Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas thinks it’s going to be an uphill task for Chelsea if they want to beat Leicester City in their backyard in the absence of their highest goal scorer Tammy Abraham on Saturday.
The Blues will be visiting the third-placed Leicester City and will be trying to back their winning form after they were forced to a 2-2 draw against their bitter rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea FC might be sitting comfortably on the fourth place after extending their advantage to six points over fifth-placed Manchester United, however, they have inconsistent through the season nevertheless.
Chelsea will have to work extremely hard to take anything out of this match, especially when they had such a dismal January transfer window where they were not able to sign a single reinforcement for the injured players.
Although Nicholas is worried about how Chelsea FC will cope in the absence of Tammy Abraham, the Sky Sports pundit is backing the Blues to secure a 1-1 draw with Leicester.
Chelsea are up and down. Is Michy Batshuayi a replacement for Tammy Abraham? No. Could he do a short-term job? Possibly. He is not a link-up player, but more of a penalty-box player and Abraham has more than that. But they have limited options ahead of Deadline Day,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Some of the young players have gone slightly off the boil. Leicester will have had a lot taken out of them over the festive period. They were strong favourites against Aston Villa and failed to make the final.
“Brendan Rodgers will not like losing cup ties, as he had none of that with Celtic. Jamie Vardy came on and James Maddison played well, but they do not have the balance right. There is a vulnerability at the back for Leicester and they will be questioning themselves.
“They have more than enough for the top four but both will be more than happy with a point from this one.”
Chelsea FC have already lost eight times in the English top-flight this term, which is more defeats than in the entire league campaign under Maurizio Sarri last season.