Despite suffering just two league defeats all season (W11, D4, L2), Chelsea sit in fourth-place in the Premier League (PL) – a whole eight points off leaders Liverpool. Both defeats came away from Stamford Bridge, and only Liverpool and Manchester City have bettered Chelsea’s return of 21 points from home matches.
The key to Chelsea’s success this season has been their ability to strike first against their opponents. They have scored the opening goal in 13 of their 17 league matches this term, while also leading at half-time in a clear majority (11) of them.
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Though mid-table, Leicester City have lost just two of their previous eight league matches (W2, D4, L2), though both defeats have come in their previous two matches. In contrast to their opponents’ form, ‘The Foxes’ are often left chasing the game, having conceded the opening goal in 11 of their 17 league matches so far this season.
Stamford Bridge remains an unhappy hunting ground for the visitors. They have not won in any of their last eight competitive matches there, in a sorry sequence stretching back to October 2001 (D2, L6). They have also failed to score a goal in four of those eight matches, while conceding two or more goals in six of those encounters.
Players to watch: With eight goals and nine assists in the PL this season, Eden Hazard remains Chelsea’s key attacking threat.
Jamie Vardy has two goals in his last four Leicester appearances, and he has two goals in his last three competitive appearances against Chelsea.
Stat attack: Six of Chelsea’s 11 PL wins this season have been to nil.
Chelsea have scored 13 league goals (37%) after the 75th minute.
Leicester have been awarded more red cards than any other PL side (four).
Will not play
(Lower Back Injury)
van Ginkel M.
(Lacking Match Fitness)
Referee: Probert L. (Eng),
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)