By Jack Malone

Paul Merson has backed Chelsea to comfortably beat last season’s Premier League champions Leicester City in their clash on Saturday lunchtime.

The former Arsenal midfielder stated that teams have “sussed out” the East Midlands side following their shock title win.

“Leicester are not going to pass around you, and when you are organised at the back, it’s difficult for them to create,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I don’t see anything other than a Chelsea win.”

Chelsea are currently sitting in seventh place in the league table after their 2-0 win over Hull City prior to the international break.

Manager Antonio Conte was rumoured to be leaving the Blues this week after just a few months at the helm, with a number of companies suspending betting on him becoming the next manager to lose his job.

However, the club have strongly denied this and he is set to take charge at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Leicester meanwhile have struggled for form in the league this campaign and find themselves 12th after seven games.

With only two domestic wins to their name, they are already looking a shadow of the side who romped their way to the title in May.

The games certainly don’t get any easier for the Foxes and on current form it is difficult to argue with Merson’s prediction of a Chelsea win.


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