Leicester City v Chelsea Betting Special: Hazard warning for the Foxes

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The defending champions face the league leaders and our tipster fancies the Blues' Belgian midfielder to make his mark in the East Midlands

Chelsea travel to take on Leicester City and there have been more than two goals scored in nine of the last 11 meetings between these two teams so there is plenty of potential for goalmouth action.

The Blues boast the Premier League's leading marksman, with Spanish striker Diego Costa on target 14 times in the top flight so far this season but he looks set to sit out the game after a bust-up with his manager.

One man who has recaptured his best form under the Italian's tutelage is Eden Hazard; the Belgian midfielder has already notched nine league goals so far this season - more than double his tally in the top flight last term.

Hazard is chalked up as a 9/2 (5.50) chance to open the scoring for Chelsea against the champions, while the same firm offer a generous 6/5 (2.20) that the 26-year-old midfield maestro finds the net at any time against the Foxes.

Willian, too, has enjoyed a productive season so far, scoring five Premier League goals for Conte's side; the Brazil international scored twice in Chelsea's 4-2 win against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge at the end of last month and was on target again for the west Londoners against Peterborough United last weekend.

Betway go 11/8 (2.38) that Willian grabs a goal in this game, while former Barcelona star Pedro, who notched twice against the Posh, is a 2/1 (3.0) chance with the same firm to find the net at any time this weekend.

Leicester will be without both Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani for this fixture, but Claudio Ranieri's men will certainly not lack a cutting edge.

England international Jamie Vardy is expected to lead the line for them and the odds compilers offer 8/1 (9.0) that the striker, who hit a spectacular hat-trick against Manchester City last month, scores first here, while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that he breaches Chelsea's back line.

With both Mahrez and Slimani on international duty in Gabon, Japanese international Shinji Okazaki could be handed a starting role against Chelsea if the hosts return to their usual 4-4-2 approach.

Okazaki scored twice for Leicester when Conte's Chelsea visited King Power Stadium in the EFL Cup earlier in the campaign and the odds compilers offer 100/30 (4.33) that he strikes at any time here, while the same firm offer 9/1 (10.0) that the 30-year-old scores first for the hosts.

Ahmed Musa came off the bench to lead Leicester to the FA Cup fourth round with two second half strikes against Everton last weekend and the Nigerian international is a 100/30 (4.33) chance to continue his scoring streak, while the same firm go 8/1 (9.0) that midfielder Marc Albrighton, whose only strike so far this season was Leicester's first ever Champions League goal, scores against the league leaders.

Chelsea, however, will expect to dominate proceedings and, so, the 6/5 (2.20) quote for an in-form Hazard to score at any time offers decent value for punters.

Eden Hazard to score at any time at 6/5 (2.20) for a 1pt stake with Betway
 

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