Not since the 2013-14 campaign has a team other than Chelsea vs Leicester City lifted the Premier League title. Champions in two of the last three seasons, Chelsea will be looking to continue their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City when they welcome eighth-placed Leicester to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The details of the match
Club captain Gary Cahill will return to the back three after sitting out the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Tiemoue Bakayoko came off the bench against Arsenal and should start here, while Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso are expected to keep their spots in the wing-back positions once again.
Pedro and Willian are both pushing for spots in the starting XI, but it does appear that a 3-5-2 formation will see Eden Hazard once again support misfiring forward Alvaro Morata in the final third of the field.
As for Leicester, Danny Simpson will again miss out with a hamstring problem, but Jamie Vardy will return after missing his team’s last two matches with a groin injury.
Adrien Silva is pushing for his full Premier League debut after recently being introduced to the fold, but it is thought that Vicente Iborra will start in central midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi.
The speculation surrounding the future of Riyad Mahrez is refusing to go away, but the Algerian is still a Leicester player, and should start in the final third alongside Vardy. Skipper Wes Morgan‘s absence, meanwhile, could see Aleksandar Dragovic selected alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray; Mahrez; Vardy
Chelsea vs Leicester: prediction
We say: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City. Leicester put on a strong performance in their last Premier League game against Huddersfield, but the Foxes have lost their last two league fixtures on the road.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have won their last seven top-flight matches at Stamford Bridge, and we are tipping the reigning champions to collect another three points on Saturday afternoon.