Chelsea vs Leicester City for the English Premier League championship match on Sunday at Stamford Bridge Stadium.
Last weekend marked Frank Lampard’s Premier League debut as a coach, but it wasn’t exactly the fairytale ending Chelsea fans expected from the club’s legend.
The Blues coach oversaw a catastrophic 4- 0 defeat by Manchester United and, although the scoreline was tough on Chelsea, it certainly raised some concerns.
The big problem, unsurprisingly, given the score, was in the back. Every time the Red Devils launched a counterattack, Chelsea’s bottom line split like the Red Sea, and it’s something that will have to be faced again when they go against the threat of Jamie Vardy.
That said, Chelsea looked a much better team in their UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool, and despite losing their tie on penalties, they can take some of the momentum out of their performance in Istanbul.
They will also have some tired legs from the match, with 120 minutes of football played and a long round trip to Turkey.
Leicester also failed to show their attacking credentials in the first game, playing a goalless draw at home against Wolves.
To be fair to the Foxes, they pushed for victory at King Power Stadium, but in the end, failed to cross the solid Wolves bottom line.
With Chelsea ready to strike from the start, finding openings shouldn’t be a problem for Brendan Rodgers’s team, and they have an excellent recent record against Chelsea to shake their confidence.
They beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge in December and are undefeated in regular time in their last 4 meetings with them. They haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge since 2016 either, so the signs are promising for visitors.
Chelsea may have been improved midweek, but its performance last week cannot be overshadowed, and additional travel may have an impact.
Not to mention the fact that they have won just 1 of their last 6 Premier League games, and even at Stamford Bridge, they have won only 9 of their previous 16 league games.
Meanwhile, Leicester has lost just 2 of their 5 Premier League away days since Rodgers took charge, and one of them came against Manchester City.
I believe that will be a game with few goals, given the fatigue of Chelsea.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals in the 2nd half.