CHELSEA – LEICESTER
The fairytale for Leicester City seems to be over, with the shocking champions of the Premier League being ten points behind the current leader Manchester City in the standings. But did anyone really expect that Claudio Ranieri’s boys could repeat their extraordinary performance from last season? Well, it’s still too early to judge what will happen with Leicester’s season, but so far they look a lot more average than last season.
Now The Foxes will travel to Chelsea to meet Antonio Conte’s side at the Stamford Bridge in London. In the last round Chelsea put an end to their terrible run of three consecutive games without a win in the league, outperforming Hull City at the KCOM Stadium. It’s safe to say that things didn’t look too good for Antonio Conte after such a performance in three matches in a row, but now the Italian manager could get a breath of fresh air.
Chelsea are still five points behind the leader Manchester City, so they need to be really consistent in their performance in future, if they want to keep their chances for Premier League glory alive. The competition for the gold medals looks absolutely brutal this season, so The Blues can’t allow themselves such terrible streaks of results.
Leicester are already enjoying Champions League football for first time in their history, but they also need to up their Premier League game, if they want to enjoy something better than just a mid-table existence in the standings this season. The Foxes managed to keep two of their star players – Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, while Chelsea managed to snatch N’Golo Kante from them.
The Foxes will have to follow carefully Diego Costa’s movements on the pitch, taking into account that the Spanish international is the Premier League’s top scorer so far with six goals from seven games played.