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Match Preview: Leicester City vs Chelsea

The King Power Stadium hosts the last two title winners

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Leicester City (1-0-2) vs Chelsea (2-0-1)

Saturday 10:00 AM ET King Power Stadium

Leicester City looks to keep their unbeaten streak at home going when they face the champions of last season Chelsea. Chelsea have looked have overcome their rocky start to the season, a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley, to win two on the bounce against Tottenham and Everton.

How to watch

You’ll need NBC’s Premier League Pass in order to watch this one unfortunately.

The Competition

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata has been on fire since joining the squad. Two goals and two assists in his opening two games at home gave him a Premier League record, but his away form is unproven yet, so let’s hope that trend continues Saturday.

Chelsea v Everton - Premier League
Morata’s second goal as a Blue
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

This also could be the first time Danny Drinkwater faces his old teammates since joining Chelsea on deadline day.

The Foxes

Despite losing Drinkwater, Leicester added some fresh faces on deadline day with defender Aleksandar Dragovic coming in on a season long loan, and whatever you want to call the Adrien Silva saga. Namplays Mendy will also spend the rest of the season on loan at Nice.

Fresh off a loss to Manchester United, Leicester will have to rise to the occasion if they want to claim all three points on the day. This will be the first match back since the transfer window shut, and there’s been all sorts of media reports of key Leicester players wanting out since that day, so it will be interesting to see the attitudes of each player.

The Lineups

Here are the predicted starting 11’s for each side.

Predicted starting 11 for Chelsea
Predicted starting 11 for Leicester

The appointed official for this match is Lee Mason.

The History

You’d have to go back to 2000/2001 to find the last time Leicester completed the season double over Chelsea, but I doubt you’ll have to search too far into your memory to conjure up images of that fantastic 2-1 win during the title winning season. Last year Chelsea won both matches 3-0, but I expect that won’t be the case come Saturday.

The Prediction

I was way off my rocker when I predicted a goal fest last time out against Manchester United, but I do think Saturday’s match will be a thriller for the supporters. 2-1 is a number that comes up often when looking into the previous scorelines of these two clubs and I see no reason for that to change here in 2017. While I honestly think it could go either way, given my dad is a Chelsea supporter, I’m hoping we pull out the last minute win for bragging rights sake.