Leicester City and Chelsea, the two teams who are vying for a spot in the Champions League, take on each other at King Power Stadium where fans are waiting for a very entertaining game.
The Foxes quickly bounced back from back-to-back losses to Southampton and Burnley, with the team beating West Ham United 3-1 on Matchday 24, and, to make things even better for the fans, Brendan Rodgers’ troops defeated Brentford in the FA Cup at the weekend. Jamie Vardy, who was rested in the 1-0 win over the Bees, is likely to return to the starting XI.
The Blues, on the other hand, failed to beat ten-man Arsenal in the London derby at the weekend, but they remained in the Champions League berth. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard rested several first-team regulars in the FA Cup win over Hull City, but he is going to field the best possible side against Leicester City. Therefore, we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils at King Power Stadium.
Leicester City have seen each of their last four Premier League (PL) victories produce over 2.5 match goals (total). Of those, three saw Leicester win both halves, though curiously, none of Leicester’s last nine PL victories have seen them score inside the first 15 minutes.
After dismantling West Ham 4-1 (Jan 22), Leicester have seen an impressive 75% (three) of their last four home league wins yield a margin of over 1.5 goals. Furthermore, Leicester have scored twice (at least) inside the second half in each of their last four PL home wins.
Chelsea are traveling after dropping a net average of 1.5 points in the period beyond the 80th minute across their last two PL away games. The ‘Blues’ have also won just once in their previous four league games played anywhere (W1, D1, L2), averaging 1.33 goals conceded beyond the hour mark across the games drawn/lost.
Impressively though, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last three league trips to the King Power Stadium (W2, D1), keeping a first-half clean sheet on each occasion, in first halves producing under 1.5 total goals. Both victories saw Chelsea win the first half 1-0.
Stat Attack and Players to Watch
Leicester: Ayoze Pérez scored twice inside the final ten minutes of the 90 in Leicester’s last home win.
Chelsea: In the visitors’ camp, Willian has thus far seen 75% of his league goals (and 75% of his league assists) this season arrive on hostile turf.
Three of Leicester’s last four PL home wins ‘to-nil’ have seen them score exactly twice beyond the hour mark.
Five of the visitors’ last six PL away goals from open play during wins/draws have come inside the first or final 15 minutes of regular time. On the other hand, seven of Chelsea’s last nine PL away defeats have yielded an even number of total match goals.