Suffering an opening weekend 4-0 defeat away at Old Trafford and also seeing their Super Cup dreams come shattering apart out in Istanbul on Wednesday, Chelsea will be glad to make a return to Stamford Bridge when they welcome Leicester to West London on Sunday.
With new boss Frank Lampard seeing his youthful squad take a hefty amount of criticism in Manchester last week, the arrival of a revitalized Leicester could prove to be a tough afternoons work for the former Derby boss.
The Foxes secured a 0-0 draw against fellow European contenders Wolves in their Premier League opener last weekend.
Although Lampard might be seeking his first Premier League victory, the former England midfielder will be more than aware that his side have famously struggled when coming up against the Foxes.
Sunday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last three meetings against Brendan Rodgers’ men, including a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge back in December. You will be interested to know that a similar shock result can be found at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
Lampard’s selection dilemma
Along with shipping four at Old Trafford and having his selection ridiculed by the likes of Jose Mourinho, there remain some glaring defensive issues in West London.
Chelsea have shipped two or more goals in each of their last five contests, including a trio of goals against the likes of Reading and Red Bull Salzburg during pre-season.
Sadly for Lampard, while their new Head Coach might have dreams of securing their top-four status, their leaky start to the new campaign has seen those ambitions take a dent with the bookmakers.
Chelsea are currently pencilled in at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to secure a top-four finish come May, behind both Arsenal and Manchester United who both sit at 11/10.
Elsewhere, one man who is almost certain to make his first Premier League start of the season on Sunday is the returning N’Golo Kante.
Despite suffering penalties heartbreak against Liverpool out in Turkey on Wednesday, the former Leicester ace was Chelsea’s standout performer and he will likely not be the only Frenchman who has retained his spot in Lampard’s starting XI.
With Tammy Abraham missing the vital penalty shootout spot-kick in midweek, Olivier Giroud could be set to lead the line after finding the net against Liverpool on Wednesday.
As Lampard’s search to find his first choice #9 continues, the 32-year-old can be found at 7/5 with Bet365 to open his Premier League account against the Foxes this weekend.
Leicester’s European charge
Although second-half VAR drama may have seen Leicester snatch a point and a clean sheet off of Wolves last weekend, Brendan Rodgers was quick to praise his youth side.
“At this time of the season it’s never going to be perfect but I’m really pleased with the attitude.”
Appearing to show no real cause for concern following Harry Maguire’s record-breaking move to Old Trafford, Caglar Soyuncu done an admirable job filling the 26-year-olds void and will once again partner Johnny Evans at the heart of their defence.
With their sights firmly set on securing a European return for the King Power, the former Celtic boss sees his side pencilled in at 7/2 with Bet365, only behind Everton who sit at 10/3.
One man who should really be relishing the chance to come up against a Chelsea defence that have been conceding goals at a worrying rate is Leicester’s attacking talisman, Jamie Vardy.
Along with bagging 18 Premier League strikes last season, the now-former England international holds a stellar record against top-six opposition.
Vardy has recorded 34 goals against the top-flight elite and can be found at 2/1 with Bet365 to extend that record this weekend.
Betting tip: Leicester draw no bet – 5/2 @ SkyBet