Leicester City V Chelsea Preview

Friday, January 31st, 2020 2:35pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Eight points separate Chelsea from third placed Leicester, Frank Lampard will know that anything but a win will see too much daylight in between the sides for The Foxes to be caught.

Leicester’s incredible home form this season is a large reason as to why they find themselves sitting so comfortably in the top four.

However, Chelsea have always proved to be too hot to handle at the King Power and  have lost just once in their last seven trips to Leicester. That solitary defeat came in the famous 2015-16 campaign which saw former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri lead his Leicester side to the most historic of title triumphs.

Brendan Rodgers once worked as a coach for Chelsea under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, and has faced no side more in his managerial career. Rodgers has come up against Chelsea 13 times, but is yet to taste victory.

Surprisingly, Chelsea’s away form this season has been in stark contrast to their showings at home. Whilst Lampard’s young side has struggled at Stamford Bridge, they have looked like an entirely different outfit on their travels, the 2-0 win at Tottenham a notable highlight.

The sides last met back in August at Stamford Bridge, where Mason Mount’s early opened was cancelled out by a Wilfried Ndidi header and the points were shared.

Team News:

Leicester City

Top scorer Jamie Vardy is set to start for The Foxes after he made his return from a muscle injury against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup defeat midweek.

Skipper Wes Morgan will not be available after complaining of a migraine during Leicester’s 1-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup 4th round. 

Rodgers told reporters “There’s a couple of minor knocks from the game during the week, but nothing major, it will be the same squad virtually.”

Chelsea

Reece James has been back in training this week but it is unclear as to whether he is ready to feature at any point this weekend.

Tammy Abraham trained today though Lampard didn’t reveal as to whether his side’s top scorer would feature, instead stating he would be subject further tests tomorrow morning.

There are no other fresh injury concerns for Chelsea.

Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham have scored 30 Premier League goals between them, if two of the divisions leading marksmen both feature; expect goals.

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