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Monday, December 14, 2015

Leicester City vs Chelsea Premier League - December 14, 2015

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Leicester City vs Chelsea
Competition: English Premier League
Date: 14 December 2015 - Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester 
 
Leicester City returned to the top of the table last weekend when a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick saw off Swansea City 3-0 in South Wales. Unbeaten in eight English Premier League fixtures, six wins and two draws, the Foxes are also the top scorers in the league, hitting the back of the net 32 times in 16 matches.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri could name an unchanged team as Leonardo Ulloa could come in for Shinji Okazaki once again in a 4-4-2 formation. Similarly, N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Mahrez and Marc Albrighton look certain to keep their starting roles elsewhere in midfield. Ritchie de Laet is the only other injury absentee.
Chelsea team have been dreadful in the league this season and go into the weekend only two points above the relegation zone. They have won just one of their last eight Premier League away games (W1 D2 L5) and suffered another bloody defeat last weekend when Bournemouth cambe back from Stamford Bridge with a 0-1 win.  The Blues have not won any of their last five road trips in the Premier League. Anyway, midweek saw an improved Chelsea display as they beat Porto to progress in the UCL
Mourinho may opt for a similar lineup to the one which brushed aside Porto. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was dropped in midweek and could miss out again. Striker Radamel Falcao is fit again and could be on the bench as Diego Costa is likely to lead the line. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian appear in pole position for the attacking midfield spots but Pedro offers an alternative option on the flanks.
Chelsea did the double last season, including a 3-1 win in the corresponding fixture that clinched the title. The Blues have already shipped 24 goals this term, keeping just four clean sheets in the process. Leicester have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches in the EPL.
 
Probable lineups:
Leicester City: Schmeichel – Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs – Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton – Ulloa, Vardy.
Chelsea: Courtois – Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta – Matic, Ramires – Willian, Oscar, Hazard – Diego Costa.
 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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