Chelsea plays Leicester City at Stamford Bridge as the 2019-20 English Premier League action continues on August 18, 2019.
Chelsea is the 6th most valuable football club in the world according to the 2019 Forbes ranking. They are also one of the most successful football teams in England with 6 top flight titles, 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 2 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 UEFA Super Cup. Five of their six First League/Premier League titles have come in the last two decades, the last of which was in 2017. Frank Lampard is their new head coach and the team has added Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic to strengthen their squad for the coming term. Chelsea heads to this matchup as the soccer betting favorites to beat Leicester City.
These are the players for Chelsea as of July 24, 2019:
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 2 DF Antonio Rudiger, 3 DF Marcos Alonso, 5 MF Jorginho, 6 MF Danny Drinkwater, 7 MF N’Golo Kante, 8 MF Ross Barkley, 11 FW Pedro, 12 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 13 GK Willy Caballero, 14 MF Tiemoue Bakayoko, 16 FW Kenedy, 17 MF Mateo Kovacic, 18 FW Olivier Giroud, 20 FW Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21 DF Davide Zappacosta, 22 FW Willian, 23 FW Michy Batshuayi, 27 DF Andreas Christiansen, 28 DF Cesar Azpilicueta (captain), 30 DF David Luz, 33 DF Emerson Palmieri, FW Tammy Abraham, MF Marco Van Ginkel, MF Mason Mount, FW Cristian Pulisic, and 5 DF Kurt Zouma.
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 7/30/19
Leicester City is one of six clubs to win the Premier League title since its inception in 1992. The Foxes won the Premier League in 2015-16, their first top-flight title. They were dubbed as the “Unbelievables” for that victory considering that they were soccer betting favorites to face relegation at the start of the season. Throughout their history, they have played all but one year in the top two divisions of English football. Brendan Rodgers took over after Claude Puel was sacked last February with Leicester City in 12th place. The team improved to 9th under Rodgers during the final reckoning of the previous term.
Here is the player for Leicester City as of July 08, 2019:
1 GK Kasper Schmeichel (vice-captain), 3 DF Ben Chilwell, 4 DF Caglar Soyuncu, 5 DF Wes Morgan, 6 DF Jonny Evans, 7 FW Demarai Gray, 8 FW Kelechi Iheanacho, 9 FW Jamie Vardy, 10 MF James Madison, 11 MF Marc Albrighton, 12 GK Danny Ward, 14 DF Ricardo Pereira, 15 DF Harry Maguire, 16 DF Flip Benkovic, 17 GK Eldin Jakupovic, 18 DF Daniel Amartey, 19 MF Harvey Barnes, 22 Matty James, 23 MF Adrien Silva, 24 MF Nampalys Mendy, 25 MF Wilfred Ndidi, 27 FW Fousseni Diabate, 28 DF Christian Fuchs, 31 FW Rachid Ghezzal, 33 MF Bartosz Kapustka, 35 DF Callum Elder, 37 MF Andy King, 38 MF Hamza Choudhury, DF James Justin, MF Youri Tielemans, FW Ayoze Perez, FW Islam Slimani
While it isn’t certain yet, it does appear that Harry Maguire may be on his way out of Leicester City and that’s the main concern there. Maguire is a key figure in Leicester City and after his strong showing during the last term and at the World Cup, he will surely be missed if he goes. And if he does leave, a replacement must be bought and whoever it will be, he is going to take time to adjust to Brendan Rodgers’ style of play.
Chelsea had a positive finish to the previous term. They edged out Tottenham for 4th place in the final Premier League table and they beat Arsenal 4-1 to take the Europa League final. However, this team lost a pair of vital cogs during the offseason as Eden Hazard moved to Real Madrid and Maurizio Sarri transferred to Juventus. The transfer business saw them add Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic though.
Frank Lampard must be pleased with his first couple of weeks with Chelsea. In five matches, they have won three and drawn once. That will be good enough, for now. But when the season begins, that’s where the real battle begins and he hopes to get his boys ready by then. Against Leicester City, I think Chelsea will be more than ready to take the victory. Prediction: Chelsea