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Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea v Leicester

13 January 2018

Despite their strong run of late, Chelsea start the weekend 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Vardy, who turned 31 on Thursday, has recovered from the groin injury that kept the England worldwide out of the 2016 champions line-up for the FA Cup third round 0-0 draw with his former club Fleetwood Town last weekend.

The Blues have faced Arsenal twice in recent weeks, drawing 2-2 in the Premier League last week and 0-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday, while they were also held to a goalless draw by Norwich City in the FA Cup last weekend.

Captain Gary Cahill was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg with Arsenal and could return in defence.

Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson (hamstring) and Robert Huth (ankle) are out but Christian Fuchs and Vicente Iborra are fit for Claude Puel's side at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Conte's side sit third in the standings after going unbeaten in their last six matches, although that stalemate against the Gunners saw them lose second place to Manchester United, who hold a one-point lead over the Blues. After four wins in December, Leicester City have arguably lost their way.

Wolves are the Man City of the Championship this season so I like them to see off Barnsley at Oakwell, and Bradford should knock up a comfortable win at home against Northampton. Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti also won 25, with Mourinho drawing and Ancelotti losing their 31st home games in charge. He was asked to protect the back four so he wouldn't be able to get forward as much as he did when he played domestic games.

"He's an interesting player for the future and will be between the Under-23 and Premier League squad - he has quality to play in Premier League". They struggled in what was a poor game. "He is a valuable player for us and I want to keep him".

'But I think he can continue to develop as a player.

Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea v Leicester