After suffering defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal in high profile encounters already this season, Chelsea will be hoping to make a statement when they welcome Leicester City to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Antonio Conte’s men ended a two-match losing streak with a 2-0 win over Hull City before the international break and are 8/13 (1.62) favourites with Paddy Power to make it two in a row here.
Having lost all three of their away games in the league so far this season, the Foxes go into this match as 9/2 (5.50) outsiders to claim maximum points in London.
The sides shared a 1-1 draw in last season’s corresponding fixture, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them cancelling each other out once again on this occasion.
Although it will have come as a welcome relief after three games without a win, Conte will know that victory over Hull last time out is hardly likely to convince many doubters after those damaging defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal.
On the other hand, a strong result against the reigning champions would represent a significant morale-booster for a team still finding its feet under new management, and seems eminently achievable on recent form.
Not only have Claudio Ranieri’s team failed to take a single point from their three away games so far, they also possess the league’s worst defensive record on the road after conceding four goals in each of their last two trips.
Having put four past them after extra-time when the teams met at the King Power Stadium in last month’s EFL Cup game, the Blues will feel confident of adding to the visiting defence’s woes in this one.
Nevertheless, Chelsea’s own backline hardly looks watertight after keeping just two clean sheets in nine competitive matches themselves, making odds of 13/10 (2.30) look good on them coming out on top in a match featuring over 2.5 goals.
Eight of the hosts’ nine matches so far have produced at least three goals, while Leicester have seen three or more scored in all four away games so far this campaign in all competitions.
|Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30) for a 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power|