The Blues travel to Leicester this weekend, in an attempt to build on their run from before the international break. The first break of the year came at the wrong time for Chelsea. The Blues had begun to show glimpses of last year’s championship winning form, after stumbling to a surprise defeat to Burnley on opening day. Leicester too have had mixed performances and it will be interesting to see which team can perform on Saturday.
Prediction: 3 – 1 Chelsea win
DANNY DRINKWATER RETURNS
Chelsea’s new number 6, Danny Drinkwater, signed on deadline day from Leicester City for £35 million. Fast forward two weeks, and Chelsea’s first game since deadline day is at the King Power Stadium. It will be interesting to see whether Drinkwater makes an appearance this weekend in the blue of Chelsea, and how the Foxes’ fans react to him. Drinkwater has been training with the team, under the watchful eye of Conte, over the international break and there is a growing enthusiasm among Chelsea fans about his signing.
EDEN HAZARD READY TO GRACE THE FIELD AGAIN
The Belgium superstar had missed preseason due to a broken ankle, and has spent the last month regaining match fitness. Before the international break, Hazard played in two matches for the Chelsea under 21 team and started training with the first team too. Roberto Martinez then called him up to the Belgium squad for the two world cup qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece. Eden started the match against Gibraltar and scored and assisted one goal each, on his way in completing 90 minutes. He also played 20 minutes against Greece, and has definitely played his way into Conte’s plans for this weekend.
JAMIE VARDY & HARRY MAGUIRE SHINNING FOR THE FOXES
Jamie Vary had a quiet season last year after firing Leicester to the title in 2015-16. But this year he started off with a bang against Arsenal, scoring two goals as the Foxes fell short to Arsenal’s late comeback. He also performed well against Brighton, as Leicester won 2-0. While Vardy has performed well in attack, young center back Harry Maguire has shone for the Foxes. Signed from Hull City this summer, the young English defender has been commanding in his box and dominated opposition strikers. To top it off, he even has a goal and assist so far.
TEAM NEWS & EXPECTED LINE UPS
Home team Leicester City only have one injury concern, with Robert Huth still out with an ankle injury. They have no new concerns or injuries.
Leicester XI – Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy
Chelsea will be boosted by the return of Eden Hazard, with new signings Drinkwater and Zappacosta also being available for selection. Bakayoko should also finally be match fit to be in contention for a starting spot. Captain Gary Cahill is still suspended this weekend.
Chelsea XI – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Willian, Morata
HEAD TO HEAD
Chelsea – 54
Draw – 30
Leicester City – 25
Chelsea 2 -3 Burnley (L)
Spurs 1 – 2 Chelsea (W)
Chelsea 2 – 0 Everton (W)
Arsenal 4 – 3 Leicester (L)
Leicester 2 – 0 Brighton (W)
Man United 2 – 0 Leicester (L)
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