‘Will it unsettle them?’: Paul Merson makes his prediction for Leicester v Chelsea
Paul Merson has given his prediction ahead of Leicester against Chelsea this weekend at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester host Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday afternoon for the first game back after the international break.
For Leicester, they are looking to move up the league table from 12th after an average start to the campaign. Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s side will temporarily extend their lead at the top to six points with a victory in the weekend’s early kick-off.
Pundit Merson is tipping the Blues to continue their strong campaign with a 2-1 win on the road.
He’s suggesting that hosts Leicester may fall to defeat because of the speculation regarding the future of their manager Brendan Rodgers. Foxes boss Rodgers has today dismissed speculation linking him to Manchester United, though.
“It’s a tough game for Chelsea, but the truth is Leicester City aren’t in great form and there’s a lot going on at the club at the moment,” Merson said.
“There’s so much talk about Brendan Rodgers potentially replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, so will it unsettle them? They were well beaten by Arsenal and need to return to their best to have a realistic chance of going toe-to-toe with Chelsea.
“I’m going to go for a Chelsea win. They were by far the better team against Burnley but weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal. The Premier League will come back and bite you in the backside if you don’t take your chances and that was exactly the case with Chelsea before the international break. They have a lot of injured players at the moment, but Chelsea’s squad is massive and they should be able to cope.”
Chelsea boost ahead of Leicester
Blues supporters will be waiting for a full breakdown from their manager Tuchel on Friday when it comes to the squad’s fitness.
However, the club gave a sneak peak on Thursday by confirming Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Marcos Alonso participated in “full training” after their respective problems recently.
It looks like the Blues are working their way back to a full group.
If everyone in the squad is fit, Tuchel is going to have a real headache leaving so many quality players out of the line-up.
Chelsea infamously lost last season’s FA Cup final 1-0 to Leicester at Wembley.
In addition, Leicester won the last meeting between the two teams at the King Power Stadium by a 2-0 scoreline.
Tuchel’s side can take the memory of a 2-0 home win against the Foxes the last time they faced each other in May.
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