Chelsea v Leicester preview: Jamie Vardy fit to return


A man out of form. He'll be looking back on the 2004 Champions League campaign which saw Shels take on Deportivo La Coruna at Lansdowne Road.

After four league wins on the spin Claude Puel's men have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, that coming at home against a Huddersfield team with a relatively poor away record. A 2-2 draw with Arsenal and two 0-0 affairs in cup ties means Chelsea are there for the taking.

In fact in front of their own fans Roy Hodgson's men have won just one of their last four, and although the likes of star names Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke are fit to play, key midfielders Andros Townsend and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are major doubts while the Palace boss has a long list of injuries in defence with all of Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, and Jeffrey Schlupp all ruled out.

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns and a full squad to choose from, with the exception being new signing Ross Barkley, who is now ruled out due to a lack of fitness, so won't be making his Blues debut just yet.

I was going to leave Bristol City out this weekend because they could well be exhausted from their near-heroic exploits at Man City on Tuesday, but they're odds against at home to an inconsistent Norwich side which has tempted me to back them to win or draw. Their last win away from home in Premier League action came in mid-December with the 4-1 hammering of Southampton at St Mary's. I think it will be a good challenge to try and get a good result.

The Nigerian, who boasted one of the best strike rates in the Premier League before his move to the King Power Stadium, has only scored once in 13 Foxes appearances.

Iheanacho has yet to score a Premier League goal since joining Leicester from Manchester City in August, while Musa has not appeared in the league this season.

He will be available for the game, there is no problem with Jamie. He can play as a winger wide right or left and striker also.

Meanwhile, Danny Simpson faces a late fitness test on his hamstring.