Jamie Vardy is available again for Leicester City
Chelsea are aiming to make it eight home Premier League wins on the bounce when Leicester City visit on Saturday afternoon.
Despite their strong run of late, Chelsea start the weekend 16 points behind leaders Manchester City. No side has come back to recover from such a deficit to win a Premier League title with the biggest ever recovery at any stage of a season being 13 points by Arsenal in 1997.
The Blues have won the last three Premier League meetings between these two and ran out 2-1 victors in the corresponding fixture earlier this season with goals from Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante.
After a run of four straight wins before Christmas, Leicester have lost three of their last five matches and drew 0-0 with Fleetwood in the FA Cup third round last weekend. The Foxes are also winless in their last 12 away Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition (W0 D3 L9) – losing each of the last five.
Chelsea are expected to field a full-strength side against Leicester. Captain Gary Cahill was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg with Arsenal and could return in defence.
Ross Barkley is expected to be fit to make his debut following a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay with Norwich next Wednesday.
Jamie Vardy is fit again after missing Leicester’s FA Cup trip to his former club Fleetwood.
The striker will travel to Chelsea on Saturday after recovering from the groin injury which made him sit out the goalless draw at Highbury Stadium last Saturday.
Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson (both hamstring) and Robert Huth (ankle) are out but Christian Fuchs (illness) and Vicente Iborra (hamstring) are fit for Claude Puel’s side at Stamford Bridge.