Nobody runs the big teams ragged quite like Jamie Vardy. The rampant Leicester forward loves to play against those sides who play a high line as he can use his pace to get in behind, something we saw to the greatest effect in 2015/16 when Leicester became Premier League champions.
Chelsea are the next side in Vardy’s sights and Frank Lampard will have to make sure his side are set to deal with the threat of the Englishman after conceding four goals at Old Trafford last weekend. Liverpool also hit two goals against the Blues in the UEFA Super Cup in midweek and Lampard will have to make his side better defensively if he is to succeed this season.
Vardy is unstoppable against the big six but Chelsea are the side he has found it most difficult against. He has scored four goals in ten games against the Blues making them his eighth favourite Premier League opponent but the rest of the big six make up his top five targets.
In total, he has scored 34 goals in 53 games against the sides that have made up the top six for the past two seasons. His favourite opponents are Arsenal, unsurprisingly, having hit the net eight times in eight games against the Gunners who for several years now have had a shaky backline.
He has also found Liverpool profitable having scored seven goals in nine games against the Reds, although Leicester have only beaten both Arsenal and Liverpool twice apiece in the games Vardy has featured.
Against Manchester City, the Foxes have come out on top in three of the nine games that Vardy has featured in, with the Englishman scoring five times in those games the same number he has scored against Tottenham and Manchester United.
Only Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney have scored more goals against the top six in the Premier League and Vardy is above big names such as Harry Kane, Robin Van Persie and Eden Hazard.
He will look to add to this at Stamford Bridge this weekend and at the age of 32 will look to do the business once again for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side having scored nine goals in the ten games the Northern Irishman managed last term.
Will Lampard be able to formulate a plan to stop him?
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