Chelsea vs. Leicester City Pick – EPL Gameweek 2 – Aug. 18th

The Sunday slate of English Premier League action brings two fascinating games to our television sets. To begin with, Sheffield United will return home in the Premier League and host Crystal Palace. It should be an awesome atmosphere in Sheffield and with Crystal Palace in flux, a home victory could send the fans into a frenzy after such a long layoff from top-flight action.

The second game on Sunday is where we will turn our attention to though. It’s one of the featured matches of the week, as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side return home from Istanbul to do battle with an improved Leicester City squad.

Chelsea started the season in brutal fashion last week against Manchester United. Though they did well to generate some chances, the Blues were unlucky with the ball. Where they struggled was their play without the ball. They were simply porous defensively, and against a pesky and quick Leicester side, they will need an improved back-line.

For Leicester, their campaign began slowly as well. Hosting the Wolves, many would have thought the Foxes could have mustered a bit more offense – though they were held fairly comfortably. Leicester will need an improved showing if they are to find the back of the net at Stamford Bridge.

This should be an awesome matchup on Sunday afternoon between two of the top Premier League sides. Both squads will eagerly be looking for bounce-back efforts, and that desperation should be evident right from kickoff. As always, read on below the odds and find out our betting prediction for Chelsea vs. Leicester City.

Chelsea vs. Leicester City Betting Odds:

Chelsea (-135)
Leicester City (+370)
Draw (+250)

Over 2.5 (-108)
Under 2.5 (-112)

Chelsea vs. Leicester City Pick:

The alarm bells were certainly ringing following Chelsea’s first match last Sunday, but the thinking here is that they’ll turn in a much better showing at home. They were solid mid-week vs. Liverpool in the Super Cup, and truthfully deserved a better fate last week in Manchester. Although they scored 0 goals, they generated quite a bit, even hitting the woodwork on three separate occasions. Though they did have a transfer ban that has hampered preparations and depth, this is still an elite offensive group that can and will find the back of the net with regularity.

Leicester City looked a tad disappointing in their first match vs. Wolverhampton. Without Harry Maguire as the big central defending piece, they conceded some uncharacteristic chances and will certainly need to be sharper against a dangerous Chelsea attacking corps. Leicester have also been particularly dangerous on the counter in recent fixtures, and with Chelsea likely looking to commit numbers forward – don’t be surprised to see the rapid Jamie Vardy catch Chelsea on the break.

Expect a very competitive fixture, with both squads much better than their showings in Week One. I love the ‘Both Teams to Score’ market for this clash as the bookies are currently underrating both offenses following their goal-less debuts.

Ultimately I see the skill and depth winning out for Chelsea late in this clash. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, and the American Christian Pulisic have all had impressive starts to their season, and their speed and quality should trouble a Leicester defense that is in flux. Though we lean with the Blues, the better play seems to be on goals in what could very well be a wide-open fixture. A 2-1 score-line seems fitting, pushing this play to the Over 2.5 goals. Let’s hope both of these sides find their shooting boots for Sunday!

My Pick
Over 2.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.