Champions in two of the last three seasons, Chelsea will be looking to continue their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City when they welcome eighth-placed Leicester to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea will attempt to win their first match of 2018 when they welcome Leicester to the English capital this weekend. The Blues thumped Stoke City 5-0 in their final game of 2017, but have drawn each of their three fixtures across three separate competitions since the turn of the year; a 2-2 draw away to Arsenal in the Premier League on January 3 was followed by goalless draws against Norwich City and Arsenal in the FA Cup and EFL Cup respectively over the last week.
Antonio Conte's side had plenty of chances to score against Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, but more poor finishing meant that the Blues were unable to secure a first-leg advantage ahead of the return at the Emirates Stadium later this month.
Chelsea also have the Champions League to think about as they prepare to tackle Barcelona over the next couple of months, but Conte's immediate focus will be on returning to winning ways in the Premier League.
A total of 46 points from 22 matches has left them in third – one point behind second-placed Manchester United, but 16 points behind leaders City. Fourteen wins, four draws and four defeats represents a strong season thus far, but the Blues are some way off the top of the table at this stage.
Conte's side have actually only won one of their last five away Premier League fixtures, but have triumphed in their last seven at Stamford Bridge. They have only conceded once at home in the league since the middle of October, meanwhile, and will fancy their chances of overcoming an inconsistent Leicester this weekend.
Recent form: WWDWWD
Recent form (all competitions): DWWDDD
Leicester will enter this weekend's match with seventh-placed Burnley firmly in their sights. It is going to be difficult for the Foxes to break into the top six this season, but they will be confident of finishing as 'the best of the rest'.
Four points currently separate eighth-placed Leicester from Burnley after 22 matches of the 2017-18 campaign. It has been a strange season for the Foxes, with spells of inconsistency harming their ability to push higher up the table.
There is no question that Claude Puel has improved matters since arriving, but their 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on New Year's Day was their first victory in the league since December 13. Indeed, between December 16 and December 30, Leicester only picked up one point from four Premier League matches.
Considering that Leicester's next three away games in the Premier League are against Chelsea, Everton and City, the Foxes will have to show their true colours over the next few weeks if they are to close on the top six.
Thirteen points from 11 away matches represents a decent return for Puel's side, but they have lost at Watford and Liverpool in their last two league games on the road. It is a tough ask to overcome Chelsea this weekend, but there is no question that the Foxes have the capabilities of collecting all three points.
This team is a long way from the one that sensationally landed the Premier League title, but they have kicked on once again under Puel, and the Frenchman will be hoping that the bump continues in the capital on Saturday afternoon.
Recent form: WLDLLW
Recent form (all competitions): LDLLWD
Club captain Gary Cahill will return to the back three after sitting out the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Pedro and Willian are both pushing for spots in the starting XI, but it does appear that a 3-5-2 formation will see Eden Hazard once again support misfiring forward Alvaro Morata in the final third of the field.
The speculation surrounding the future of Riyad Mahrez is refusing to go away, but the Algerian is still a Leicester player, and should start in the final third alongside Vardy. Skipper Wes Morgan's absence, meanwhile, could see Aleksandar Dragovic selected alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray; Mahrez; Vardy
Head To Head
Chelsea have won each of the last four Premier League meetings between the two teams – including a 2-1 victory when they travelled to the King Power Stadium earlier this season.
The Blues also won 3-0 in the corresponding Premier League match last season, and have not actually lost at home to Leicester in the top flight since September 2000.
Leicester, however, did earn a point when they visited Chelsea on the final weekend of their title-winning 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
We say: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City
Leicester put on a strong performance in their last Premier League game against Huddersfield, but the Foxes have lost their last two league fixtures on the road.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have won their last seven top-flight matches at Stamford Bridge, and we are tipping the reigning champions to collect another three points on Saturday afternoon.