King Power Stadium is the venue for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League fixture, as Chelsea will look to extend their lead at the top of the league. Both teams were held for a draw last time around. Can the Foxes hold off in-form Chelsea?
Leicester City’s season has been a mixed bag, with the Foxes struggling to show consistency. They have won just two of their previous eight fixtures in the Premier League. As a result, they are 12th in the league, with four wins, three draws, and four losses. The Foxes’ defensive record has been poor recently and has had a major impact on their form. They have conceded at least one goal in seven previous fixtures. Their negative goal difference of -2 further highlights their poor defensive record. Leicester City have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season. Brendan Rodgers has had to contend with injuries to his prominent starting eleven players as well, which could also have played a part in his sides’ defensive frailties. Wesley Fofana, Marc Albrighton, and Ryan Bertrand are set to remain sidelined for the match against Chelsea. James Justin has resumed training but remains doubtful to appear. Youri Tielemans could be in contention for this one. Jamie Vardy looks set to lead the lineup for his side.
In the previous game against Leeds, the Foxes were dominated in terms of xG. Leeds’ xG of 1.59 surpassed that of Leicester City’s 0.75. Jack Harrison had the highest xG, followed by Tielemans. Wilfred Ndidi made joint-highest recoveries in the opponent’s half while he won the highest number of duels. Tielemans delivered 10 passes into the final third.
Leicester City’s poor defensive record is further highlighted by their xGA of 20.59. Only two teams have higher xGA than the Foxes, bottom of the table Norwich City and Newcastle.
Chelsea are enjoying a fine start to the Premier League season and are strong title contenders. They have been dominant and steady throughout the new campaign. As a result, they sit at the top of the league with eight wins, two draws, and one loss in 11 matches. Chelsea’s defensive record this season is one of the best in Europe, with the Blues losing just two matches across all competitions so far. Although their main forward players, Lukaku and Werner, have been out with injury and have not made an appearance in the previous three league matches, the Blues have found ways to get around and have produced emphatic victories. Strong performances from Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Kai Havertz, and Callum Hudson-Odoi have aided the Blues in the absence of Lukaku and Werner. The Blues remain unbeaten in their away games in the Premier League this season. Romelu Lukaku has recovered from his injury and could be in contention while Timo Werner is nearing fitness, although he will remain sidelined for the match. Mason Mount has also joined the squad.
The Blues were held off to a frustrating draw in their recent clash against Burnley, just before the international break. Despite dominating in terms of the majority of attacking metrics, the Blues were unable to take three points at home.
Chelsea’s offensive record has also been brilliant this season in the league, in addition to their defensive record. They have scored the second-highest number of goals this season, and are averaging upwards of two goals per match.
Leicester City (4-1-4-1) – Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Soyuncu, Pereira; Ndidi; Tielemans, Soumare, Lookman, Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) – Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi; Havertz.
The Blues are favorites going into the match, but Leicester away would be a tough test for them. This will be a close encounter, with Chelsea edging out narrowly.