The last Premier League fixture, for Chelsea, before Christmas Day descends upon us all, sees Leicester City arrive at Stamford Bridge for a traditional 15:00 hours Saturday kick-off.
Chelsea, keen to enhance their chances of getting that crucial top-four finish come May, will be looking to take the three points on offer.
However, Leicester City remain one of those enigmatic sides who are quite capable of pulling off an upset, even more so if Jamie Vardy is fit and able to use his electric pace to reach those balls over the top that Leicester City are so fond of utilising.
So, which way do we see this fixture going?
Mark Lawrenson, writing for the BBC
has commented about Chelsea having bounced back from that unwelcome defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, remarking:
“Chelsea seem to be back on track following their defeat by Wolves at the start of December.
“To finish in the top four you need the ability to respond to a poor result by putting together a run of wins. The Blues have clearly got that – and having Eden Hazard obviously helps too.”
The former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender reckons Chelsea, even if Jamie Vardy does recover from a groin injury to play, will run out 2-0 winners.
As for me, for once, I have that gut-feeling that Lawrenson has got it spot on and a win, allied with a clean-sheet, will set Chelsea up nicely for a festive fixture programme that also sees us play Watford (a), Crystal Palace (a) and Southampton (h).
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