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Date: Tuesday 19th January 2021

Venue: King Power Stadium

Kick-off: 20:15 GMT

Barely time to bash out the angry, entitled tweets and even less time to generate traffic streaming rants, and we’re off again.

Tonight’s game sees us away to a Leicester City side who’ve picked up again, most recently with a 2-0 win over Southampton at the weekend. Another win tonight would put Leicester top of the table, at least for 24 hours anyway, as if they need any additional incentive.

For Chelsea, we also had a win at the weekend but, in spite of ending a three-game winless run, it will have done little to calm the frenzy that continues to be fuelled by the anti-Frank brigade. Yes, it was against Fulham, who were down to 10-men for the second half, but it would have been naïve in the extreme to expect us to breeze through any London derby, nevermind a derby game that comes at a time when our confidence and form are vying for bottom spot.

Leicester definitely won’t be short on confidence against us, we’ve had four draws from our last five against them and realistically, whilst we’d probably more than take another one tonight – they won’t come into the game with anything like that attitude.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, says “They have got a real squad of top players.  Of course with Kante, we know he’s a top-class player.  Unfortunate, but Frank [Lampard] will always have someone else to come in and do a good job.

Papy Mendy just has a slight strain in his neck, so we’ll see how he is, but apart from that, everyone else will be fine. We’ve got a fully fit squad, virtually, which puts us in a good place.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says “Leicester are in the title race for sure because of the way they are playing, the results they are getting, and their position in the league. Last season we managed to get above them at the back end of the season but it was a big ask for us because they’re a very good team with very good individuals and a very good manager. They’re in the race and there are others that are in the race but we have to not consider the race at the moment and consider ourselves and if we can get wins that will propel us back up to where we want to be.

It (the title race) is relatively open, especially compared to recent years. I don’t want to go that far and say whether we can get in it or not. We’re not in a bad position – we’ve been in a bad run of form but we can change that picture with some good results. That’s my point on that one, that it can change quickly.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Leicester, Dennis Praet (thigh) remains out and Nampalys Mendy (neck) will be assessed, but Jamie Vardy (hip) is expected to be fit and Caglar Soyuncu could start.

For Chelsea, having served his suspension, N’Golo Kante (hamstring) is out injured, whilst

Andreas Christensen (knee) is back in contention.

TEAMS

LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; James, Rudiger, Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

LAST SEASON

Leicester 2-2 Chelsea (1 February 2020)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

LEICESTER: WLWDDW

CHELSEA: LWLDLW

OTHER STUFF

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their past five league fixtures against Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have not lost any of their last seven league and cup matches at the King Power Stadium.
  • Leicester are unbeaten in five league matches.
  • Chelsea are winless in five league games this season against the sides currently above them in the table.
  • Four of Leicester’s five league defeats this season have come at the King Power Stadium.
  • Chelsea could lose three consecutive midweek league fixtures for the first time since 2012.
  • Leicester have won each of the last 10 Premier League fixtures in which they scored the opening goal.
  • Chelsea have scored 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season – Leicester have scored 12.

PREDICTION

Sportsmole: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

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