’s main issue right through the campaign has been the lack of an alternative in the goal-scoring department, with Abraham shouldering the majority of the responsibility to put the ball into the back of the net.
Their pursuit for a striking option in January hasn’t yielded any positive results, and the Blues continue scrapping around to secure a last-minute acquisition that can breathe some new life into their faltering attack.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Head to Head
Leicester City won: 26
Chelsea won: 56
Matches drawn: 33
Leicester City vs Chelsea Form Guide
Last 5 matches (all competitions)