Leicester City vs Chelsea: Match preview, team news and predicted line-ups

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The Premier League is back after a two-week-long international break. The opening game on Saturday, 20th November, will have Leicester City host Chelsea. Both are top teams and the game is expected to be a one to watch.

Leicester will have the home advantage with the game taking place at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes currently sit 12th in the Premier League and are coming after a 1-1 draw against Leeds United, before the break. While the team has managed to secure just 2 wins in their last five fixtures. With their questionable and inconsistent form, Leicester will have to deliver a diligent performance to keep Chelsea on hold.

On the other hand, the Blues will be ready to take on the hosts having won 4 out of their last five fixtures. They currently sit at the top of the table with 26-points, three points above second-placed Manchester City. A surprising yet casual points drop in their 1-1 draw against Burnley will now force the London Giants to reignite their ruthless domination to extend their league lead.

A lot of focus will also be on the sidelines, with both Brendan Rodgers and Thomas Tuchel recognized as top coaches in the league. Neither will settle for less and will ask for everything out of their respective players.

Team news

Leicester City vs Chelsea: The Foxes team news and injury updates:

The Foxes could have a huge setback, with the presumed absence of their midfield talisman Youri Tielemans. The Belgian is a huge doubt for the game against Chelsea, after pulling out from the Belgium international squad. The 24-year-old midfielder suffered an injury in the game against Leeds and was subbed out in the 75th minute. He was ruled out for 2-3 weeks due to a calf problem with further news awaiting.

In Tielemans’ absence, Daniel Amartey is expected to start, forming a centre-back trio with Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans. While apart from Wesley Fofana and James Justin, who continue to remain out with long-term injuries, there are no other absentees for the weekend game.

Leicester City Predicted Lineup: 

Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Soumare, Amartey; Barnes; Maddison, Vardy

Leicester City vs Chelsea: The Blue team news and injury updates

The Blues are on to a positive outlook with their attacking cavalry presumably fit. The international break has given them a huge boost, with Romelu Lukaku expected to be back in the squad along with Mason Mount. Mount is coming off of a dental surgery which could lead him to start the game from the bench, with Havertz keeping his place from their last game. The game, however, will come too early for Timo Werner.

With many of his defenders returning from their national sides, Tuchel will have trouble selecting his defensive lineup. Thiago Silva is most likely to miss the game, after making one appearance for Brazil. Team skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, who started one game and was subbed on in the second for Spain, is also in contention to miss the game, given Reece James’ top form. However, he could fill in T Silva’s absence and play as a third CB along with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. It would be no surprise if Trevoh Chalobah replaces either of the aforementioned centre-backs.

Chelsea Predicted Lineup: 

Mendy; Christensen, Rudiger, Chalobah; James, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho; Havertz; Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku

Our score predictions: Leicester 0-1 Chelsea

Leicester City would struggle to create chances under Chelsea’s continuous pressure. Tielemans’ absence would trouble the Foxes’ defence and midfield. While the players would be forced to sit back and defend. Rodgers’ side would look to capitalize with set pieces and counterattacks. Chelsea, on the other hand, are expected to dominate as usual and eventually net the ball once.

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