Leicester at Chelsea Free Pick - Betting Odds
It has been an action-packed holiday season in England, with a lot of matches for the PRemier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in the past month. Some teams have played ten matches in that span, and the managers have tapped into their reserves in that period. Chelsea are coming off back-to-back unsuccessful results in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup, and they will now try to return to winning ways, when they will host Leicester on Saturday. Leicester only participated in the FA Cup last week, where they barely avoided the elimination in the hands of League One side Fleetwood Town.
Leicester (8-8-6) are coming into this match after almost suffering an upset against League One side Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. However, they managed to hold out for a goal-less draw. Their opponents actually had a lot of scoring chances, and Leicester should be feeling lucky that they didn't lose. In their previous match for the Premier League they easily overcame Huddersfield by 0-3 at home, but that was their only win in their last seven matches in all competitions (1-3-3). Leicester are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Premier League with 30 points, eleven points off the top five spots that grant entrance to the European competitions next season. They have been quite competitive on the road (3-4-4), but have failed to win any of their last three. They will be making this trip with a handful of injury concerns, as Morgan and Simpson have been ruled out, while Fuchs, Huth and Vardy are still considered as questionable to participate.
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On the other hand, Chelsea (14-4-4) are coming into this match after being stuck at a goal-less draw at home against Arsenal in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. They actually had the upper hand in that match, but they were just unable to score a winning goal, and they will now have to fight on the road in the second leg. Prior to that, Chelsea were coming off another goal-less draw, this time against Norwich for the FA Cup. Again they had the majority of scoring chances, but they were just unable to put one through. Chelsea are now undefeated in their last nine matches in all competitions (5-0-4). They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Premier League again, with 46 points, just one off Manchester United. They have been really strong at home (8-2-1), where they have won nine of their last eleven in all competitions (9-0-2). Chelsea recently acquired midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton, but he is still recovering from his injury, and is still listed as questionable to participate.
Leicester at Chelsea English Premier Prediction
Chelsea won by 2-1 in Leicester City on September 9th, and also won both matches against Leicester last season. They might have the upper hand regarding the win here, but Leicester just might be able to defend the +1.75 goal handicap. They have won just a single match in this venue, back in 2000 (1-7-3), but they have been competitive in all their matches here so far.