If the bookmakers were making the odds before last season happened, Chelsea would be huge favorites to beat Leicester City.
The top football tips today still have the Blues are the favorite but if they are going to win, they will need to match Leicester for aggression and desire.
These two things are what has been missing from Chelsea and it is what is costing them from being genuine title challengers.
There is still time for them to turn things around but it will need to start soon or it could be a repeat of the last campaign.
Chelsea has managed to beat the lower ranked teams this season but has struggled against the big boys. In their seven games so far they last been beaten by both Liverpool and were thrashed by Arsenal 0 – 3.
Things started off brightly for new manager Antonio Conte winning his first two games against Watford and Burnley. They draw the next game against Swansea and then were beaten by the Gunners and Reds.
Last week, they managed to recover from this dreadful run and beat Hull 0 – 2.
Chelsea will hope that beating last season’s Champions who took their title away from them, will help kick-start their campaign. A loss though will be a great setback and even though they are only five points from the top, they can not afford too much more slip-ups.
At the start of the season, free football tips today sites had them as one of the favorites.
Without the distraction of Europe, a new manager and expensive players bought during the summer, many experts expected them to be the ones to look out for.
After seeing them play the first seven games I think they will really struggle to make the top four Champions League places for the second season in a row.
Top football tips today sites have not made the same mistake as they did last year by completely dismissing Leicester City as 5000/1 underdogs.
They are still not in the top eight sides expected to win the league but they will be happy managing to qualify for the Champions League once again.
So far things in the league have not gone as well as the last campaign with the team already losing the same amount of matches as they did in the 2015/16 season.
In the Champions League though, they are unbeaten and sit top of the group after playing two games.
It is the first time the players have experienced having to play through the week and at a weekend and it looks to be taking its toll on the players.
Leicester won by been the most aggressive team, covering the most distance and will the best team bond. With the extra matches, they will have to play they will have to adapt their style of play if they are going to finish in the top four.
Some of the top football tips today sites are suggesting that they will once again surprise the world by winning the Champions League. It may be worth a punt due to the huge odds of them achieving it but it is highly unlikely that they will.
Chelsea vs Leicester prediction
With both teams showing inconsistency the result could go either way. It is a vital game for both teams and the Chelsea should have the advantage playing at home.
They have a leaky defense though so if Leicester can hit them on the counter-attack, they could pull off a surprise victory.
My free football tip today for this game is for it to finish a draw.
This article is from sports journalist and professional writer John Hawthorne.
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