Premier League Picks & Odds for Chelsea vs. Leicester

Lee Phelps

Friday, August 22, 2014 6:51 AM GMT

I can’t get enough of Cesc Fabregas’ through ball for Andre Schurrle in Chelsea’s win over Burnley. I liked him as a bet for the PFA Player of the Year award and I like him even more now – it’s just a shame the bookies have been alerted to it now too!

Jose Mourinho’s men hit the ground running at Turf Moor, in a way I think the Clarets angered them, they’d have been better doing what I predicted: shutting up shop and going for a nil nil (it would have made my bet look better too!).

Apart from that early setback, Chelsea purred from back to front, with goals all over the pitch, including an opener from big signing Diego Costa, great passing and an attitude from the boss that exuded confidence. Whilst their title rivals were largely struggling past their opposition, the Blues did it in style.

Leicester started life well in the Premier League. They showed real fight to claw back Everton and get a draw in their first home game, albeit the manager should be a bit worried about conceding two goals at the King Power Stadium. They let in less than a goal a game in their Championship title winning season. They averaged scoring exactly two goals a game in front of their fans, so the positive is that run has continued into the top flight. Another big plus is Leonardo Ulloa hitting his first of the season and watching his overall play, I think he could fit into life with the big boys. The way he found space for his goal matched his finish, but can he do that against the Premier League favourites? Probably not.

The only way I can see the Foxes getting anything is what I predicted Burnley would do. Keep it water tight by maintaining a four at the back and a five man midfield, with one dropping in to protect the defence. Nigel Pearson is a very good organiser and they conceded less away from home last season than they did at home.

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It’s just hard to see how they can last for 90 minutes in front of a Stamford Bridge crowd on the first home game of the season. I’m really tempted to go for the HT draw and FT Chelsea again, despite what happened at Turf Moor. Half of me thinks Diego Costa will score two and however many players Leicester put behind the ball, another killer through ball will open it up with world class finishers on tap, it can only be three points to the Londoners.

I’m going to trust Pearson’s men to make it to half time without conceding though and have one more go at the HT Draw FT Chelsea. If you’re not as brave, but tend to agree, then look at the draw at 30 minutes for your soccer pick.