Leicester City v Chelsea Betting Preview 01/02/2020
Leicester’s return to the top four has unquestionably been one of the biggest stories of the Premier League season so far. The Foxes have played some excellent football under Brendan Rodgers but recent weeks have shown that there is a lot of work still to do.
After failing to make the most of their home advantage in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, Leicester agonisingly missed out on the final with a narrow 2-1 defeat at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
Can Leicester bounce back from that disappointment when they take on Chelsea who are also pushing for a place in the Champions League places early on Saturday afternoon?
Leicester Need to Take Their Chances
Rodgers was quick to defend his players on Tuesday night, rightly pointing out that the match could easily have gone the other way in the latter stages. The worry, however, is that Leicester were unable to take the tie away from a struggling Aston Villa side at any time.
Statisticians have been saying for some time that Leicester have outperformed their expected goals numbers by some distance. In other words, they have scored more goals than the chances they’ve created suggest they should.
A large part of the reason for that is the incredible form of Jamie Vardy, the Premier League’s top scorer. Vardy hasn’t scored in his last six matches though and whilst the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez and Demari Gray are quality players, they can’t match Vardy’s ruthlessness in front of goal.
Leicester fans are hopeful of two things. Firstly, that Vardy returns to full form and fitness quickly and secondly, that the team improve the quality of the chances they create. They should have little trouble creating chances on Saturday against a Chelsea defence which has had issues this season.
Frank Lampard and his coaching team are working hard on the training ground to shore up Chelsea’s backline and they have tried a couple of different formations lately. Defensive solidity has become increasingly important for the Blues given the way the goals have dried up at the other end and they will do whatever they can to keep Leicester at bay.
Can Chelsea Earn Another Good Result on the Road?
Chelsea have a better record away from home than they do at Stamford Bridge. They will certainly present Leicester with a threat on the counterattack and we think they’ll just be able to do enough to leave the King Power Stadium with a positive result.
We’re not convinced Chelsea are able to win the game against a very good Leicester team though so back the draw at 31/20 with Betfred.
If you’re comfortable taking a bigger risk for greater reward, consider the odds of 13/2 that bet365 are quoting on the 1-1 correct score. The third and fourth placed teams respectively know how important this match is and the desire not to lose should produce a tight, tense match.
Kante In For a Tough Afternoon
N’Golo Kante was one of Leicester’s most important players during their Premier League title winning season in the 2015/16 season. The all-action midfielder set the tone for the Foxes that year and has proven to be just as important since signing for Chelsea.
Usually, Kante is thought of as an ultra-reliable performer but he’s found the going a little tougher than normal lately. The way that Leicester move the ball and pull their opponents out of position may necessitate Kante doing some dirty work in the heart of midfield so back him to be shown a card on his return to the King Power at 4/1 with William Hill.
The Draw at 31/20 with Betfred
1-1 Correct Score at 31/20 with Betfred
N’Golo Kante to be Shown a Card at 4/1 with William Hill
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