Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Chelsea held 0-0 at home by Leicester

Chelsea held 0-0 at home by Leicester

But when they struggle, Antonio Conte does not have a Plan B or C to rescue them.

Speculation about his future only seems to be spurring Mahrez on and he was good again today, looking risky every time he carried ball forward and causing Chelsea all sorts of problems.

Vardy's return is a welcome boost for Leicester as they prepare to take on a Chelsea side who are undefeated in six matches in the league since a surprise 1-0 loss at West Ham United in December. His last goal came against Brighton on Boxing day.

The 25-year-old has squandered a series of glorious chances to find the net, not only against Stoke but also in the two games against Arsenal that followed: the league match which ended in a 2-2 draw and the recent 0-0 first leg Carabao Cup semifinal tie. The Englishman is in good form and has been on the scoresheet 10 times this season.

Tired Chelsea are feeling the strain from a busy schedule - but there's no let up coming for Antonio Conte's men, writes Peter Smith.

The striker will travel to Chelsea today after recovering from the groin injury which made him sit out the goalless draw at Highbury Stadium last Saturday.

Marc Albrighton, Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez are the players who are likely to provide the supporting act.

Captain Wes Morgan and defender Danny Simpson remain out with a hamstring problems but Vicente Iborra (hamstring) Christian Fuchs (illness) are available for the Foxes.

The week may have mostly been dominated by the transfer speculation surrounding most of Leicester City's players, but it's time the focus shifted back to the Premier League as the Foxes face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. I think we lost two points. Their first team has been out much more recently, however, in a mid week league cup tie against Arsenal. In truth, they didn't come close, with a Marcos Alonso free-kick, comfortably parried by Schmeichel, the best chance of note. However, the only thing he's missing is getting his name on the score sheet.

It may even surprise you to learnt that game was a win for Leicester City, ending a bad run of form.

"It was a good game for us, we showed a lot of quality, we played well, but if it were 11 v 11 I think we would have got the win", he said.

The result leaves the Blues praying that Manchester City can secure victory at Liverpool on Sunday.

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