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Chelsea have revenge on their minds as they square up to top four rivals Leicester in the English Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
VAR drama, a Youri Tielemans wonderstrike and a pair of sublime Kasper Schmeichel saves combined to deny Thomas Tuchel a first trophy in the English football in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
But the smarting Londoners, who also have the Uefa Champions League final to look forward to, will go above their visitors and into third place with a win here.
That would put them in pole position for a podium finish come Sunday’s final round of fixtures, with dangerous Liverpool also lurking below to snap up a top four finish.
Plenty to play for then and it would have been so much easier for Tuchel’s men if they hadn’t slipped to defeat at home to stuttering London rivals Arsenal last Wednesday.
Given the volume of fixtures late in the season, it’s a minor miracle that Mateo Kovacic appears to the the only injury doubt for the home side.
Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are all eyeing a return to the starting line up following their disappointment in the Cup.
The 2016 EPL champions had their own foul up a couple of weeks ago when they collapsed to a 4-2 home loss to Newcastle at the King Power Stadium.
Boy did they hit back, though, with a stirring 2-1 victory away to Manchester United a week ago.
One win from their last two could prove enough to seal a return to Champions League football for the East Midlands club and what a statement of intent if they can manage it at the Bridge.
James Maddison looks set to orchestrate proceedings from the start with Ayoze Perez likely to make way, while Harvey Barnes misses out through injury.
Jonny Evans is doubtful to feature in defence for Rodgers, who is definitely without James Justin.
Chelsea vs Leicester: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Chelsea has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 1 of those games. Chelsea has scored 5 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Chelsea has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 2 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 18 occasions.
- Chelsea will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Leicester City, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn 1
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Chelsea recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 1 of the last 5 games for Chelsea has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 3 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 14/36 games for Chelsea this season.
- Coming into this game, Leicester City has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 4 of those games. Leicester City has scored 10 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Leicester City has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 2 games.
- Scoring is not an issue for Leicester City when they play away from home. They have scored in the last 6 games they have played on the road. Can Chelsea stop this run?
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 13 games for Leicester City ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Leicester City will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Chelsea, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn 1
- In the last 5 matches for Leicester City, 4 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 20 matches (56% of all matches) involving Leicester City has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Leicester City will score today, as they have netted in the last 6 games coming into this one and have scored 10 goals in the last five games.
Stats source: Footystats.org
Chelsea vs Leicester: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Chelsea vs Leicester: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Chelsea Starting XI: Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz.
Probable Leicester Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu, Marc Albrighton, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, Luke Thomas, James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho.