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Two sides struggling to hit the same heights that they did in the 2020-21 campaign shared the spoils at Elland Road just before the international break, as Leicester were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds.
The Whites’ main man Raphinha saw his speculative free kick evade everyone before finding the far corner in the 26th minute, but within 10 seconds of the restart after the Brazilian’s opener, Harvey Barnes produced an equally spectacular effort to restore parity for the Foxes.
However, Leicester’s struggles to assert themselves in the Europa League means that it is now three games without a win for Rodgers’s side, who sit 12th in the table with just 15 points to their name from a possible 33 so far.
Intense speculation surrounding a possible switch to Manchester United for Rodgers certainly is not helping matters for Leicester, who have posted just two Premier League wins from eight since the start of September and are without a clean sheet in 10 league games.
Rodgers has also witnessed his side ship two goals in each of their last three top-flight games at the King Power, and not since the 1997-98 season have Leicester managed to prevail against the team starting the gameweek at the top of the table.
Leicester lynchpin Youri Tielemans had to come off with calf discomfort in the draw with Leeds and was not involved for Belgium during the international break, and it remains to be seen if he will be passed fit.
Wesley Fofana and Ryan Bertrand are also set to remain sidelined, but Marc Albrighton and long-term victim James Justin are both making great strides in their recoveries and could be back soon.
James Maddison ought to benefit from Tielemans’s possible absence this week, with Barnes sure to hold his place in the XI after his stunning equaliser at Elland Road.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been handed two extremely timely boosts ahead of this game, with Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount both in contention to return after being pictured on the training pitches.
Marcos Alonso is also back in training after shaking off an ankle problem, but Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner are both expected to remain out for the time being.
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Ross Barkley was handed a surprise start against Burnley but is sure to drop out with Mount fit again, while Havertz is more than capable of leading the line if Lukaku is only deemed fit enough for the bench.
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Soumare; Lookman, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Mount; Havertz