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Leicester City V Chelsea
Wednesday 29th April. 7:45PM. Sky Sports 1
Wednesday’s Premier League offering sees champions elect Chelsea head to a resurgent Leicester City in what should be a thrilling showdown at the King Power stadium.
A win for the Foxes could be crucial to their bid to stave off relegation, whilst the visitors are looking to edge ever closer towards their first league title since the return of Jose Mourinho.
Expect a ferocious battle.
Foxes Fighting For Survival
Just a few short weeks ago, Nigel Pearson’s men looked destined for an instant return to Championship football. However, a miraculous run of four straight victories has dragged the Foxes out of the mire and towards safety. Could they produce the unthinkable by claiming a fifth consecutive win against the imminent champions?
The King Power crowd will certainly hope so and the vocal home fans are sure to encourage their heroes throughout. Confidence is high, especially after registering back-to-back clean sheets and the Foxes will also be hoping to catch the visitors off guard, especially as Mourinho’s men could be vulnerable to thinking their title has already been wrapped up.[quote_right]Leicester have conceded more goals in the first half of PL games this season (27) than Chelsea have overall in 2014-15 (26).[/quote_right]Leicester have already stunned Manchester United by netting five against the Red Devils earlier in the campaign and Pearson’s side will look to channel that quality once again here. With David Nugent, Leonardo Ulloa and Andrej Kramaric all offering attacking threat, the leaders will certainly need to be at their best.
The Foxes have nothing to lose here and won’t be expected to cause a shock. However, we know they will fight to the very end – maybe, just maybe, they can take another giant leap towards Premier League survival.
Chelsea Easing Towards Finish Line[quote_right]Back Chelsea at a huge 3/4 with Bet365 to take 3 pts at Leicester[/quote_right]A defensive masterclass at the Emirate on Sunday has seen the title favourites become near certainties for the Premier League crown. Jose Mourinho’s men could in fact seal their first win in five years this weekend but must first claim three points at the King Power, which should serve as a huge incentive for the visitors.
Chelsea have easily been the best team this season, demonstrating their knack of winning games both ugly and in style. Tactical dexterity has helped Mourinho’s men overcome most opponents and that should see them prevail here.
The quality of Chelsea’s star-studded squad was underlined by the inclusion of six Blues players in this season’s Team of the Year, whilst Eden Hazard also scooped the individual Player of the Year award. It has been a truly memorable campaign for the west London club and they will be heavily fancied to claim the points against a side they beat 2-0 at Stamford Bridge back in August.
Chelsea have lost just one league game all season and will be eager to ensure that isn’t doubled by the Foxes. If they do win, it could be a huge party at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Leicester City V Chelsea Betting
Leicester might enter this clash on the back of four straight wins but it’s the visitors who are priced 4/6 favourites with Bet365. If you do fancy the Foxes, though, they can be backed at 19/4 whilst the draw is available at 3/1.
As impressive as the Foxes have been lately, we just can’t see anything other than an away win. Avoiding defeat at Arsenal was seemingly Chelsea’s final hurdle en route to the title and it should be plain sailing from here on in.
It has been 11 league matches since Chelsea last won a game by more than one goal, which is a run we think will end on Wednesday night. Leicester are a spirited side but the huge gulf in quality should shine through, especially if Diego Costa returns from his hamstring problems.
Chelsea -1 handicap @ 9/5 with Coral
Whichever players are selected as Chelsea’s starting XI, Mourinho’s midfield should experience plenty of joy against an inferior Foxes.
With Oscar expected to miss out, Juan Cuadrado could be offered a chance to shine. The January signing has performed well since joining the Blues and could get the party started at the King Power by netting his first Premier League strike.
Juan Cuadrado to score first @ 10/1 with Ladbrokes