Sunday 18 August: 4.30pm KO
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Chelsea put on an improved performance against Liverpool in the European Pointless, sorry Super Cup on Wednesday. They are still looking for their first win of the new season and take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. City drew their first game of the season 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This game doesn’t start until Sunday afternoon and by then Chelsea could be bottom of the Premier League. That’s not quite how Frank Lampard would want to start his time as manager of Chelsea. The club hero may soon find out that the cheers turn to boos if they lose another game.
Chelsea’s league season got off to a decent start with a reasonable first half at Old Trafford. It all went downhill in the second half and the away day blues arrived as they ended up losing 4-0 to Manchester United. The defeat showed the problems that Chelsea have this season. Blooding young players is good for the club’s future (though knowing Chelsea they’ll just end up selling them) but it’s going to be a struggle to make the top four this season. It’s 9/5 (2.8) at Ladbrokes that Chelsea finish in the Champions League positions.
Lampard would probably have liked to spend the week on the training ground. Instead, he found his team having to head to Istanbul to play in the European Super Cup. Representing England, Lampard’s team began without a single English player on the pitch.
They put in a better performance against Liverpool taking the lead in the first half. The game ended up going to penalties with Liverpool denying Lampard his first trophy as Chelsea boss. It’s still two defeats in a row and another has to be avoided in this game. They are 4/5 (1.8) at SkyBet to beat Leicester on Sunday.
Chelsea will have had a decent amount of time to recover from their Istanbul exploits. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of team Lampard selects for this game. Will he stick with the experienced players that did well in Istanbul or go for the young players used at Old Trafford. His main job is to try and find a mixture of the two that will start getting his side wins.
Leicester City had a busy time in the transfer window. Acquisitions included Ayoze Perez, Yoeri Tielemans and James Justin. However, they did lose Harry Maguire to Manchester United and he hasn’t been properly replaced. That’s what happens when you spend weeks negotiating a major transfer.
They will be hoping for a better season than last term. Brendan Rodgers has done well since he joined them from Celtic but he still has a lot of work to do to get the former champions back into the top six. Betfair will give you 4/1 (5.0) on City getting a top six finish.
City didn’t suffer any defensive nightmares in their opening league game. They drew 0-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. They will want to get off the mark with a win sooner rather than later and repeating last season’s success at Stamford Bridge You can get odds of 4/1 (5.0) at Betway on them getting a win on Sunday.
Chelsea only lost one home league game last season and that was to Leicester City. Jamie Vardy got the winner that day and he’s 7/4 (2.75) at Bet365 to get a goal on Sunday. Chelsea have only won one of their four home games against City.
No major injury problems reported.
Low Scoring Affair?
Three of the last four games played between these two sides have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. Two have ended in goalless affairs. There are odds of 4/5 (1.8) on under 2.5 goals being scored in this match if your bet is placed at Paddy Power.
Both teams are still looking for their first win of the season. Chelsea have put in two very different performances as the search for the right mix of youth and experience continues. Home form was strong last season but they did lose to Leicester. A bet on a draw with under 2.5 goals has odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Coral.