Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Chelsea

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  • Chelsea have won 8-straight vs. Leicester
  • Leicester lost just once in last 19 PL games
  • Only 1 win in 6 PL games for Chelsea

Leicester City host Chelsea on Monday at the King Power Stadium (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Foxes aiming to go back on top of the Premier League with a win.

Led by the dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Leicester continue to stun the soccer world as their unlikely ascension to the top of the PL has coincided with plenty of the big boys — most most noticeably reigning champs Chelsea — faltering so far this season.

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Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has worked miracles at the KP this season and he would love to get one over Jose Mourinho’s team who are languishing just one point above the relegation zone heading into this clash following eight defeats in 15 games so far this season.

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In teams news Leicsster will be without Richie De Laet, while Nathan Dyer returns to the fray. Chelsea have no new injury worries with Radamel Falcao unlikely to feature as he regains fitness.

What they’re saying

Mourinho on Leicester’s season: “They are in such a position where only three things can happen to them. One, to be champions, which would be amazing. Another would be to finish top four, which would again be a super achievement, but very normal at this moment because of the difference of points is very big. The worst thing that can happen to them is to finish top six, which should be a phenomenal season too. At this moment I don’t think they are thinking about relegation any more. They are not thinking about finishing in the top half as that is certain. So at this moment they have conditions to enjoy playing free of any pressure but keeping that ambition that leaves them in this fantastic position.”

Ranieri on being fired when Abramovich bought Chelsea: “Yes, immediately. The chief executive [Trevor Birch] told me there is a new owner and I said ‘me and you are the first who go home’. You imagine, the new owner arrives and he wants to put in his own men. It is normal. If the new owner wants to change something, it is normal. I wanted to show our best and we bought some good players. I wanted to win something.”

Prediction 

This is going to be tight with Chelsea likely to play defensively and give Leicester the respect their stunning start to the season deserves. Mourinho’s men looked much better in midweek against Porto as they sealed their passage to the last 16 of the UCL, and I expect that defensively solidity to remain. 2-0 to the Blues.