Chelsea have managed to breathe new life into their title hopes and although they are still considered outsiders by many, they will look to stay on the coattails of both Manchester City and Liverpool with a home win this weekend.
The Blues recent victory over defending champions City would no doubt have had their fans reaching for a dafabetcoupon code and seeing what odds they could get on the Blues winning a second league title in three years.
If that is to be the case then they will have to make sure that they don’t just raise their game against the very best when it really matters, they have to also win the fixtures that they would consider their bread and butter. Something that will need to be the case this weekend.
Leicester provide the opposition as Claude Puel’s men are at the point where their season could go one of two ways, they currently are stuck in that mid-table bracket that encapsulates places 7th to 13th in the Premier League table.
The aim now will be to kick on in the second half of the season and make sure that the Foxes are competing for what will likely be the last Europa League place on offer instead of finishing in the bottom half of the table.
Even if Leicester are fighting for the European crumbs that will be left behind by the ‘Big Six’, it seems that it might not still be enough for manager Claude Puel to win over a fanbase which is divided on whether he should stay in charge or be shown the exit door.
To be honest this is nothing that Puel has not heard before, only the surroundings are slightly different this time around. The former Lille and Monaco manager was at the helm of Southampton during what proved to be a relatively successful 2016/17 campaign.
That season Southampton reached the EFL Cup Final at Wembley while also finishing 8th in the Premier League, however that was enough for Puel to keep gainful employment at St Mary’s as he was eventually shown the exit door after just nine months in charge.
And although the stint in charge at Leicester has been longer, should they limp to a finish outside of the top ten then you get the feeling that the 57 year old will experience the feeling of déjà vu in the East Midlands.
You never quite know what you are going to get from Leicester under Puel, they are capable of turning a real impressive performance but at the same time they never really get a head of steam in terms of results.
Chelsea on the other hand look a much more composed outfit under Maurizo Sarri and even though he had his doubters a couple of weeks ago it looks as if ‘Sarri-Ball’ is back in full swing at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues need to make sure they go on an impressive run over the next few months if they are to make the title race a three horse one. This should be a relatively routine showingfor the West London outfit as they ease to maximum pointsthis weekend.