The last two Premier League winning sides meet on Saturday as defending champions Chelsea welcome the Foxes of Leicester City to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
Group EPL Teams Stamford Bridge, Fulham, England 13 Jan 2018 3:00 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Chelsea have won four straight and are unbeaten in their last five against the Foxes.
Expert Verdict: Chelsea have had the recent edge over Leicester, and they look set to be the ones that should be controlling this match as well. But with their midweek tie against Arsenal occurring, this match up with the Foxes becomes a lot more tricky for them. Still yet, the Blues should be winning as Leicester have not fared well against the bigger sides this season.
Antonio Conte continues to have a fully fit squad to pick from with the possible exception of new midfield signing Ross Barkley, who is still working on his fitness and is likely to be slowly introduced to the squad over time.
It was far from a classic showing in either of the two cup matches they've had in the past week, so the Blues will be looking for some inspiration in this match. That could just come from former Fox N'golo Kante. The French defensive midfielder has been vital to both sides' title charges in recent times and looks set to play a big role here. He can be the vital player in this one, picking the ball off of Leicester before they can counter.
Chelsea have three draws and two wins in their last five matches:
0-0 home draw vs Arsenal (EFL Cup)
0-0 draw at Norwich (FA Cup)
2-2 draw at Arsenal
5-0 home win vs Stoke
2-0 home win vs Brighton
Defenders:Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill
Midfielders:Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso
Forwards:Hazard, Willian, Pedro
Claude Puel is missing right back Danny Simpson due to injury. Center back Robert Huth is nearing a return to action, and it's great timing due to the injury of Wes Morgan. But neither are expected to play here, at least from the start. Striker Jamie Vardy is a doubt, but we suspect he will play.
Jamie Vardy has been out for the last couple of matches, so he is a little iffy. Another man with a bit of an iffy status due to rumors of transfers is winger Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has been speculated to be a target of a number of top clubs due to his recent form as well as the ability he showed in that title winning season. He scored and assisted last time in the league against Huddersfield to give him seven goals and assists, making him a deadly dual threat.
Leicester City have two draws, a win, and two losses in their last five matches:
0-0 draw at Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)
3-0 home win vs Huddersfield
2-1 loss at Liverpool
2-1 loss at Watford
2-2 home draw vs Manchester United
Defenders:Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs
Midfielders:Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton
Chelsea and Leicester City have met 82 times ahead of this match up. So far, the Blues have won half of those, drawn 23 of them, and lost 18 times. Here's a look at the last five results:
Sep 9, 2017: LC 1-2 Chelsea
Jan 14, 2017: LC 0-3 Chelsea
Oct 15, 2016: Chelsea 3-0 LC
Sep 20, 2016: LC 2-4 (AET) Chelsea (EFL Cup)
May 15, 2016: Chelsea 1-1 LC
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Chelsea are at 2/7 to win, a draw is at 17/4, and a Leicester City win is at 9/1.
Chelsea enter round 23 in the third place in the Premier League on 46 points. They are just one back of Manchester United for second, but they trail by a whopping 16 to leaders Manchester City at this point. They haven't lost any of their last five in total, but they have two draws in that span. They are only two points above Liverpool as well, so that is a fresh concern. Leicester, meanwhile, are in eighth place. They have 30 points now and are seemingly falling out of the European race, but are still well clear of relegation issues. They have three losses in their last five, but did have a win last time out.
At home, the Blues have taken 25 points from a possible 33 so far. They have just two losses there to go along with eight wins and a draw in the league. They are great defensively at Stamford Bridge with only seven goals conceded to date. They have won each of their last five there. The Foxes come into this match with a decent record away from the King Power. They have taken 13 points from 11 fixtures, but they have dropped their last two away matches now after winning the two prior to them.
Both teams to score, via Ladbrokes, is set at 10/11.
Chelsea have lost just twice at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season, and those losses came to sides above Leicester. The Foxes should push them, but their winning run will not be ended.