How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Chelsea 8/13, Draw 3/1, Leicester 9/2 - Paddy Power
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 15/2, Chelsea 1-0 8/1, Chelsea 2-1 8/1 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Diego Costa 3/1, Eden Hazard 9/2, Jamie Vardy 8/1 - Sky Bet
Chelsea breezed past Hull in the last match before the international break, which was a welcome relief after losing to Liverpool and Arsenal and struggling to a draw with lowly Swansea previously. After shipping seven goals in three matches, Blues boss Antonio Conte tinkered with his defence ahead of the Hull game and his charges kept a clean sheet. Whether the problem has been solved will be tested by Leicester’s potent strikeforce of Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez on Saturday.
Leicester City have struggled to maintain the form that brought them last year’s Premier League title. Keeper Kasper Schmeichel was responsible for them scrambling a point from their last match against Southampton, and big defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool will have knocked their confidence. They also conceded four goals to Saturday’s opponents in the EFL Cup last month, although they were level at 2-2 after an entertaining 90 minutes.
Chelsea’s recent 4-2 victory over Leicester in the League Cup might not necessarily be repeated on Saturday, but it does prove that both sides have the potential to score and concede goals in great numbers. On his day, Jamie Vardy is a fragile defence’s worst nightmare and 8/1 on him netting first is tempting, even though he’s gone six games without scoring for his club.
Blues captain John Terry should be fit for the match, which is a major boost for Conte, but he has his work cut out to organise a back line that is severely lacking in confidence. Paddy Power’s 8/13 on a Chelsea win is very short considering their issues combined with the potential of the opposition, making 3/1 on a draw look much more attractive. BetVictor’s 15/2 on it ending 1-1 is very tempting, considering the attacking prowess and defensive frailties both teams possess, or you could take Ladbrokes’ 4/1 on it ending in a draw and both teams scoring.
- Sports.net’s top tip - Match to end 1-1 at 15/2 from BetVictor
Please note that odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to the match.