Leicester City vs Chelsea betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Leicester vs Chelsea prediction: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

It’s third against fourth in the Premier League although you wouldn’t think that to be the case based on current form.

Back on 18 August at Stamford Bridge, these two played out a 1-1 draw; Wilfred Ndidi’s header cancelling out Mason Mount’s early strike.

Since then, both have racked up a lot of wins which is why they’re both in pole position for Champions League football next season.

Who will win, what should be, an entertaining affair at the King Power?

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Leicester City vs Chelsea: Who will win?

Hosts Leicester City are slight favourites to win this game at 6/4.

Chelsea are only marginally the underdogs at 13/8.

A draw therefore is 13/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 1/2.

Leicester to win and over 2.5 goals is 5/2.

Leicester to win and both teams to score is 3/1.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy remains the Premier League’s top scorer this season. He is 10/3 to open the scoring and 11/10 to add to his tally.

Kelechi Ịheanachọ has also been amongst the goals of late. The Nigerian is 4/1 to score first and 11/8 to score yet again.

Tammy Abraham could start up front for Chelsea. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 6/5 to score anytime.

Callum Hudson-Odoi will also be a threat. He is 9/1 to score first and 16/5 to score in 90 minutes.

Both Ayoze Pérez and Vardy to score is 7/1.

Both Harvey Barnes and James Maddison to score is 33/1.

Both Hudson-Odoi and Abraham to score is 17/2.

Both Jorginho and Willian to score is 25/1.

Leicester City vs Chelsea: Match preview

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü of Leicester City after their sides 3-1 win during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

A bitterly disappointing night for Leicester City.

On Tuesday night, the Foxes were at Villa Park for their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with the tie on a knife edge after the first leg finished 1-1.

However, it was Aston Villa who took the lead after just 12 minutes.

But, just as he did in the first leg, Kelechi Ịheanachọ equalised with around 15 minutes to go.

The Nigerian had seemingly forced a penalty shootout but, in the 93rd minute, Villa won it to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

A gut-wrenching way to lose a semi-final.

However, there is still a lot to play for.

Last weekend, Leicester kept their FA Cup dreams alive by beating Brentford 1-0; Ịheanachọ the scorer there too.

The Foxes will now host Birmingham City or Coventry City in the fifth round.

In the Premier League, they are odds on for a top four finish.

In their last league outing ten days ago, goals from Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira and a late brace from Ayoze Pérez saw them easily beat West Ham 4-1.

That was a much needed victory as they had lost lost four of their previous six  games before that.

That is only one fewer than they lost in their first 27 league games under Brendan Rodgers.

Nevertheless, the Foxes are third, eight points above their visitors and 14 clear of fifth placed Manchester United.

Scoring goals has certainly not been a problem for them so far.

In fact, their tally of 52 league goals is the most they’ve netted after 24 games of a top-flight campaign since 1930-31, when they’d also scored 52.

Will they have too much for Chelsea?

Will Chelsea leave Leicester victorious?

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

As for the Blues, they are somewhat stumbling towards a top four finish.

Last time out in the league against Arsenal they were left bitterly disappointed.

In the 27th minute, the Gunners had David Luiz sent off with Jorginho scoring from the resulting penalty.

However, Frank Lampard’s side could not kill Arsenal off and the visitors equalised just after the hour mark.

Then, in the 84th minute, Chelsea had surely won it when captain César Azpilicueta converted from close-range.

But, some more slack defending saw Arsenal equalise once more meaning they left the Bridge with a point despite playing well over an hour with one man less.

Chelsea have now lost more points from winning positions against Arsenal in the Premier League than against any other side in the competition, 33.

A draw that felt like a defeat.

Chelsea have actually only won four of their last 12 league games, losing to West Ham, Everton, Bournemouth, Southampton and Newcastle in that time.

Despite this, they still boast a big cushion over fifth but can’t afford for this run to continue.

Like Leicester, they’re also in the FA Cup following an away win over Championship opposition.

Seven days ago, goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori saw them, just about, beat Hull City 2-1.

Awaiting them in March’s fifth round is a home match with either Liverpool or Shrewsbury Town.

First though, they’ll be looking to cement a top four spot and would do just that if they could beat the side one place above them.

Leicester City team news vs Chelsea

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Despite defeat on Tuesday, Brendan Rodgers certainly won’t ring the changes.

Kasper Schmeichel sat out last weekend’s FA Cup tie but will keep his place in goal.

He’s kept the joint-most Premier League clean sheets this season with eight.

The defence in front of him will remain unchanged too.

Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan and James Justin started in place of Ben Chilwell, Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira at Brentford.

Çağlar Söyüncü will be the only defender to have started all three games this week.

In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi’s return from injury is a massive boost.

He’ll continue to anchor the team behind James Maddison and Youri Tielemans.

Hamza Choudhury and Dennis Praet will be on the bench; Nampalys Mendy is injured.

Out-wide, Harvey Barnes has now scored in consecutive Premier League matches for the first time as a Leicester City player.

He has also matched his 2019 goal total this year with two.

Thus, he will keep his place with Ayoze Pérez on the other flank; Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton will remain on the bench.

Up front, Jamie Vardy returned from a glute injury off the bench at Villa Park and is expected to be fit enough to start here.

So, despite scoring six goals since 1 December Kelechi Ịheanachọ could be moved to the bench.

Will the Foxes beat the Blues?

Chelsea team news vs Leicester City

LILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 02, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard made nine changes at the KCOM Stadium but the usual suspects will be back in for this one.

Chelsea have conceded goals from 16% of shots faced this season in the Premier League; no side have conceded a higher proportion in the competition during a single season since records began in 2003/04.

Given this, Kepa Arrizabalaga has come in for a lot of criticism but he will return with Willy Caballero back on the bench.

In defence, three of the back four was changed at Hull with only César Azpilicueta keeping his place.

The captain is guaranteed to start again with Reece James injured.

The rest of the defence will be the same as it was against Arsenal.

Thus, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rüdiger and Emerson Palmieri will return at the expense of Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Marcos Alonso.

In midfield, Mateo Kovačić was magnificent up at Hull.

He’s likely to be rejoined by Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté with out of form Mason Mount and out of favour Ross Barkley coming out.

In attack, Lampard could have some selection headaches.

Christian Pulisic is injured but could be back for their next match which is at home to Manchester United.

So, without the American, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be out-wide; Pedro and the latter started last weekend.

Through the middle, top goalsocrer Tammy Abraham is a major doubt after sustaining an ankle injury in the draw against Arsenal.

So, Michy Batshuayi could be asked to deputise.

His goal at Hull means the Belgian has been directly involved in 18 goals in his 18 English domestic cup starts, scoring 15 and assisting three.

Can he stake a claim for a more regular spot with a goal here?

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Chelsea

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Chelsea.

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Leicester City.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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2Manchester City35233991345772
3Chelsea FC351861163491460
4Leicester City351781065362959
5Manchester United351611861352659
6Wolverhampton Wanderers351413848371155
7Sheffield United35141293833554
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9Arsenal FC35121495144750
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16West Ham United3597194459-1534
17Watford FC35810173354-2134
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19Aston Villa3586213865-2730
20Norwich City3556242667-4121
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