The Blues are aiming to make it eight sequential Premier League wins at Stamford Bridge when they host former EPL champions Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea still sits 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City in spite of a good run of form, which they hope to proceed against a side they have beaten in their last three Premier League meetings.
The reigning champions are unbeaten in six league matches and have won four of them, a tally that puts them 3rd on the table and just a point behind Manchester United in 2nd. The title may be all but over, but the race for Champions League qualification is still a hot one.
Leicester also suffered cup disappointment last weekend as they were held to a goalless draw at Fleetwood Town, although that does at least give Jamie Vardy a chance to face his former club when they meet in the replay on Tuesday.
This draw followed on from a 3-0 win over Huddersfield, but prior to that, The Foxes were winless in five competitive games. This puts their hopes of European qualification in jeopardy, with them sitting 8th on the table but some nine points adrift of 6th placed Arsenal.
Away from home Leicester have been pretty decent overall this season, but recently things have taken a turn for the worse. They have lost 2-1 against both Watford and Liverpool since Christmas, putting an end to their seven matches unbeaten run on the road.
Meanwhile, Chelsea has won their last seven home games in the Premier League, more than making up for a dismal start to their season at Stamford Bridge. Defensively they have improved significantly since that shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening weekend of the season, but we still fancy Leicester to get on the scoresheet.
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 11 meetings with Leicester City in the Premier League (W9 D1 L1) – losing 1-2 in December 2015 at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City have won just once in their 11 previous Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (W1 D3 L7) – winning 2-0 in September 2000, with Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore getting on the scoresheet.
Leicester have lost 12 of their last 14 games against Chelsea in all competitions (W1 D1).The Foxes are winless in their last 12 away Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition (W0 D3 L9) – losing each of the last five.
Antonio Conte has won 25 of his opening 30 home Premier League games as manager, no boss in the competition has won more of their opening 30. Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti also won 25, with Mourinho drawing and Ancelotti losing their 31st home games in charge.
Leicester have both scored and conceded in 14 of their 22 league games this season – more than any other Premier League side.
86% of Leicester’s last seven away games in the Premier League have seen at least three goals scored.
Chelsea are expected to handle a full-strength side against the visiting Foxes. Gary Cahill was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final; clash with Arsenal and could return to start.
Ross Barkley is also expected to be fit to make his debut following a hamstring injury.
Jamie Vardy is fit again in the wake of missing Leicester’s FA Cup trip to his former club Fleetwood.
The England striker will go to Chelsea on Saturday in the wake of recouping from the groin injury which influenced him to sit out the goalless draw at Highbury Stadium last Saturday.
Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson (both hamstring) and Robert Huth (ankle) are out while Christian Fuchs (ailment) and Vicente Iborra (hamstring) are fit for Claude Puel’s side at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy
Prediction: 1 & GG
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