Predicted Chelsea XI vs Leicester City
Antonio Conte needs to pick the best XI but will also have to prepare for the League Cup semi-final vs Arsenal
Chelsea go into the game with the aim of making it 9 home wins, while for Leicester City, the aim will be to end the 17-year-old win-less drought at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues might be on a good run at home, but still find themselves 16 points behind league leaders, Manchester City. The Foxes, on the other hand, are currently 8th on the Premier League table, and will also look to continue their push up the table.
Leicester City have lost 12 of their last 14 games vs Chelsea in all competition. They managed to win once and draw the other – both coming in their title-winning season.
Chelsea's last defeat to Leicester City at home was in September 2000. The Blues have won 16 and drawn 9 vs the Foxes since 1965 at the Bridge.
This will be Antonio Conte's 31st home game in the Premier League. Notably, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti lost their respective 31st games at home.
Thibaut Courtois has kept 5 clean sheets in the last 7 home games, but comes up against Jamie Vardy, who has a scored 22 goals in 41 games vs the Top 6.
Leicester City have not won any of their last 12 away games vs the Top 6 in the Premier League.
Chelsea will be without Ross Barkley as he continues his recovery. Apart from the Englishman, no other Chelsea player is facing any fitness issues.
Leicester City will welcome back Jamie Vardy. The striker missed the last two games because of a groin injury, but is fit to face the Premier League champions. However, Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson are ruled out of the game with hamstring problems.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-5-2)
Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata.