Chelsea v Leicester – Stamford Bridge at 12:30 live on Sky Sports 1
After the long international break, the Premier League is back this weekend! Chelsea host Leicester at the Bridge for the early kick off and despite their inconsistencies, the Blues offer some value on the Asian Handicap market.
Life started well in the Premier League for Antonio Conte. Four straight wins had fans believing they were ‘back’ after the disaster of last season. However, rumours have been spreading this week about the Italian’s future. Some bookmakers have stopped taking bets on the Blues boss to be the next manager sacked. It would be a huge shock if he was to go, but these days, it’s not out of the question.
Chelsea let their 100% record go when drawing 2-2 with Swansea. Then followed a 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool before Arsenal embarrassed them 3-0. Conte’s men were outplayed in both of those matches but some faith was restored, defeating Hull 2-0 before the international break. Question marks still remain over whether they are serious top 4 contenders however.
The Blues have already faced Leicester once this season, meeting in the EFL Cup. Chelsea were outplayed in the first 45 minutes, going into half time 2 goals down. Leicester could have been 4 or 5 up, but were pegged back, before losing 4-2 in extra time.
Chelsea are having to work hard for results. They have no problem creating chances, but defensive frailties are costing them. Eight of their last 13 matches have ended in draws, winning just 3 of the other five. They do hold an excellent record against Leicester at Stamford Bridge though, winning 6 of their last 10 meetings, losing just once.
Like Chelsea, Leicester are suffering from inconsistency so far this term. At home they have good record but their away form has been abysmal.
The Foxes remain unbeaten at the King Power, winning 2, drawing 2, conceding just 1 goal. On the road, they have lost all 3 of their matches but have found the back of the net in each.
It was always going to be tough defending their title but sitting in 12th after 7 matches is surely below expectations. They have however exceeded expectations in the Champions League.
Six points form their opening 2 matches was a shock to me, but it is understandable for Ranieri to be focusing his efforts on Europe after last season’s title win.
Two of Leicester’s away losses, and their heaviest defeats came on, the weekend before their 2 UCL matches. They could once again be focused on their midweek match against Copenhagen.
Asian Handicap & Total Goals
The hosts come into this match as firm favourites. Although they have been finding wins hard to come by, they offer some value to register back to back league wins this Saturday.
Their record at home to Leicester speaks for itself and with the Foxes playing in Europe next week, although in need of points, their attention could well be on Copenhagen.
Chelsea will dominate possession and create plenty of chances. Against Leciester’s pacey counter attacking style, the Blues defence will have it’s work cut out, but they should have no problem finding the back of the net.
Leicester have been shaky to say the least on the road and a fourth straight away defeat is on the cards here. I’m expecting the hosts to win this one by a couple of goals and can be backed on the Asian Handicap market -1 at odds against.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Chelsea -1 at 2.04
Prices correct at time of writing.
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