English Premier League – Round 36
Chelsea vs Leicester City – 19th May
A narrow clash between the Blues and the Foxes
Chelsea will now be getting another kick at the can against the Foxes after their last defeat at the FA Cup finals in Wembley. Coming in charging, they are now aiming to make a strong comeback and avoid defeat at all costs to secure their place in the top four.
With the winning streak they have been on, that seems likely. After a momentous game against Manchester City, Fulham, West Ham, and a phenomenal defeat for Crystal Palace, winning is well set on their agenda.
To top that, the Blues are headed into the league with a full-strength squad as they have no injury or suspension concerns. Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic are likely to be a part of the starting XI as Thomas Tuchel might make a few changes following their loss in the FA Cup final.
That makes their game stronger and fiercer and whether they defeat the once reigning champion of Premier League or not, this game is certainly one that will keep all eyes glued to the screen.
Predicted Line-Up: Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen; Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta; Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
Leicester City finally put an end to the FA Cup losing streak with the fifth time being the lucky charm when they claimed a 1-0 win at the Wembley Stadium with the only goal of the game that came through a hair-raising strike from Youri Tielemans.
Brendan Rogers’ Foxes are now heading into the Premier League where they’ll be participating in a heated battle against Chelsea and Liverpool for a top-four finish. Placed third in the league table, Leicester City stands two points ahead of Chelsea and three points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.
With two points keeping the distance on the Premier League stand, this game will certainly deter the peace especially considering The Blues have just been pushed out of their eight-time winning streak at the FA Cup Finals against Leicester City. A heart-rendering defeat, it has certainly brought their attention towards tightening their defence.
Predicted Line-Up: James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy; Timothy Castagne, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans; Kasper Schmeichel; Marc Albrighton, Caglar Soyuncu, Wesley Fofana;
Since both teams fielded their strongest players in the FA Cup Finals, the upcoming fixture would be a battle of the benches. Both teams will have an eye on securing the Champions League berth, with Chelsea keen to extract events.
We can visualize Chelsea acquiring retribution against Leicester City on Tuesday. With Chelsea being hag-ridden by the last match and the Foxes losing intensity because of a few injured players like Harvey Barnes and James Justin it is likely that the Blues will triumph with a narrow score difference.
The odds, too, defend this perspective with Chelsea coming in at 1.71, Leicester City at 5.25, and a draw at 3.65. Chelsea coming in with 4+ goals stands at 9.75 while Leicester City scoring more than four goals comes in at a whopping 35.
Both teams stand closely on the Premier League table with a mere two points keeping them apart. Their fate could easily be changed based on the outcome of this game and that places the match with high stakes. While the odds favour Chelsea, betting on Leicester City comes with a much better reward should they win.