Game Week 27 Predictions: Chelsea to heap more misery on Rodgers' Leicester - Premier League preview, betting tips, team news
It's the battle of the strugglers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday but the hosts have more worries than the visitors. (Photo credit: Inside Sport)
Leicester vs ChelseaKing Power Stadium4:00pm
|It's the battle of the strugglers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday but the hosts have more worries than the visitors. (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
Leicester City lost away at Southampton last weekend to continue their indifferent season, and no matter how they want to see this, they are in the relegation fight with just two points above Everton, which currently occupies the 18th spot on the log.
Brendan Rodgers must be under fire for the poor run and the fact that the quality in his squad doesn’t deserve their current standing.
Back-to-back losses home and away aren’t what you string together when you want to climb on the log.
Last weekend, Chelsea beat Leeds United for the first time in the league this year.
They are still tenth on the table, but they also hosted Borussia Dortmund in the middle of the week and did a great job to advance in the Champions League.
The Blues can focus on the continental championship as it is the only realistic route back to the tournament next season.
But finishing strongly in the league as well will set a good platform for a better push next season.
Interestingly for Chelsea, even a win at the King Power on Saturday doesn’t get them off the tenth spot.
But if they drop points, they could slide into the bottom half, and how ugly would that look for a team that has invested so much within the last nine months?
The Foxes need a result here to boost their confidence; it’s a big deal for you to beat a team as strong as Chelsea in terms of squad quality.
And on the balance of play, Chelsea doesn’t exactly look the part, so there’s a chance there.
There’s enough in the hosts to compete quite well against a side that doesn’t even know the right balance yet.
It still feels like Graham Potter is yet to know his best eleven, but you must wonder why Mhykalo Mudryk isn’t getting game time.
Joao Felix looks like the best attacker at Chelsea, but Raheem Sterling is gradually finding his feet too.
There is no room for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the equation, but the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke are showing signs of quality.
Leicester must be brave in this fixture; they must attack and defend smartly.
Chelsea doesn’t concede much, but they have also shown in recent games that they can be rattled by efforts from outside and on set pieces, and Leicester should plan to exploit that.