Chelsea v Leicester City tips – Costa set for a field day

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Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the gameduring the Premier League match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull.


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Betting Tip: Chelsea @ 3/5 with ladbrokes

Leicester have lost as many Premier League matches this season than they did for the whole of the 2015/16 campaign, although the Foxes were never going to emulate that freak title success which saw them win by no less than ten points.

Claudio Ranieri has to juggle Champions League obligations with domestic duties and, although the Italian has fielded strong teams in both competitions, there can be little doubt that the excitement of European action is distracting his charges for bread-and-butter games.

Leicester haven’t been helped by having to travel to Anfield and Old Trafford, although their defence has looked porous in both of those games and the writing was on the wall when losing 2-1 at Hull on the opening day of the season.

The defence remains the same as last season, although Wes Morgan and Robert Huth no longer look like the oak trees that helped City become champions, with corners a particular Achilles Heel against Manchester United.

It explains why Paddy Power are happy to go 11/2 about Leicester winning at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, with this bookmaker offering you money back if your team is losing at half-time in this game.

Ranieri won’t be treating a return to his former employers lightly, although there is Tuesday’s clash against FC Copenhagen to take into account and another victory should see them very close to qualifying for the last sixteen of the competition.

On the flip side, the Foxes have kept consecutive clean sheets in recent matches against Porto and Southampton although this watertight quality vanishes when they head away from the King Power Stadium.

Chelsea enjoyed three straight Premier League wins before the wheels started to fall off against Liverpool and Arsenal, although a 2-0 victory at Hull saw Antonio Conte reshape the defence and play a 3-5-2 formation.

Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were the unlikely wing-backs selected, with Diego Costa returning to the scoresheet and it is now eight goals for the Spanish international.

Costa seems a lot more focused this season and slightly less prone to bust-ups with opposition players. He might be a yellow card away from suspension although we think a goal is more likely from the Blues striker than a booking next weekend.

Betting Tip: Chelsea @ 3/5 with ladbrokes

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