Chelsea face a stern test of character this weekend when they face a Leicester side looking to stay in the Premier League. Chelsea will want to quickly forget about their defeat to Tottenham by getting a win at the King Power Stadium, but it isn’t going to be easy. Leicester are only 6 points above the relegation zone, so they will be doing everything in their power to steer clear of the drop. Claudio Ranieri was once in charge of Chelsea, so he will know a thing or two about how they play, and that will ultimately prove to be an advantage for the defending champions. Below we’ll look at some of the things Chelsea will try to do in this game to ensure victory over the defending Premier League champions.
They Will Put their Defeat to Tottenham to the Back of their Minds
Chelsea will quickly forget about the defeat to Tottenham if they can beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium, giving them more reason to do so. Chelsea will be looking at the Manchester United vs. Liverpool fixture this weekend in the hope Manchester United can beat Liverpool, which will give Chelsea a bigger edge over their title chasing rivals. Conte will tell his players to go out and play their usual game, and if they do, they will win it easily enough. Putting the Tottenham defeat behind them is the most important thing, because if they don’t, they could end up hitting a blip in their season which could see them go on a run of winless games.
Conte Will Tell His Players to Play Quick with More Confidence
Chelsea didn’t play their worst game against Tottenham when they lost, but they didn’t play the quick flowing football they are used to. Conte will make sure this doesn’t happen again and you can expect to see much quicker passing and more movement around the Leicester area. Chelsea created chances against Tottenham, and were probably a little unlucky to not score any goals, but sometimes that is football and they will need to bounce back with the quality they have.
Chelsea Will Need to Take Their Chances
One of the many things that was obvious when Chelsea played Tottenham is that they had plenty of shots, but only 2 on target. They obviously created chances, but on this occasion they didn’t take them, so they need to make sure they are a threat in front of goal against Leicester. Diego Costa will need to make sure he is firing again, and the likes of Pedro and Hazard will need to make sure their attacking ability is on point.
What Do the Bookmakers Think?
The bookmakers are pretty confident Chelsea will beat Leicester thanks to their strong defence and attacking capabilities, but Leicester are only 9/2 to win this game so the bookmakers obviously think Leicester still have a chance. If Chelsea perform then it will be hard to see anything other than a Chelsea win, but if Leicester can play with some confidence in front of goal and get last season’s top players such as Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to start firing again, there is no reason why they can’t be a threat again. There are plenty of betting tips around that might suggest this game could finish in a draw, but many more feel Chelsea will run away with the result.
How this game goes could change Chelsea’s odds of winning the title. Liverpool aren’t far behind them, and Tottenham are starting to creep up on them too, so Chelsea will want to put this game to bed as soon as possible.