Leicester City vs Chelsea: Predicted Line-ups
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 18, 2021 in London, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Peter Cziborra - Pool/Getty Images)

Leicester City will welcome Chelsea to the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon, for the early kick-off at 12:30, seeing the return of the Premier League after an international break.

Leicester face their toughest test of the season so far, as they take on the league leaders and champions of Europe.

After the Foxes’ poor start, finding themselves 12th, Brendan Rodgers’ side will hope to earn something from the game.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have started the season superbly, but did suffer a slip up in their last game, being held to a draw at home by Burnley

Chelsea will be confident of picking up maximum points in the East-Midlands this weekend, but the Emirates FA Cup holders have a tendency to turn up against the big boys. 

Leicester City 

Leicester have a few injury concerns heading into the clash, but Rodgers will still be confident in his squad.

Kasper Schmeichel is certain to start in goal on Saturday, playing maximum minutes this season, he’s definite not to be dropped.

Ricardo Pereira is expected to start on the right side of a back four, with Timothy Castagne on the left. Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans are likely to make up the center half pairing. 

It’s been confirmed that Youri Tielemans will remain out for a few weeks, with Boubakary Soumare likely to replace him. Wilfred Ndidi is expected to partner the Frenchman. In the number 10 role could be James Maddison, who now has a crucial role of supplying creativity with no Tielemans in the side. 

A front three is expected, with Ademola Lookman on the right side, Harvey Barnes on the left and Leicester veteran Jamie Vardy up front for the Foxes

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne; Lookman, Ndidi, Soumare, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy. 

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Tuchel has some major injury concerns going into the game but has no fresh injury concerns.

Edouard Mendy has the most clean sheets this season, and has cemented his place as Europe’s top goalkeepers. He is expected to start in goal for the Blues.

Chelsea have opted for a back three this season, it could be unchanged from their last game with Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger likley to start. 

Reece James has been in good form recently, and is likely to take place on the right, while former Leicester left back, Ben Chilwell, is expected to play on the left.

Mateo Kovacic remains out, so Ngolo Kante and Jorginho are likely going to make up ground in the center of the park.

Just behind the striker is likely to be Callum Hudson-Odio and Hakim Ziyech. In a false nine position could be Kai Havertz, with Romelu Lukaku out and Timo Werner a doubt. 

Chelsea XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech; Havertz.