Chelsea v Leicester City – What odds


If we’re honest, Chelsea’s title defence was over before it even began this season

Chelsea’s title defence was over before it even began this season, mainly thanks to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City deciding that losing football matches was just one of those things that other people did.

There has been inconsistency on the pitch, usually, maddeningly, right in the middle of consistent runs of form, never more acutely highlighted than by their drab goalless draw with Championship side Norwich in the FA Cup last week.

And now, even more oddly, their season appears to have been turned into some weird freak sideshow of Blues boss Antonio Conte getting embroiled in a bitter war-of-words with Manchester counterpart Jose Mourinho.

This week, though, Conte has a chance to get one over on Mourinho on the pitch rather than in front of the press.

Conte has won 25 of his opening 30 home Premier League games as manager, no boss in the competition has won more of their opening 30. Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti also won 25, with Mourinho drawing and Ancelotti losing their 31st home games in charge.

If that record is to fall, it looks like being some very favourable opposition too.

Leicester have lost 12 of their last 14 games against Chelsea in all competitions, and they are winless in their last 12 away Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition (W0 D3 L9) – losing each of the last five.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are on a seven-match winning run at Stamford Bridge, so it’s hard to envisage anything but another home win when deciding where to put your money.

Davide Zappacosta is currently on an odd little scoring streak so may be a good punt in the goalscorer markets at 13/2 with 888.

Another to consider is Jamie Vardy given that, since August 2014, he has scored more Premier League goals against ‘big six’ opposition than any other player (22 goals in 41 apps).

888 have Vardy priced at 9/1 to open the scoring, with a Vardy first goalscorer and Chelsea win priced at around 12/1.