Preview _ Chelsea vs Leicester City 19 August 19

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Match Day 2
Chelsea vs. Leicester City
Monday, August 19th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: D D W D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.66
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Pedro ( 8 )

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: D W L D D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.24
Top Scorer (18/19): Jamie Vardy (18)

It's a battle of the Blues on Match Day 2 in the Premier League as Leicester City make the trip to London to take on Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

There was vey little to split these sides in two closely fought encounters last season. The game at the King Power ended in a goalless draw with Leicester nicking a 1-0 success in this game.

Chelsea enjoyed a fine season overall last season in finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, and despite the departure of Eden Hazard the sense headed into the current campaign was largely one of optimism. A 4-0 defeat away at Manchester United on the opening day has dented that somewhat, but it needn't do as they were the better side for much of the game.

Leicester meanwhile are expected by many to make a run at the top six this season. That may just prove to be a little optimistic though, with it being difficult to overstate the effect of the departure of Harry Maguire. They were on top for a lot of the game against Wolves, but in the end were a little fortunate to come away with a goalless draw and face another tough game here.

Chelsea will need to tighten up at the back as they face another team jam packed with pace on the counter here. We expect Chelsea to fare the better over the course of the season, and whilst those defensive vulnerabilities are a concern, we fancy them to come out on top in this one - although possibly only just.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 2 Leicester City


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  14 - 10
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 49% - 51%

Just the one yellow card at Stamford Bridge, with Jorginho of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Graham Scott.

Chelsea started this match all guns blazing, and it's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest they could - and possibly should - have been three goals to the good by the end of the 15th minute: Pedro blazing into the side netting, Mason Mount heading straight at the keeper and N'Golo Kanté failing to convert from seven yards.

They may not have been three up, but the home side did take the lead early, striking after just seven minutes. Wilfred Ndidi receiving the ball around 25 yards from his own goal, taking a poor first touch, and not noticing Mount closing down rapidly from behind. The 20 year old nicking the ball, bursting into the area and just keeping his balance long enough to finish into the left hand side.

A failure to add to that slender advantage began to look as though it may come back to haunt Chelsea as Leicester began to grow into the game. The home side did maintain their advantage until the break though.

Leicester were nothing short of fantastic in the second half, winning all the key battles they had been losing early in the game and really taking the game to Chelsea. The Foxes duly clawed themselves level in the 67th minute. Ndidi rising highest as a corner came in from the left to thump an emphatic six-yard header into the top right. A fine way to cancel out his first half error.

James Morrison really should have won it for Leicester when doing really well to create space for a shot in the area, only to then blaze over from seven yards.

1-1 final score.

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