Brendan Rodgers will want his Leicester team to give the home fans the perfect summer sign-off when they welcome Chelsea to the King Power Stadium this weekend. Chelsea will be boosted by their midweek exploits which saw them qualify for the Europa League Final, however as this is a nothing game for the Blues Sarri could rest some key players. Form Labs break down the action with their betting preview and tips while we bring you plenty of value with our selection of enhanced odds.
The Foxes have impressed under Brendan Rodgers and have won five of their last eight heading into this fixture, with their last two results seeing them thump Arsenal 3-0 at the King Power, before giving Man City the jitters at the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s outfit took 70 minutes to break the deadlock through an unlikely source.
Like the Gunners, Chelsea haven’t fared particularly well on their travels since the turn of the year and are W5-D2-L6 across all competitions, with the teams they beat – Malmo, Fulham, Dynamo Kiev, Cardiff and Slavia Praha – all weaker than Leicester.
Fatigue Could Be An Issue For Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri will be relieved his team got the job done on Thursday night hosting a plucky Eintracht Frankfurt, with a pair of goal line clearances in extra time required, though undoubtedly he would have preferred his side to have done the business within the 90 minutes.
Given just 67 hours separate the kick-offs of that game and this one, fatigue could be an issue for the Blues here.
Indeed, Chelsea looked tired in their last league outing – even if they did eventually beat Watford 3-0 – as they had to rely upon the inspiration of Eden Hazard as the Belgian laid on a couple of assists during the second-half to get the ball rolling after a goalless first 45.
That game followed on from the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, and a mounting injury list certainly doesn’t help their cause.
Pedro And Willian Available
The absence of Callum Hudson-Odoi is offset by the availability of Pedro and Willian, but N’Golo Kante won’t be able to face his former club here and is a massive loss.
Andreas Christensen also picked up a knock midweek, meaning Cezar Azpilicueta had to move to the centre, but with Antonio Rudiger ruled out for the rest of the season the Spaniard may have to continue in that role alongside David Luiz – unless of course forgotten man Gary Cahill makes a rare appearance.
Chelsea have won 59% of the 58 matches Rudiger has started since singing for the club ahead of last season, and only 47% of the 17 he hasn’t, while they’ve conceded 28% more goals in those matches he’s missed.
Leicester v Chelsea Betting Tips
Given the upward swing the Foxes are enjoying, coupled with a tired and depleted Chelsea outfit that will be more concerned at not picking up any more injuries than acquiring a result (they’ve already secured their place in the top four), we’re certainly leaning towards the hosts.
Leicester beat Chelsea in the reverse fixture with a goal from Jamie Vardy, who holds an excellent record against the ‘Big Six’, and so they certainly have the tools to end the season on a high note and provide optimism for next season.
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