Leicester City have the chance to go top of the Premier League table if they can pile more misery on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at the King Power Stadium tonight.
The Foxes are currently third in the standings and level on points with second placed Manchester City but following Liverpool’s 0-0 stalemate with league leaders Manchester United on Sunday, the door has been left ever so slightly ajar for Leicester to claim top spot should they see off Chelsea.
Admittedly Manchester City are probably in better shape overall, but no one can doubt Leicester have been a force under Brendan Rodgers this season as they look to firmly maintain themselves in the title picture.
Rodgers learned his craft as a coach in Chelsea’s youth ranks whilst Frank Lampard was breaking records as a player at Stamford Bridge – victory for his Foxes side at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday will heap more pressure on the Blues legend with Chelsea only able to reach as high as sixth with a win.
The London club did win last time out against local rivals Fulham, ending a spell which saw Chelsea win just one of their previous six Premier League games.
The seventh placed Blues remain four points off the Champions League places – arguably the bare minimum fans would expect from this campaign considering the £200m spent on players in the summer.
One such addition during that time was Ben Chilwell, who arguably has been the most impressive performer amongst the Chelsea new boys. The England defender will travel to his old stomping ground on Tuesday for the first time since leaving Leicester.
Recent form dictates Leicester are more likely to come up trumps in this contest, but Chelsea have only lost one of their last twelve meetings with the Foxes in all competitions.
Frank Lampard won’t have Fikayo Tomori available for the trip as the defender is on the verge of completing a loan switch to Serie A leaders AC Milan for the remainder of the season.
Aside from that the Blues boss has a fully fit squad to choose from, with defenders Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta in contention after recovering from recent knocks.
N’Golo Kante was suspended against Fulham last time out but has now served his ban and should make the travelling squad.
For Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers will be without Dennis Praet for a number of weeks due to injury – another blow in a season which has already had its fair share of fitness problems for the Foxes.
Some brighter news though is that Ricardo Pereira could be involved again, with the influential defender’s involvement on Saturday the first time he has made a Premier League matchday squad this season.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has a fearsome record against ‘big six’ top flight sides, and although he limped off against Southampton last time out, Rodgers is confident he will be available to face Chelsea.
Leicester City v Chelsea kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday 19th January.