|Wilfred Ndidi fires one in as Leicester beat Chelsea 2-0 to signal the end of Frank Lampard's reigns as Chelsea boss, will the Foxes do it again on Saturday? (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
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Chelsea lead the premier league table despite the shock stalemate at home to Burnley last time out, they missed the chance to go five clear after Liverpool and United both dropped points against their respective opponents.
Leicester’s season hasn’t really kicked off yet, Brendan Rodger’s side has blown hot and cold this term after eleven games and ultimately, the manager has banished every conversation around him taking up the Old Trafford job, could that be the distraction behind their poor form?
Chelsea as it stands are firm title favorites but they must not take things for granted; the Blues led for much of the game against the Clarets at Stamford Bridge but managed to drop two points with just few minutes remaining on the clock.
The absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner means Thomas Tuchel’s side must depend on a false nine approach, they rammed seven past a hapless Norwich to show they aren’t afraid of scoring regardless but Kai Havertz has left too much to be desired as an option upfront.
What is Leicester’s problem? They aren’t firing as much as expected in the Europa League as well but they score tons of goals; the duo of Patson Daka and Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho have played second fiddle to the ageing Jamie Vardy yet they come through with goals when selected;
Is it time for Rodgers to consider the two upfront with Iheanacho playing off the Zambian? Since beating Manchester United on this ground, Leicester have struggled and the last game away at Leeds United showed exactly why they need to buckle up in a season that looks closer than ever.
The Blues have scorers everywhere on the pitch, they have the highest number of different scorers and that counts for something with the absence of recognized strikers. Concentration till the end is the key for Chelsea’s intense football, can they sustain the fire till the final whistle?
Leicester are without their mercurial midfielder Youri Tielemans and that means the return of Wilfred Ndidi is as timely as they desire, James Madison must bring his A-game to the table alongside Frenchman Boubacar Soumare.
Keep an eye on Chelsea’s wingbacks, Leicester’s fragile defense will have it all to do to attempt to stop the Blues, but a loss for the Foxes on Saturday will mean they’re fast disappearing off the top four or even top six conversations…