By Jonty Sutherland. LAST UPDATED October 13th, 2016

Chelsea versus Leicester: Battle of the Italians

Conte versus Ranieri at Stamford Bridge


Premier League holders Leicester City travel to London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early kick off this Saturday.

Leicester have struggled to get going so far this season with their only consistently positive form coming in the Champions League where they are unbeaten. In the league Ranieri’s side have amassed only two wins while falling to heavy defeats against Manchester United and Liverpool.

Chelsea sit seventh in the league with four wins from their first seven games. Antonio Conte will be frustrated at his side’s inability to compete with the top Premier League sides particularly after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Defensive problems have been at the heart of this.

The two struggling sides met shortly under a month ago in the EFL Cup Third Round where Chelsea came back from two goals down to win 4-2 with two injury time goals from Cesc Fabregas. Both sides put out weakened sides in this game, however, so the game should see two stronger sides come together as Ranieri travels to his old stomping ground.

Team news

Conte may look to play a back three against Leicester this weekend, as he often did in his time as Italy manager. If so this would probably see John Terry start the game alongside Gary Cahill and David Luiz in defence. N’Golo Kante looks set to start against his former club alongside Nemanja Matic in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, with Hazard and Willian providing width up top.

Ranieri welcomes back Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani from international duty with Algeria and will be hoping that the duo are well-rested and ready for the 12.30 kick off. Jamie Vardy also returns having featured from the bench for England against Malta last week.