Fresh from their European heroics, Chelsea travel to the Midlands on Saturday to take on a struggling Leicester at the King Power.
Leicester looked to have started to put a run together at the beginning of the month, picking up consecutive big wins against Aston Villa and Tottenham, before that came to a close at Old Trafford. The Foxes were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United, followed by a defeat to Arsenal at home. Brendan Rodger’s side have regressed even further in recent weeks, going into the weekend after two poor results in a row. Leicester were knocked out the FA Cup in a shock 2-1 home defeat to Championship side Blackburn, before losing to a Southampton side last weekend that were bottom of the table prior to kick-off on Saturday.
The three league defeats on the bounce have left Leicester in the midst of a very tight relegation scrap; just six points separate Bournemouth at the bottom with 12th place Crystal Palace. Leicester make up one of those teams in the bottom half, in 15th place as part of the cluster of teams that sit close to the bottom three. The Foxes are just two points from safety, with West Ham and Leeds the buffer to Everton in 18th. With the sides all so close together at the bottom, Leicester need to start picking up results otherwise they could find themselves being dragged in to the danger zone.
Chelsea have also had a disappointing league campaign to say the least, as the Blue sit firmly in midtable. Graham Potter struggled to get his team moving in the right direction, coming under scrutiny in recent months, but Chelsea managed to ease that pressure in their last league game, with the West London outfit picking up all three points in a tight home win over struggling Leeds. It ended a run of three straight defeats in all competitions, after six games in all competitions without a win.
Potter’s men continued with that momentum to put on a great showing in midweek as the Blues booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinal. Chelsea were impressive at home to Borussia Dortmund to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, as goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havetz secured the 2-0 win on the night at Stamford Bridge. The Blues faithful will be hoping that it’s the start of a run that will reinvigorate their season after two huge results. They currently sit 10th, four points behind ninth-place Brentford despite playing a game more than the Bees.
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