Tip Chelsea - Leicester
Two straight losses have turned a sharp focus on Chelsea’s inadequacies after a run of fine performances and now for the first time there are questions on their title winning credentials. The Blues are coming from a loss against Leicester City in the FA Cup final, right after losing to Arsenal in the Premier League, and having to face Leicester again on Tuesday makes it a very tricky game. For both Chelsea and Leicester, the Tuesday game is crucial. Fourth placed Chelsea have 64 points and Leicester in third, have 66, with both seeking top four finishes. Manager Thomas Tuchel has tinkered with his team selection for the last two matches and they’ve paid a heavy price and he has tough decisions to make still, with the Champions league final approaching. The London side goes to this game without a clean sheet in the last three matches and without a goal in the last two. They are four points above fifth placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand and they can’t afford to drop more points. With one win and two losses in the last four league matches at home, Chelsea are in need of three points to return normalcy. They’ve also failed to score in two of their last three home league matches.
As Leicester celebrate their latest milestone, winning a first FA Cup, they will be keen not to let a top four finish slip off their grasp as it were the case last season. Their win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final came after an earlier victory over Manchester United. It may have been a win against a much-changed United team, but the belief was fueled well by their Saturday win. Looking ahead, Leicester have another tough game to wrap up their season, against Tottenham and they can’t afford to drop points, seeing that Liverpool have a game in hand and well in contention for a top four place. The clean sheet in the final was Leicester’s first in five matches and they grew from Johny Evans’ injury while benefitting from fine saves by Casper Schemeichel, and Caglar Soyuncu was very stable in defence. They denied Chelsea spaces to run into and though they didn’t have a lot of chances, still managed to win. This is very likely the same strategy Brendan Rodgers will use in the Tuesday game. Leicester have one loss in 12 away league matches but they have no clean sheet in the last six.
Key points Chelsea - Leicester
Chelsea have three losses in 10 home league matches.
Chelsea have seven clean sheets in 10 home league matches.
Leicester City have one loss in 12 away league matches.
Leicester have no clean sheet in the last six away league matches.
Conclusion Chelsea - Leicester
This will be a very tough game to call, especially after the FA Cup final. Chelsea go in trying to avenge the loss and secure their top four place, while Leicester have a point to prove, and also seek to secure their top four status. At home, Chelsea have done well, away from home, Leicester have done well. Both sides are expected to put up well defensively, looking at what’s at stake and under 2.5 goals is a big possibility.
Chelsea Leicester Prediction published on May 16, 2021