Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City take on Chelsea in a mouth-watering clash.
The November international break has come at the perfect time for the East Midland outfit, handing head coach Brendan Rodgers a fortnight to consolidate his ranks following a slight dip in form.
After going from back-to-back Premier League victories to a brace of winless league encounters against Arsenal and Leeds United, the Foxes have slid to 12th in the standings.
Unlike their hosts, the Londoners have been nothing short of outstanding in England’s top-flight this term, as they currently top the table with a three-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
Yet, Burnley’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge held the reigning Champions League holders to an unexpected 1-1 draw on the stroke of the international break.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Head-to-Head
Leicester have kept Chelsea at bay twice in their last three Premier League meetings at the King Power Stadium, picking up a win and a pair of draws in that sequence.
Since they last went four straight top-flight home H2Hs without losing between February 1985 and May 1995 at Filbert Street, the Foxes could make history by avoiding defeat here.
Rodgers’ men have already beaten the Blues twice in all competitions in 2021, including a comfortable 2-0 victory in this exact fixture back in January.
They could become only the second team in the past ten years to register three competitive wins over Chelsea during a single calendar year.
Plenty of reasons for concern in the Leicester camp
Since outscoring Man United in January 1988, Leicester have gone winless in their subsequent 16 Premier League match-ups against sides starting the round at the top of the table (D2, L14).
The Foxes’ defensive woes are unlikely to help their cause either, with the Midlanders keeping a clean sheet just once across their last 17 Premier League games.
In fact, since overcoming Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 on the opening matchday of the season, Rodgers’ side have conceded at least once in their last ten league outings.
Force to be reckoned with
Barring a 1-0 defeat to Man City in late September, Chelsea have gone unbeaten in their remaining ten Premier League fixtures this season (W8, D2).
Thomas Tuchel’s men have won four of their five top-flight travels this term (D1), including the last three in a row without conceding a single goal.
Tuchel could become the first Chelsea manager since Luis Felipe Scolari in November 2008 to guide the Blues to four away league wins ‘to nil’ on the trot.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Predicted Line-ups
Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Timothy Castagne; Wilfred Ndidi, Boubacary Soumare; Ademola Lookman, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount; Kai Havertz.
A lack of ruthlessness in front of goal has seen Leicester score one goal or less in their last three matches across all competitions.
That could be a massive concern going up against Chelsea’s water-tight defensive unit that has only conceded once in five Premier League travels this season.
Meanwhile, with Romelu Lukaku unlikely to start despite recovering from an ankle injury, the Londoners could struggle to beat Kasper Schmeichel more than once.
Leicester 0-1 Chelsea