Chelsea v Leicester City: Set for a shoot out at Stamford Bridge
Another international break, another two weeks lost to low intensity, low entertainment World Cup qualifiers but finally the Premier League is back. The new match day kicks off at Stamford Bridge as the two most recent winners of the competition face off.
Neither team can point to especially good form in the opening seven games of the season. Chelsea sit 7th while Leicester City are down in 12th spot and struggling to replicate the heroics that saw them shock the football and betting worlds, winning the title at 5000/1.
Chelsea are just 4/7 (1.57) with SkyBet to build on their 2-0 win over Hull last time out with another victory, the draw is a 3/1 (4.0) shot and the Foxes are outsiders at 9/2 (5.50) with the same firm.
Part of the reason punters seem so ready to pile into short prices about Antonio Conte’s men is that Leicester have yet to pick up a Premier League point on their travels in three attempts, losing to Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United. Conceding 10 goals and scoring only three in that run.
More goals would certainly appear to be on the cards in this game, with both teams to score just 4/6 (1.67) and over 2.5 goals on offer at the same price with SkyBet. That’s a pick that would have landed in all three of Chelsea’s home games in the top flight this season and could prove popular in people’s weekend multiples.
Those who believe the hosts with shade a high scoring game could see some appeal in 2/1 (3.0) about a Chelsea win where both teams find the net.
The best bet though, could be to back the defensive woes of both teams to continue. Over 3.5 goals is a selection which landed when the two went head-to-head in the EFL Cup just a few weeks ago, albeit with some much-changed line-ups.
Considering how renowned their new coach was for his staunch defensive line at Juventus and the Italian national side, Conte has struggled to replicate that ethos in the Premier League thus far. The Blues have kept two clean sheets in nine games in all competitions so far this term.
Futhermore, Leicester’s 4-1 defeats at Anfield and Old Trafford suggest that their strong defensive showings at the King Power Stadium shouldn’t be given much credence on the road. With Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in fine form but former Leicester midfield N’Golo Kante struggling to keep teams at bay at his new club, it could be a fast-paced, end-to-end 90 minutes.
Four or more goals in this one is 13/8 (2.63) shot with SkyBet and given the attacking fire-power on show here, combined with some lacklustre defending, we could be in for a shoot out.
Those seeking a longer price should consider the 14/1 (15.0) about both teams scoring in each half and a smaller stake could compliment the main selection for those aiming for bumper returns from this clash.