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EPL Prediction: Chelsea look to halt Leicester City’s progress

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction:Chelsea play well, but Leicester City can come up with a goal against them at sometime towards the second half. It is difficult to defeat Chelsea. All Leicester can manage perhaps is a Draw, which is our second preference at a distance. We go with an attacking Chelsea. Our prediction is strictly subjected to the start time of the match; 20.00 GMT.[/box]
Photo Courtesy: Standard.co.uk
Photo Courtesy: Standard.co.uk

Chelsea and Leicester City take on each other at the King Power stadium as both sides look to win this game for very different reasons.

At exactly the same stage last season, the Blues were comfortably sitting at the top of the EPL table, while the Foxes found themselves rock-bottom.

However, this season, the positions of these two clubs in the table have been reversed, with Leicester City currently on top and Chelsea finding themselves close to the bottom.

Chelsea

Nobody could have predicted that Chelsea, who won the EPL title so convincingly in 2014/15, would be just a few of points above relegation at the midway stage this season.

While the Blues only lost a total of three EPL games in 2014/15, they have already suffered eight defeats after only 15 games this season.

Chelsea’s attack as well as defence have been way below par this season, with the West London outfits scoring only 17 and conceding 24 goals so far.

After losing three games on the trot against West Ham (1-2), Liverpool (1-3) and Stoke City (0-1), Chelsea improved a little in November as they picked up four points from next two league two games, following a win and a draw against Norwich City (1-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (0-0) respectively.

However, just when Chelsea seemed to be reviving their lost form, they suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. The defeat seemed particularly cruel considering the fact that the Blues had dominated the game, and the Cherries’ winner was clearly offside.

Although, the Blues are not the favourites to beat the in-form Leicester City side on Monday, they will be a little confident following their recent 2-0 win over Porto in their final Champions League fixture.

Leicester City

The Foxes, on the other hand, have been having a completely opposite season than Chelsea’s.

After playing superbly in the latter stages of the 2014/15 campaign to avoid relegation, Leicester City have been even more impressive under new manager Claudio Ranieri this season, recording nine wins, five draws and only a single defeat in the EPL so far.

While other top teams in the EPL including Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal have faltered and dropped points at some point or the other this season, the Foxes have marched on ruthlessly, earning maximum points from their fixtures.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been at the top of their game this season, with the duo already netting 24 Premier League goals (from 15 games) between them so far.

The 24-year-old has been especially impressive this season, with the striker, who was playing non-league football only five years ago, recently breaking a decade-long EPL record (set by Manchester United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the 2003/03 season), after scoring in 11 successive games.

And whenever Vardy has failed to provide goals, Mahrez has stepped up to steer Leicester City’s season right on course.

As a result, Leicester currently find themselves in third place in the EPL table behind leaders Arsenal and Manchester City. A win against Chelsea will see the Foxes return to the top of the table, while a draw will see them climb to second place.

Considering the current form they are in, Leicester City should be able to beat easily beat Chelsea, but Ranieri will certainly not be taking this match lightly as the Blues have enough quality in their squad to beat any side.

Expected Lineups:

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy.

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