Predicted Chelsea XI vs Leicester City

14 January, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Jamie Vardy England Germany

On Friday Conte had described Leicester as the "worst team" his worn out group of players could come up against this weekend, following their midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, and Foxes boss Claude Puel was left ruing a missed opportunity to take all three points off the defending champions.

Conte substituted Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas for Pedro Rodriguez and Willian in the 58th minute and Chelsea took charge after Ben Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Victor Moses on the ankle, but Leicester held on in relative comfort to earn a draw.

The week may have mostly been dominated by the transfer speculation surrounding most of Leicester City's players, but it's time the focus shifted back to the Premier League as the Foxes face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea come into the match having kept clean sheets in their last two games.

The Gunners head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight after their goalless draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final clash on Wednesday night.

"I saw many players were very exhausted and they didn't recover from the Arsenal game".

A below-par Chelsea failed to create chances of note until stoppage time, when Kasper Schmeichel smartly repelled Marcos Alonso's free-kick.

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"We suffered a lot in the first half". They play at home.

Besides, with Leicester's Okazaki playing a typically energetic role and dropping back onto his old teammate N'Golo Kante to ensure Leicester weren't overrun, Chelsea didn't even have the numerical advantage in midfield Conte may have expected. It may even surprise you to learnt that game was a win for Leicester City, ending a awful run of form.

Asked if fatigue was the reason for taking off Hazard and Fabregas so early, Conte replied: "Yes".

"It should be quite an open game, but I can see the Gunners dropping more points".

Christensen's first job is to keep up with Vardy and he doesn't really manage it. Vardy's switched pass to Mahrez is unbelievably good and the Algerian takes it down effortlessly, does a lollipop and leaves Rudiger chasing him, then hits a low ball across the area.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans helped to end West Bromwich Albion's long wait for an EPL win with a 2-0 home victory over Brighton.

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