Chelsea’s 5-0 hammering of Stoke City marked a perfect end to a good year for the Blues. It helped them prepare for their first clash of the New Year, a mouthwatering clash against their North London rivals Arsenal. Manchester City’s continued dominance at the top means that the Champions are now 16 points adrift of the league leaders. Antonio Conte has effectively ruled his team out of the race and will now look to consolidate on a top-four place. A win against Leicester will help the Blues regain some confidence who have now been winless for the last three matches in all competitions.
The Blues have already suffered their four Premier League defeats in the season in just 21 matches and have drawn four matches. Conte will know the significance of every win now with the race for top four already heating up. Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and surprise package Burnley are all within shooting distance of Chelsea and slipping up against weaker sides like Leicester City is simply not an option for the Italian.
Last time out when the two sides faced each other, the Blues stole an exciting 2-1 win at the Leicester’s home. With the Blues this time hosting the Foxes at the Bridge, here is how Conte will look to set his team up for a match the Blues will be expected to win comfortably.
Thibaut Courtois will be expected in goal once again for the Champions. The defensive three is expected to have David Luiz returning to regular Premier League action. Cesar Azpilicueta will be one of the three centre-backs. Andreas Christensen who missed a couple of sitters the last match is expected to be given some rest with Gary Cahill expected to restart his duties at the back and have the armband on the night to lead the Blues.
Marcos Alonso will prepare for what will be his umpteenth match this season as a left wing back with Davide Zappacosta expected on the right side after scoring an impressive goal against Stoke City.
Tiemoue Bakayoko along with N’Golo Kante can be expected at the base of the midfield with Cesc Fabregas up ahead of them. Danny Drinkwater who scored a scorcher in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Stoke City will be back on the bench after playing against Arsenal.
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