On Saturday afternoon, Chelsea travel north to the King Power Stadium looking to start a new unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Chelsea had their 13-match winning run in the Premier League snapped at White Hart Lane, as the Blues lost their last league fixture to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues regained a bit of confidence last Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Peterborough in the FA Cup, but the London side will hope to start a new winning run in the league, as they sit on top of the table five points clear.
After a terrible start to their league campaign, Leicester City have started to find a bit of form reminiscent of their title-winning campaign last season.
The Foxes have show glimpses of the quality that led them to the title during the group stages of the Champions League, but their form in the league suffered, amassing just 20 points from their first 19 matches, good enough to place them 15th in the table.
A good result against Everton last week in their FA Cup fixture will give them confidence, as will the possible return of Jamie Vardy from his three-match suspension.
But Leicester will also be missing two key components due to the African Cup of Nations. Despite his up-and-down form this season, Riyad Mahrez is away on international duty with Algeria, as is striker Islam Slimani. Daniel Amartey will also be absent, as he has travelled to join Ghana for the Cup of Nations.
Despite the absences, Leicester have entered the transfer market early. Wilfried Ndidi has arrived from Genk, as Leicester have struggled this season to replace N’Golo Kante, and may be handed a start in the absence of Amartey.
For Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s side has a relatively clean bill of health, but has their own set of problems. John Terry will be suspended for the trip to Leicester after being sent of last Sunday against Peterborough. In years past, this might have been more of a problem for the Blues, but the current form of Conte’s back line has meant that Terry’s been relegated to a lesser role and would have been unlikely to play.
More concerning is the omission of Diego Costa from the squad. After a dispute over his fitness, Costa has been left out by Conte, but Costa is also a subject of speculation over a possible move to China.
In his place, Michy Batshuayi will likely start, but any questions over Costa is a concern, given his scoring record this season.
Aside from those two absences, there is a question over the fitness of Marcos Alonso, though the recall of Nathan Ake from his loan to Bournemouth and the recent appearances of Pedro at left wing back might lessen the effect of his absence should he not be fit to play.