Chelsea welcome a legend back to Stamford Bridge today. Frank Lampard will be there, too, looking to take his first three points off of Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea are looking for their first win of the season while Leicester proceed under the delusion that they could challenge for the top six this season. Have those Brendan Rodgers gif’s ready for 90 entertaining minutes at Stamford Bridge.
Kevin Peacock: Chelsea 3 – 1 Leicester. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are showing plenty of positive signs. Last season under Menthol Maurizio was all about results. He did get good results initially, but the style of play was laborious… and that’s Sarriball.
This game against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester won’t be easy, though. The Foxes finished last season really well. However continuing my 100% record of predicting Chelsea wins, the Blues will thump Leicester. This could be a day that sees Michy Batshuayi start. But Lampard may well keep the faith with… you guessed it… Tambraham, after the pathetic abuse he received following that penalty miss against Liverpool.
A goal from Ross Barkley and two from Tambraham get the job done.
Scott Brant: 3 – 2. Frank Lampard needs to start Michy Batshuayi this match. Especially after the preseason he put it, to not feature at all in the first two matches is a bit puzzling. Neither Tammy Abraham nor any player does not deserve abuse, but I don’t feel Abraham should start this match, and it has nothing to do with penalty kicks. Batshuayi deserves this start.
Christian Pulisic will shine brightest, though, playing a hand in all three goals. A extremely exciting match that ends up being closer than it should
Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 3 – 0. Chelsea to show Leicester – and the Premier League – that they’re no walkover. Leicester will be confident and try to attack. However, the Blues will not be bothered. The Liverpool game showed they can go toe-to-toe with Liverpool, so they should be able to breeze past Leicester – provided they show that same commitment. Christian Pulisic, Ross Barkley goals and Andreas Christensen to score.
Oliver Smith: 3 – 2. Leicester have given Chelsea problems in recent years and at the start it will look like much of the same. Chelsea’s high pressing will result in a classic Jamie Vardy counter-attacking goal to give Leicester the early advantage. Michy Batshuayi deserves the start in this game and he’ll pounce to even it up before half-time.
The teams will exchange goals, with Chelsea likely to bottle it at a set piece, only for Ross Barkley to provide a bit of vintage Super Frank Lampard magic, arriving late into the box to find the back of the net at the death. Emerson to score the other goal.
Nate Hofmann: 3 – 2. Finally playing at the friendly confines of Stamford Bridge, and up against a somewhat less intimidating opponent, Chelsea should be able to stretch their legs a bit. Obviously, Frank Lampard will get a hero’s welcome, and the undoubtedly raucous crowd should earn Chelsea a goal or two through sheer force of will alone.
Due to some inevitable squad rotation after the Super Cup, not to mention the underrated quality of this Leicester side, Chelsea will probably get punished for their defensive naivety again.
Regardless, Lampard should still head back down that familiar tunnel with his first Premier League points in hand. Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to score.