Thomas Tuchel’s men have been firing on all cylinders this season and after 10 matches they had only dropped points to Liverpool and Man City, though they were frustrated by Burnley in a 1-1 draw just prior to the international break and will be determined to not let any more points slip here.
It’s not been the start of the season Brendan Rogers will have wanted from his Leicester side, especially with how poorly Man United have been playing which, in theory, should give them a better chance of securing that fourth spot that has agonisingly eluded them under his reign so far.
The Foxes currently sit down in 12th having suffered defeat to Arsenal in their last outing, meaning they’ve lost all three of their matches so far against sides currently occupying top-five positions, scoring just once in the process.
Chelsea are arguably the best defensive outfit in world football at the moment, with no side in Europe’s top five leagues conceding fewer than their four goals so far this campaign (although Napoli have matched their tally despite playing a game more).
Despite fans returning to stadiums theoretically bringing the home advantage back into play, there has been a balanced 40 home and 40 away wins so far in the league this season, and Chelsea have been one of those sides that have been more impressive on the road this year, winning four of their five outings, drawing only at Anfield as that Mo Salah penalty is the one goal they’ve conceded on the road.
In fact, the London side have only lost once away league game under Tuchel, with that coming at Villa Park on the final day of last season.
Chelsea To Win
Leicester came out on top in this fixture last season with a 2-0 win, which ended up being Frank Lampard’s last away league game in charge of the Blues, and that highlights the success that the Foxes have had in this matchup in recent years.
Indeed, Chelsea’s 2-1 home win in May was the first league win they’d managed over the foxes in six games, while they also lost last year’s FA Cup semi final to the Midlands side so this is far from a foregone conclusion.
Much of Leicester’s success in front of goal comes through getting their pacey forwards in behind defences, though with a back three containing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, the visitors should be able to nullify that threat and take control of this game.
After the two prior international breaks this season, Chelsea have won to nil against Aston Villa and Brentford, though the former was one of their worst performances of the season while if it weren’t for the heroics of Edouard Mendy against the Bees that would have been an entirely different result.
Leicester have gone W1-L1 after international breaks this year against the Manchester clubs, which doesn’t give us a great indication.
The kicker here though is the respective home and away form, with Leicester only managing one win from their last seven outings at the Kingpower in all competitions and while the break may come as a needed rest for some, four games without a win now is not the form you want to be coming up against Chelsea with, and an away win looks on the cards.
CHELSEA TO WIN