Leicester City vs. Chelsea
Can the Blues shorten the distance with the 3rd position of the table?
I think that the fact that Liverpool walks alone at the top of the table of the Premier has made the other teams try harder to keep their positions. The rest of the table has become a battlefield where no team wants to give up a single point.
The King Power Stadium will be the scenario of one of the most exciting matches of the Premier matchday 25 between Leicester City and Chelsea. A game that both teams seek to win to give a blow of authority.
The Foxes are currently 3 of the table, only 3 points away from Manchester City. This is the reason why Leicester does not want to miss a single point, since they just need a small stumble from City, to rise to second place. The Foxes has a record of 2 games won and 3 lost from its last 5 games. The most recent defeat was in their semi-final match of the Carabao Cup, 2-1 against Aston Villa. The first semi-final match was over with a 1-1 draw, and Leicester was emerging as the favorite to win the series. Aston Villa would be ahead in the scoring just 12 minutes from the start of the game with a goal by Matt Targett. After the goal, The Villians would devote themselves to defending and enduring the constant attacks of the Foxes.
In the second half, the top scorer of the Premier League, Jaime Vardy would enter the field despite still having pain from injuries he suffered last week. Vardy’s entry gave the Foxes more confidence, and in the 72nd minute, Iheanachowould scores the tie. The referee added 7 minutes of stoppage time, which would be well used by Aston Villa. At minute 93 El-Mohamady would place a ball to the area that would find David Trezeguet on the second post to finish off and give the victory to Aston Villa.
Chelsea comes to this match with a record of 3 wins, 1 lost and 1 draw from their last 5 games. The most recent is a 1-2 victory against Hull City for the FA Cup. The Blues were far superior to the Tigers; they dominated the game from the start. In fact, the first goal of the Blues was completed just 8 minutes after starting the match through Michy Batshuayi. In the 64th minute, the 22-year-old Fikayo Tomori would score the second for Chelsea. The Hull would respond at minute 78 with a goal from Kamil Grosicki, but it seems that it was more a punch of luck, since the team could not disturb the Blues after that. With this result, Chelsea reaches 27 games that it does not lose when it scores first. Also, they are continuing with a streak of 18 seasons to reach the round of 16 of the FA Cup.
The Blues made their pass to the round of 16 of the FA Cup, but in the league, they suffered a devastating mood blow by drawing 2-2 with a 10 men Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Additionally, Chelsea has been able to defeat Leicester this season since the last meeting between the two ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea has possibilities, but I don’t see them coming out with the victory from King Power Stadium. Chelsea +168
The Foxes have had an inconsistent performance, with problems to beat small teams like Burnley, and the defeat against Aston Villa left the club with low morale. Vardy is expected to be in top form for this match, and if we add that the Foxes play at home, I put my money for Leicester + 163.
Bryan’s 2019-20 Premier League picks record through Jan.: Moneylines 2-3