Leicester vs. Chelsea Prediction and Picks: Will Chelsea Outclass the Foxes?
When: Saturday, November 20, 7:30 a.m. ET
Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leaders Chelsea will try to increase their lead at the top of the table as their followers will face tough opponents this weekend in the Premier League.
Leicester vs. Chelsea Prediction
You would expect more from Leicester, but they are sitting 12th in the Premier League standings with just 15 points earned in 11 games. Of course, Jamie Vardy is their top scorer with seven goals netted so far this season, almost half of Leicester’s 16 goals.
They are on a three-game winless run across all competitions, and their boss Brendan Rodgers to be the perfect candidate for the Man United job in case Ole Gunnar Solskjær gets sacked. Leicester’s manager has distanced himself from speculation saying that his only focus is on preparing his squad for their next Premier League fixture. This entire story might have a negative impact on the players and fans.
Leicester has been too inconsistent this season, but after the previous international break, they destroyed Man United beating them 4-2. They are one of the good Premier League sides, and they will make it very tough for Chelsea on Saturday. However, they are struggling badly at the back, and they kept zero clean sheets in their last ten games. On top of that, they have the worst defense in the top 14, with 18 goals conceded this season.
Wesley Fofana is still out, as are Ryan Bertrand and James Justin, while Marc Albrighton could appear for the Foxes. Youri Tielemans is doubtful, and James Maddison might benefit from his possible absence.
Chelsea allowed Burnley to steal a point before the international break missing the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table. They dominated the entire game, but in soccer, if you’re missing a million chances in a game, the Gods of the game will punish you. And that’s exactly what happened last round against Burnley.
We don’t expect that to repeat because Tuchel is obsessed with learning from mistakes, and he will work surely work on that. The visitors have lost just once all season long, and the defeat came against none other than Manchester City. They have the second-best attack in the league after Liverpool with 27 scored in 11 games and the best defense with just 4 goals conceded in the process.
We all know that Romelu Lukaku was out for almost one month. During this period, Kai Havertz was the perfect replacement for the former Serie A MVP. He even scored against Burnley in the last round. Luakaku is back to full training, but he might sit on the bench and play in the second half if needed.
It’s fascinating to see Chelsea being so organized at the back. Still, at the same time, their wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell are proving destructive in the opposition half, helping with the progression of the ball and playing very aggressively without the ball. They frequently arrive in the opposition box, and they are also a scoring masterclass from Tuchel.
He found the right balance, and if you sometimes feel that they are boring, they are not. They are playing a perfect waiting game or controlling their energy. They are probably the best Premier League team when they don’t have the ball. Of course, mistakes happen, and one of them happened against Burnley, but they are still one of the most consistent teams in Europe.
Christian Pulisic wasn’t fit to start for the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers, but perhaps he’s getting ready for the weekend actions as he’s not on the injury list.
Leicester vs. Chelsea Betting Picks
The hosts failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous ten games, and two of their last three games have produced at least three goals. Leicester prevailed 2-0 at the King Power in this fixture last season, but Chelsea was coached by Frank Lampard, so it doesn’t count. The visitors are too strong right now, and we expect them to return to winning ways.
Leicester vs. Chelsea Picks
We have three official picks for this game: