Chelsea v Leicester preview: Jamie Vardy fit to return

Jose Mourinho the Manchester United manager spoke out against Antonio Conte again on Friday
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Jose Mourinho the Manchester United manager spoke out against Antonio Conte again on Friday Credit Getty Images

There's not much time to reflect on or wallow in the latest draw against Arsenal - the fourth in four tries this season, if we include the Community Shield, which Chelsea went on to lose in a penalty kick shootout - as another game is coming up right quick.

Captain Gary Cahill was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg with Arsenal and could return in defence. The new signing of Chelsea, Ross Barkley, is doubtful for this fixture against Leicester as he was sidelined for 7 months because of the hamstring injury.

Chelsea host Leicester City in the Premier League on Wednesday with the Blues looking to improve their current third-placed standing on the table. The Foxes have shown some good stuff under Claude Puel and both teams have scored in each of their last seven away games, albeit they have lost each of the last two by a 2-1 scoreline to Watford and Liverpool respectively.

Newcastle United and Stoke City are both said to have wanted the 21-year-old before his summer move to Leicester City. Midfielder Adrien Silva is set to make his first start for Leicester - he is the player they signed to replace Chelsea-bound Danny Drinkwater but missed the Federation Internationale de Football Association registration deadline by minutes on transfer deadline day.

Chelsea's home form is another thing Leicester will have against them come kickoff. Chelsea have started 2018 with three draws and Antonio Conte must be concerned about Alvaro Morata's lack of form over the last couple of weeks. Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti also won 25, with Mourinho drawing and Ancelotti losing their 31st home games in charge. West Brom, who have gone 20 league matches without a win, have only scored 16 goals all season and they come up against a Brighton side that has failed to score in eight of their 11 away games. Islam Slimani worked well in a mostly full strength Leicester side last time out, scoring two goals against Huddersfield Town.

Author's Verdict: The in-form side, Chelsea are favourites to win the clash.

If they are to get a result at Stamford Bridge however, they do need to get to grips with defending their own goal.

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