Chelsea v Leicester City – Betting Tips & Predictions – 18-08

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021

Frank Lampard takes charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time this Sunday afternoon, when his team welcome Leicester City to the capital. The Blues opened their campaign with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, and will want to bounce back quickly from that loss. The west London side have lost just one of their last 22 home league matches, winning 13 of those games.

Leicester kicked off their campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Brendan Rodgers would probably settle for a similar scoreline this weekend. City will hope that Lampard’s settling in period in his new job continues, and that this is a good time to play the Blues. There are no injury concerns in the Leicester squad.

Chelsea v Leicester City Prediction: Blues 1-0 Foxes

Our prediction for this game is that Chelsea will win a close game 1-0. While the Foxes will want to take advantage of Lampard’s newness in the hot seat, the new Chelsea boss, a novice in the Premier League, will have learned a lot from his team’s defeat in Manchester last weekend. Home advantage usually tends to work in Chelsea’s favour too, with the Blues not having been defeated at Stamford Bridge for a while now. That does mean that the game will be easy, and we expect Chelsea to have work hard to win the game with a single goal, possibly a penalty.

Our recommended tip: Chelsea 1-0

Our featured tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering odds of 6/1 on our prediction of a 1-0 win for the home side turning out to be accurate. We suspect that Chelsea are still not at their fluent best, as the players adjust to their new manager. Leicester will be tough opponents on Sunday, as they have quality players and are well-coached. But we expect home advantage to confer a vital edge on the Blues, and they will come away with the three points in the end, albeit narrowly.

Previous matches

These two sides have played each other on 26 previous occasions in the Premier League. Chelsea have won 14 of those games, and Leicester have come out on top in five. There have been seven draws. City have won on just two occasions at Stamford Bridge, while the Blues have won at home seven times against Leicester.
The last four Premier League encounters have all been close, with Leicester winning one, Chelsea one and there being two 0-0 draws. Last season, Leicester won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the game at the King Power Stadium ending 0-0.

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Players to watch: N’Golo Kante & Jamie Vardy

It will be interesting to see how French midfielder N’Golo Kante performs for Chelsea this season. Under the management of Maurizio Sarri, Kante looked out of sorts, usually being deployed in a slightly different position to his favoured midfield holding role. Against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup defeat in midweek he turned in a strong performance at the heart of the team. Last week’s defeat at United showed that Chelsea desperately need the stability Kante can provide.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is the type of player who enjoys the big occasion, as borne out by his recent record against ‘big six’ Premier League sides. The former England striker has scored 12 goals away from home in the Premier League against big six sides since the 2014/15 season. He is also the type of striker who can convert a team’s solitary chance, an attribute that could be crucial on Sunday.

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