Chelsea take on the visitors Leicester in the postponed round 27 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, May 19th at Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea left a rather controversial impression with their performances in the 2021/2022 draw. It was expected that the representative of London will put up a real resistance to Manchester City with Liverpool. But the reality of the competition remained only until the beginning of winter. Gradually, since December, the Blues began to fall further and further behind a couple of favorites there. On the other hand, Tottenham and other pursuers were already very unstable, so there was no risk of finishing below the top 4 for Thomas Tuchel’s wards. Even though the results here are weak in the last rounds: 2 wins with 3 losses in 7 fights. In parallel, the British finished the fight in the Champions League already in the quarter-finals – this is after winning in 2021. The last chance to somehow please the fans was the FA Cup final. But there last Saturday was another meeting with Liverpool, and, as in the League Cup, the Reds won on penalties. Now there is definitely nothing to fight for.
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Leicester this season took a step back, and a very serious one. And not only in the championship – in the cup there was a crushing defeat from the modest Nottingham Forest, in the Europa League the British finished in 3rd place in the group. This, however, this time did not lead to relegation, but to the transition to the Conference League. There, the British went through not only Randers, but also Rennes with PSV. But then, in the semi-final, Rodgers faced his Chelsea teacher, Mourinho. Well, the student failed the test: Leicester only drew at home and lost because of Abraham’s away goal. Having left the European competitions completely, the Foxes, it seems, tried to save the results in the domestic arena. They won both of their last rounds, however, the opponents were frankly weak there too: 3-0 at home with Norwich and 5-1 away with Watford. This leaves the chances for 7th place, but so far Wolverhampton are 3 points ahead.
Leicester won two head-to-heads in a row at the start of last calendar year, including in the 2021 cup final. But after that, Chelsea won both in the past and already in the current championship. Chelsea are left without Chilwell, Havertz and Hudson-Odoi. Leicester are without Ndidi, Bertrand and Pereira. Bookmakers consider Chelsea to be the undisputed favorite. But he is not in shape now, and Leicester in May on the courage. We recommend betting on the neutral option with «total over 2.5 goals»