Chelsea vs Leicester Prediction: Premier League Match on 18.05.2021
Chelsea and Leicester City meet for the second time in three days when renewing rivalries in this midweek English Premier League match. Armchair fans can follow the action live on TV from 20:15 GMT on Tuesday as the Blues, and the Foxes aim to win the three points needed to improve their chances of securing a top-four finish.
A place in next season’s Champions League is at stake, with four teams battling to fill the three remaining prize places behind champions Manchester City. The Cityzens are already over the line and confirmed as champions, but the race between Man Utd, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool will go down to the wire. Followers of the top tier of English football are preparing for a grandstand finish to the campaign.
Chelsea and Leicester have already met twice this season in competitive action. Interestingly, the Foxes have won both previous games and haven’t suffered defeat at the hands of the Londoners since June 2020. Brendan Rodgers’ side won the previous league match with a 2-0 score at the King Power Stadium in January and followed that with an impressive win over the same opponent in Saturday’s FA Cup final. Will we see the Foxes complete the hattrick on Tuesday, or will Chelsea gain their revenge?
Blues must bounce back from cup defeat
Chelsea started the week in fourth, desperately clinging to a place in next season’s Champions League. The Blues have two shots at making it into UEFA’s elite competition. One by holding their ground and finishing in the top-four of the English Premier League and one by beating Manchester City in the final of this season’s Champions League. Ideally, manager Thomas Tuchel would love to achieve both.
The home team line-up with their stats for the season showing 18 wins against ten draws and eight defeats, scoring 55 goals and conceding 33. When taking a closer look at those numbers, we note Chelsea have the joint-lowest wins in the top five of the league. They have scored fewer goals than Leeds United down in 10th but have one of the best defensive records in the division. It’s worth keeping in mind that the club has played under two managers in this campaign, Frank Lampard and Tuchel.
Chelsea’s most recent league match ended in defeat when suffering a 1-0 home defeat to fellow Londoners and derby rivals Arsenal on 12 May. The Gunners claimed all three points that day thanks to a goal from Smith Rowe with 16 minutes on the clock. That loss came on the back of a three-match winning run for Chelsea.
Foxes continue to improve
Leicester goes into this match sitting in third place as the Foxes continue to improve. The Foxes didn’t get close to troubling leaders Manchester City this season, but they have been impressive throughout what has been a brutal campaign. The visitors are on course to improve on last season’s efforts and finish in the top four of the league. Securing a return to Champions League football would be massive for Leicester and would help maintain that climb through the ranks of English football.
Leicester brings season stats of 20 wins and six draws against ten defeats. They have suffered more losses than Chelsea but have recorded more wins. Rodgers’ side has scored 65 goals and conceded 44. Under the microscope, we notice the visitors are one of the top scorers in the division but have leaked the same number as Aston Villa, who can be found down in the bottom half of the division.
The away team arrive with their recent form showing they have won only one of their last three. That sticky spell consists of one win, a draw and defeat. They followed a draw with a loss but did bounce back to record a crucial win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in their most recent league match. The Foxes followed that hard-fought win over Man Utd with a historic FA Cup triumph by beating Chelsea in Saturday’s final.
Chelsea vs Leicester prediction
This is one of the most important matches of the season for both teams. The race for the top-four will provide us with a dramatic finish, and there’s still time for a few twists and turns. Chelsea has the home advantage for this game and brings the better recent league form. They are also under pressure to respond to that painful FA Cup final defeat. Regardless of what the Blues achieve this season, the loss at Wembley will haunt the players all summer.
Leicester will take confidence from that stunning FA Cup win. Fans managed to get a rare glimpse of the players who have been performing above expectations this season. At Wembley, on Saturday, the Foxes proved their battling qualities beyond doubt. They showed teamwork as a unit and believe they are a match for any opponent. They certainly won’t be fazed by going to Stamford Bridge and trying to win.
The stats associated with this match show Leicester beating Chelsea in each of the last two games, keeping a clean sheet in both games. One team has failed to find the net in each of the previous three matches. Will this one fall into line and follow that trend? Armchair fans will be excited to find out, and this is sure to be competitive.
Premier League odds
The pre-match betting available on this game at 22bet has Chelsea priced at 1.71 to claim the points. Leicester have odds of 5.05 attached to their chances while backers of the draw can get their hands on 3.68.
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