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Chelsea travel to Leicester on Tuesday evening, with the hosts having the chance to dominate the Premier League with a victory while Manchester United and Manchester City only play on Wednesday.
The Foxes fly high and remain well positioned to finish in the top four as the season nears halfway, sending Southampton this weekend to a complete 2-0 victory at King Power Stadium.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are struggling to get back into the top four and get stuck in a host of clubs that are only a few points apart. They passed Fulham this weekend to stay in the mad rush, but Frank Lampard’s side underperformed for all the money invested in the team.
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In a clash that could be key in deciding who will stay in the Champions League positions at the end of the season, here is: 90 minspreview of.
When is the kick-off? Tuesday January 19
What time is the kick-off? 8:15 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? King Power Stadium
TV channel / live broadcast? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League
Arbitrator? Craig pawson
Jamie Vardy was sent off late due to an injury against Southampton this weekend. Head coach Brendan Rodgers is hoping the 34-year-old will be available on Tuesday, however.
Dennis Praet remains on the sidelines for Leicester, who otherwise have a perfectly fit squad. Caglar Soyuncu is available and could play for the first time this year, while right-back Ricardo Pereira returned to Leicester’s squad of the day this weekend.
The visitors rested key players the weekend before the trip to Leicester and are only without N’Golo Kante, who suffers from a hamstring problem.
Kurt Zouma could be reinstated in the starting XI, while Reece James could come back from injury and Andreas Christensen has returned to form as well.
Leicester: (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Justin; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kovacic, Havertz, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Werner.
Since their disappointing 2-0 home loss to Everton in December, Leicester have managed to regroup effectively and have since gone undefeated in their last six games.
Meanwhile, they’ve also scored one point against Manchester United and three against Tottenham, meaning the chance to take more from one of their top four rivals is something they’ll likely appreciate. Harvey Barnes is in good shape and has scored three goals in his last four games, while James Maddison is also having fun and has two goals in his last three games, as the Foxes impress on offense.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are still trying to find the perfect balance that will bring their wealth of offensive talent to all cylinders. Their weekend win was well deserved against a hard-to-beat Fulham side, but losing to Arsenal on Boxing Day was a highlight Lampard still has some work to do.
Timo Werner ended a 13-game FA Cup draft against Morecambe, but again he could have done a lot better against Fulham. As for Kai Havertz, the 21-year-old has had to settle for replacement cameos in his last four league appearances.
Here are the last five results for each side.
Leicester 2-0 Southampton (16/1)
Stoke 0-4 Leicester (9/1)
Newcastle 1-2 Leicester (3/1)
Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester (12/28)
Leicester 2-2 Manchester United (12/26)
Fulham 0-1 Chelsea (16/1)
Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe (10/1)
Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City (3/1)
Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa (12/28)
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea (12/26)
In a hotly contested game with a lot at stake for the remainder of the season, both teams need to be at their best.
For Leicester, three points maintain an unbeaten streak and keep their name alongside Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. For Chelsea, an away win would not only do wonders for the team’s confidence after a tough patch, but would go a long way in pushing them back up the table and knocking another rival down in the process.
That said, a loss would be too costly for both parties. This will end a stalemate.
Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Chelsea