Chelsea v Leicester City tips: Back Foxes to upset the form book at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea are too short at 8/13 against the Foxes and the reigning champions can get something from trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday
October 12th, 2016
The weekend Premier League action kicks off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with the hosts priced at a very short 8/13 by the leading bookmakers to seal the three points, a pretty unbackable price whichever way one looks at it.
The thing is, Chelsea have been far from impressive since the start of the season and whilst they won their first three games, they had to come back from behind in two of those outings to secure the points. The other victory was against a newly-promoted Burnley who look set to be amongst the sides fighting against relegation towards the end of the season.
Chelsea’s remaining Premier League games have seen them defeated by Arsenal and Liverpool while they were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea City. This doesn’t bode well for Antonio Conte’s first season in charge and with the Blues’ title odds slipping to as much as 18/1 with most bookmakers, one wonders why they are priced as short as they are to win on Saturday against a side which clinched the title last season.
Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes are not nearly as good as they were when storming to the title last season, however did we actually expect them to be? They have put in a decent enough showing as they try to juggle the defence of their Premier League title with the added pressure of performing against the best of Europe in the Champions League. They have actually given an excellent account of themselves in Europe by winning their opening two games and they have also been pretty good domestically, winning twice and drawing twice in their seven Premier League games.
The Foxes were outclassed in their meetings with Liverpool and Manchester United, however these defeats need to be put into some context. Both of these matches were ahead of Champions League outings and the Foxes could be forgiven for being distracted by these midweek European affairs. Indeed Ranieri even took off Vardy and Mahrez during the interval in the Manchester United defeat, clearly mindful that they would be required for Champions League duty.
Against Liverpool, the Foxes were certain to be in for a tough time against a Reds side which had just suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Burnley and dropped points at White Hart Lane. Klopp’s men would have been desperate to bounce back and this they did in style, following the win over Leicester with another three in the top flight.
The Foxes also faced Manchester United at an inopportune time, Jose Mourinho having just dropped Wayne Rooney to free the side from their shackles. The Red Devils responded by putting in their best display of the season to date and it was unlikely that any side could have coped with Mourinho’s men in the first half of that match. Leicester were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ranieri’s men will have few issues to contend with ahead of their weekend trip to the capital and the Foxes boss has had no shortage of time in which to prepare fully for this meeting. Jamie Vardy was mysteriously little used against Slovenia and Malta while Mahrez and Slimani have effectively had a week off so should be pretty fresh. What better time than now for the Foxes to grab their third Premier League win of the season? At 5/1 it’s a no-brainer for us.