LONDON IS BLUE COMMUNITY PREDICTIONS
Welcome to the new London Is Blue podcast community match predictions. Being the very first here, we will be posting the views of quite a limited number of the London Is Blue podcast community members but we hope over time, and from here on, you can send us your opinions on possible outcomes of subsequent matches as comments on the LIB Facebook page or as messages on the community WhatsApp group. You can trust we’ll post the best views on the website.
With the second international break of the 2016/2017 season over there were many wins, goals, injury scares for our first team hopefuls (Chalobah and RLC). Everyone scoring a 100% in his prediction game by simply laughing off the ridiculously silly rumours of the great Bonucci coming in while our very own most talented player heads the other way, it’s time to do a little tougher prediction. Welcome back, club football. We did miss you.
It really would have been all smiles this weekend but sadly, despite a long fight with cancer, Willian’s mom passed away. It’s never easy to lose a dear one and our thoughts will be with Willian. We hope he finds the strength to bear the loss and come back soon. May her soul rest in peace.
CHELSEA FC VS LEICESTER CITY
(Stamford Bridge. 15/10/2016. 12:30pm)
Having had a fairytale 2015/2016 season, one that saw us lose against them in one of our two league matches and settle for a point in the other, the 2016/2017 season has started out as a reality check for the Premier League defending champions, Leicester City. Seven league matches into the season and they have two wins, two draws and three loses, scoring 8 and conceding 11. Meanwhile, Conte’s Chelsea has had four wins, one draw and two losses, scoring 12 and conceding 9 (5 in the horrible performances against Liverpool and Arsenal). Thankfully, we got back on the right track against Hull last time out. Leicester, on the other hand, is coming to Stamford Bridge having been held to a goalless draw at home by Southampton before the break.
For Chelsea, this could have counted as easy three points waiting to be taken seasons ago. Not this season though. Just as it wasn’t last season. Although we did knock them out of this season’s league cup through a Fabregas-inspired extra time win, having come from two silly Okazaki goals behind, they rested quite a few first eleven members.
Leicester may play in a 4-4-2 formation with fast defense terrorizing wingers and strikers, including the league’s player of the year, Mahrez and the ever dangerous Vardy but we also have Hazard and Costa coming back from international duties in good form to cause equal or more problems for their defenders.
Lately, Conte has switched to playing three at the back. This change helped us not further embarrass ourselves at the Emirates against Arsenal and saw us keep a rare clean sheet against Hull City last time out.
The members of our backline against Hull involved in international duties: Courtois and Cahill, have both had three consecutive clean sheets for club and countries. Another positive to take from those matches is that Courtois was more vocal, shouting at his players when he had to. Add to that the high possibility of our captain, leader and legend, John Terry being available for the first time since the Swansea game to help bring back the much-needed discipline in defense. I do not expect Zouma to start though. The best that can happen is that he makes the bench.
So, how do you think it will end when Chelsea and Leicester City lock horns this weekend, and why?
Here are the opinions of some members of the London Is Blue community.
BRANDON AND NAVANEETH
Our defense can’t keep a clean sheet and our offensive players (Costa, Willian, Hazard) all had good international breaks. Drinkwater might also miss the game due to injury. 2-1 win.
Our attacking players are in form but I still do not trust three at the back or our wings. We can easily concede. 3-1 win.
With JT back, our defense will be a little better. Might be three or four at the back but I guess we’ll manage a clean sheet. A 2-0 win.
A 1-1 win.
Based on our form and that of Leicester so far, a 2-1 win.
OLA (Writer’s verdict)
Though we haven’t conceded playing three at the back and Courtois seems to be returning to doing what is expected, I won’t take anything away from the Leicester City attack and I think they might get a goal from a lack of concentration or a set piece. The midfield battle is ours to win though. With Matic holding and Kante roaming (just as we saw against Hull to great effect) and Hazard, Willian coming into the middle to provide passing options, I believe we’ll pose a lot of problems to their setup and pin them back. One of Willian and Hazard is likely to be on the score sheet and Costa should be too. He is on fire. Should Moses shake off his injury, he might take up Willian’s role. With the sad loss of his mom, it will be understandable if he takes a week off. Azpilicueta will play on the right wing and Alonso on the opposite wing. Cahill, Terry and Luiz will make my back three. I see us outscoring Leicester and winning by a two-goal margin. A 3-1 win.
That’s it from us for the match. Again, our thoughts are with the Willian family.