This Saturday, 15 October 2016, all eyes are glued at Stamford Bridge as former champions, Chelsea take on champions, Leicester. It is a lunch time kick off (2; 30 East African TIME) and the first game of the English Premier League (EPL) match day eight. Both teams are on and off form and therefore it is a hard one to predict.
The good news for the former champions is that skipper John Terry is bound to make an appearance for his side. Terry returned to training this week after an ankle injury against Swansea City on match day four. Terry’s absence has been deeply felt by the Chelsea team and even the fans basing on the inconsistency of their defence. This crisis had earlier on forced the Blues manager, Antonio Conte to continuously change his defensive options.
However Conte’s side is to play without last season’s player of the season, Willian. Willian was handed a compassionate leave after the management thought that the Brazilian is exhausted. It is likely that Victor Moses is to start on the right wing as his efforts against Hull are still remarkable.
The last time Claudio Ranieri went with the Foxes to Stamford Bridge, it was a nice experience as he was given a guard of honour just after the Blues helped him claim championship after Hazard’s stunner levelled the game against Spurs. He also went to Stamford Bridge with N’Golo Kante, but this time round he is going to face him. So the questions is ‘’will Ranieri again enjoy his return to the West London club.’’
Chelsea beat Leicester 4-2 on their last encounter on 20 September 2016 during the EFL match at the King Power stadium. Last season Chelsea failed to win any game against Leicester, losing 1 and drawing 1. Leicester first won a game against Chelsea in 2000, Claudio Ranieri attended the match and was appointed Chelsea manager the next day.
Other match day 8 fixtures; Saturday, 15 2016, Arsenal vs. Swansea, Bournemouth vs. Hull, Man City vs. Everton, Stoke vs. Sunderland, West Brom vs. Tottenham, Crystal Palace vs. West Ham, Sunday, 16 October 2016, Middlesbrough vs. Watford, Southampton vs. Burnley. Monday, 17 October 2016, Liverpool vs. Man united.