Premier League: Chelsea vs Leicester match preview
A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge
Friday 22 August 2014
They say the worst time to play newly-promoted clubs is right at the start of the season. Chelsea, then, will have approached the new season with a degree of caution, facing two in the first two weekends.
But any trepidation must have turned into confidence during that swashbuckling first half display against Burnley when they bounced back from a goal down to effectively end the contest by half time. New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas slotted seamlessly into the side, the former bagging a Premier League debut goal and the latter pulling the strings in midfield to the extent that boss Jose Mourninho called him a maestro. If they can do it on a chilly night at Turf Moor, then you’d expect the Blues to be even more formidable on home soil.
For Leicester this is just one of a number of daunting fixtures to welcome them back to life in the Premier League. Last weekend’s draw with Everton, however, will have provided a major boost. To come back twice from a goal down against classy opposition is the sort of resilience needed in the fight for survival.
Those looking for omens will be interested to note that the last time Leicester featured in the Premier League, in 2003-04, they got their campaign underway with a 2-2 home draw and then went to Stamford Bridge for their second fixture, where they were beaten 2-1.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
Pearson led Leicester City to the Championship title last season
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Chelsea 5 (Cahill, Kalou, Torres 2, Raul Meireles) Leicester 2 (Beckford, Marshall), FA Cup, March 2012
Chelsea 4 (Lampard 3, Shevchenko) Leicester 3 (McAuley, DJ Campbell, Cort), Carling Cup, October 2007
Chelsea 4 (Hasselbaink 2, Mutu, Babayaro) Leicester 0, Premier League, January 2004
Chelsea have averaged three goals per game against Leicester over their last six encounters.
Leicester beat Chelsea home and away in the 2000-01 Premier League season.
Chelsea failed to win their last two home matches of the last Premier League season.
It is 10 years since Leicester were last in the top flight.
Chelsea to win: 1.2
Leicester to win: 15.0
Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals who he thinks is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election