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Chelsea vs Leicester Betting: Back Hazard or Pedro to Open

Matthew Glazier for Bookies.com

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Chelsea vs Leicester Betting: Back Hazard or Pedro to Open

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We’re nearing the halfway stage of the Premier League season and Chelsea are doing enough to land a spot in next season’s Champions League as things stand.

Maurizio Sarri always proclaimed that this would be a season of rebuilding for his new team although they have a healthy return of thirty-seven points from their seventeen matches played, with the bookies making them solid favourites to win this Saturday afternoon clash.

Bet365 lift their heads above the parapet with a 4/11 quote about the London side beating a Leicester side who might have a new manager in place before the end of 2018. It appears that Claude Puel’s days are starting to look numbered at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester to Play Conservatively

Supporters have been critical of a fairly turgid style of play and William Hill are prepared to chalk up a double-figures quote of 10/1 about the Midlands side becoming the first team to land victory at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season.

The objective for the visitors will be to keep things tight and Betfair have 9/2 that the game ends in a draw. Three teams have managed to take a point from trips to the Bridge including Everton who landed a goalless draw and No Goalscorer is available at 12/1 with Ladbrokes for those who think that they can thwart Chelsea.

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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester are without a goal in their previous two encounters, drawing a blank at home to Tottenham before a 1-0 reverse at Crystal Palace. Indeed, the Foxes have scored just four times in their previous seven matches and that gives us a reason to pick out a particular bet.

Chelsea are trading at odds-against to win this match and keep a clean sheet. Bet365 offer 6/5 and it’s a fair price considering that Sarri’s side successfully shut out Manchester City at the Bridge recently, while they are free from European distractions for a couple of months.

The Blues have conceded seven goals in their nine home matches although four of these came against Arsenal and Manchester United, with lesser teams generally struggling to break past N’Golo Kante and Jorginho before having to contend with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.

Back a Hazard or Pedro Opener

Indeed, Chelsea have a settled team and Eden Hazard is back to scoring ways after a sumptuous goal at Brighton last weekend, with the Belgian trading at 10/3 (BetVictor) to score the opener in this clash.

Alternatively, Pedro is trading at 9/2 with Ladbrokes and the Spaniard is currently playing in an advanced role for a soccer team who seem more confident without a central striker and it’s hard to see how Leicester are going to keep them at bay for the ninety minutes.

This could be the result that sends Puel packing and perhaps the home supporters will be treated to a handsome victory, with Chelsea currently available at 8/1 with bet365 to enjoy a 3-0 win, while you can push the boat out a little further and get a 4-0 win at 15/1 with BetVictor..

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Matthew Glazier for Bookies.com
Matthew Glazier
Matthew Glazier, the former Head of Marketing at bet365, is a veteran in the online betting industry and contributes to Bookies.com.