2:00 AM (AEDST) Sunday, January 14 at Stamford Bridge, London
Round 23 of the Premier League begins on Sunday when champions Chelsea play hosts to an in form Leciester City outfit.
Chelsea: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Willian; Morata.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndldl, Iborra, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
There have been 97 previous League clashes between these two outfits, with The Blues winning 46 games to The Foxes 24, while 27 games have resulted in a draw. Their most recent encounter was earlier this season where Chelsea picked up a hard fought 2-1 win.
Defending champions Chelsea will be hoping to return to their impressive form from last season which saw them win 30 of their 38 games. They opened their Premier League campaign with a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley, but bounced back to topple the second best side last season, Tottenham, 2-1 to get their season underway. They then beat Everton 2-0 and Leicester City 2-1 before a scoreless draw with Arsenal in Round 5. The Blues then belted Stoke 4-0 before dropping consecutive games to League leaders Manchester City 1-0 and the last placed Crystal Palace 2-1. They bounced back with wins against Watford 4-2 and Bournemouth 1-0. Chelsea then overcame fellow heavyweights Manchester United 1-0 and then hammered West Brom 4-0. Chelsea were then held to a draw with Liverpool before beating Swansea 1-0 and Newcastle 3-1. After they went down to the Hammers 1-0, Chelsea has beaten Huddersfield 3-1 and Southampton 1-0, then drew nil all with Chelsea before beating Brighton 2-0 and Stoke 5-0. Their last League game was against Gunners and resulted in a 2 all draw.
Leicester opened their season with a high scoring loss to heavyweight side Arsenal 4-3 before beating newly promoted Brighton 2-0. In Round 3 the Foxes fell to Man U 2-0 and followed it up with a 2-1 loss to yet another heavyweight side in Chelsea. In Round 5 they were held to a 1 all draw with another promoted side Huddersfield. They then fell 3-2 to Liverpool before back-to-back draws with Bournemouth and West Brom. They have since beaten Swansea and Everton before a 2 all draw in Round 11 against Stoke. They then Lost 2-0 to Man City and then had a draw with Hammers before winning their next four straight games against Spurs, Burnley, Newcastle and Southampton. They lost heavily to the lowly Crystal Palace by 3-0, then had a draw with Man U and a 2-1 loss to Watford. The Foxes lost 2-1 again to Liverpool before hammering Huddersfield 3-0.
Morata v Vardy – The strikers for both sides have been in good form recently and will be set to have a big clash here.
Chelsea at home should win this match.