Chelseam, which will go for three wins in a row Saturday with a match at Leicester, will feature a familiar face back in uniform.
Midfielder Christian Pulisic returned from a two-month injury layoff Tuesday night, entering in the 83rd minute of Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund that advanced the London team to the Champions League quarterfinals. Pulisic, who was injured in the World Cup, got hurt again in a Premier League match on Jan. 5 when he was tackled by Manchester City defender John Stones and injured his right knee.
Chelsea (34 points) currently sits 10th in the Premier League table, 11 points off the top four with a game in hand. If it plays like it did in the win Tuesday, it could make enough of a push to leapfrog some of those teams ahead of it. Graham Potter’s team has allowed only five goals in its last nine games in all competitions thanks to the work of Kepa in goal and Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile anchoring the defense.
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If Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz can look as sharp as they did Tuesday, when both of them scored, Chelsea can hopefully pick up the pace on offense. The Blues have scored only five times in their last nine matches, and suffered back-to-back-to-back shutouts to Dortmund, Southampton and Tottenham.
Leicester City (24 points) lost to Southampton 1-0 last Saturday, its fourth straight loss, putting it back into the group of teams facing possible relegation while heading into a difficult stretch of games.
Midfielder James Maddison has been playing well, so much so that he could get sold this summer as the team tries to balance its books. But the offense has struggled, scoring four goals in a Feb. 11 win Tottenham and then just one in its last four outings. Forwards Kelechi Iheancho, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka could change the fortunes of the Foxes if they can somehow get going.