Sunday 12 May, kick-off 3pm
King Power Stadium – Premier League
After reaching the Europa League final on Thursday night, Chelsea are looking to wrap up third place in this Premier League preview. It’s going to be tough though against a Leicester City side who’ve been in good form under Brendan Rodgers.
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What’s the story with Leicester vs Chelsea?
Is Leicester vs Chelsea on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Jamie Vardy was on target as Leicester won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge over the Christmas period.
What are the Leicester vs Chelsea odds? Leicester City are slight favourites at 29/20 in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Chelsea are 19/10 with bet365. The draw’s 11/4 with the same bookmaker, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…before this season, Leicester last beat Chelsea during their 2015/16 title-winning campaign. Vardy and Riyad Mahrez got the goals for the Foxes, who were crowned champions five months later.
Team news and form
Last six: WWLDWL
Daniel Amartey is the only player out of these Leicester v Chelsea predictions for the home team. He’s still recovering from a broken ankle, but is hoping to be available for Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Apart from that, Foxes manager Rodgers has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson could be handed farewell appearances after their Foxes departures were confirmed this week.
Last six: WDDDWD
Maurizio Sarri could freshen up his team for these football betting predictions, after Chelsea went all the way to extra-time and penalties in their Europa League semi-final. Gonzalo Higuain and Ross Barkley could come back into the starting line-up, although N’Golo Kante is still injured. Andreas Christensen is likely to miss out after a knock on Thursday, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger are injured.
Leicester vs Chelsea prediction, preview and betting tips
Leicester City come into this game looking to do the double over Chelsea for the first time since the 2000/01 season. The ninth-placed Foxes can finish as high as eighth or as low as 11th, while the visitors are looking to keep London rivals Tottenham behind them and finish third. Chelsea’s place in next season’s Champions League is already secure ahead of these football predictions, although the Blues also have the Europa League final to come at the end of the month.
Before that though, Sarri’s side have to travel to the United States to play a friendly against the New England Revolution next week. That must be galling for the Blues boss ahead of their clash with Arsenal in Baku. Following a long night on Thursday, there’s a decent chance Chelsea could rest a few players here. That will only play into the hands of the home team in this Leicester v Chelsea prediction.
The Foxes are much improved under Rodgers, as they showed in their performance away to Manchester City on Monday night. They were only undone by Vincent Kompany’s stunning long-range effort late on, just their third defeat in nine games since Rodgers arrived. All of those losses were by a single goal, with Chelsea 4/1 to win by one goal on Sunday. A 1-0 away win is 11/1.
However, Leicester beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last home game, and they’re playing well at the moment. They’ve had the full week to prepare for this final fixture of the Premier League season, while Chelsea have only won one of their last four league matches. That was at home to Watford last weekend. On the road, the Blues have just two wins in their last eight games.
Chelsea have only scored in three of those matches and haven’t kept any clean sheets, while they have just one shutout in their last 13 away games. Only one of the last five meetings between these sides have seen both teams score, which is why we’re backing against BTTS at 29/20 with Betfair in your Leicester vs Chelsea betting tips.
We’re going for the home win which also has football betting odds of 29/20 with the same bookmaker. The last three meetings between these teams have seen under 2.5 goals, and the same here is 6/5. Leicester are 7/2 to win to nil, while a 2-0 home victory is 14/1 in your football score predictions. If you add Vardy as the first scorer to that, the odds rise to 35/1.
Leicester vs Chelsea first goalscorer predictions
Vardy has scored each of Leicester’s last three goals against Chelsea across all competitions, including the only goal of the game earlier this season. The Englishman has 18 Premier League goals to his name, and is 19/5 with 888sport in the first goalscorer odds. He needs two goals to match his second best ever Premier League return, and is 5/1 to score two or more goals on Sunday. It’s 88/1 for Vardy to net both of Leicester’s goals in a 2-0 home win.
Eden Hazard meanwhile is 11/2 to strike first, in what could be his final Premier League appearance for Chelsea. He scored the winning penalty against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, and is 39/1 to get the only goal of the game here to wrap up third place for the Blues.
Leicester to win
Leicester to win and under 2.5 goals
Jamie Vardy to score first
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.