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Chelsea v Leicester City live & preview EPL 2016-17

Chelsea v Leicester City live & preview EPL 2016-17 Photo: TT

The Foxes will be looking to bring about a fresh defence of their unlikely title credentials after taking a meagre eight points from six games, when they go up against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It would be an understatement if one was to say that Leicester have failed to hit the heights of the previous campaign, and their fall from grace is quite similar to the one suffered by Chelsea in their dismal campaign under Jose Mourinho after winning the title in 2014/15.

This season, however, Chelsea have looked a force capable of fighting for the title again, with enfant terrible Diego Costa leading the Premier League goalscoring charts with six strikes to his name already.

The match may see John Terry making a possible comeback from injury, which bodes well for the London team. Leicester are most likely to remain unchanged having no injury problems to a squad that is pretty much the same as the one which took them to the title, except for the fact that N’Golo Kante is going to be on the opposition this time around.

Both teams go into the match with two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five games but they are still five places apart on the table, with Chelsea at sevetnh and Leicester languishing in the bottom half at 12th. The same fixture in last seasons campaign ended as a dead rubber tied at 1-1 while Leicester won 2-1 when this encounter took place at the King Power stadium.

History seems to be on the side of the home team, with Chelsea having played Leicester 20 times in the top flight, winning 11 of those and drawing five.

It promises to be a riveting encounter with talents such as Eden Hazard and Riyad Mahrez lining up against each other with both teams needing a win to keep their campaign on track after significantly more misses than hits going into GW8.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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