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Chelsea vs. Leicester City

12 January 2018

"He has good talent but must work harder to stay in the team", Puel said during his pre-match conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were in action on Wednesday night when the Blues settled for a goalless stalemate with Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

The defending Premier League champions played out a frustrated 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium last time out.

The England worldwide was forced to miss the Foxes' goalless draw in the FA Cup third-round against his former club Fleetwood Town at Highbury last Saturday because of the problem, but is back for the game at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead, before Jamie Vardy pulled one back from the penalty spot.

I was going to leave Bristol City out this weekend because they could well be exhausted from their near-heroic exploits at Man City on Tuesday, but they're odds against at home to an inconsistent Norwich side which has tempted me to back them to win or draw. However, such is Manchester City's domination in the Premier League this season, the Blues most likely find themselves looking to strengthen their position in the top three as they look to secure automatic qualification into the Champions League group stages.

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Chelsea vs. Leicester City

It'll be something of a makeshift defence for Leicester, who are still without Danny Simpson, skipper Wes Morgan, and former Chelsea centre-back Robert Huth.

Islam Slimani will be hoping to retain his place up front for the Foxes, with Jamie Vardy struggling to overcome a groin injury.

The home side have won eight out of their eleven home games this season, winning their last seven in a row at Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes have conceded 18 goals in only 11 games on the road and have only managed to keep one clean away from the King Power Stadium - the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth back in September.

Leicester have a pretty decent record on their travels this season.

Chelsea vs. Leicester City