Chelsea vs Leicester: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Will it be Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea or Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City lifting the trophy this weekend? Get our preview, predictions and betting tips for the FA Cup Final on Saturday at 5.15pm GMT here.
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Chelsea vs Leicester: Predictions
While both of these teams are in the fight for a top four finish in the Premier League (with Leicester in particularly now looking very settled in third place following their win at Manchester United on Tuesday), both teams will put their Premier League hopes aside and battle for cup supremacy on Saturday afternoon.
The FA Cup still possesses a little magic for a lot of supporters and with a limited number of those supporters being allowed in the ground on Saturday afternoon, they should at least be treated to an interesting spectacle between Chelsea and Leicester City.
Since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, Chelsea have been simply excellent. Not only have they forced themselves into a commanding position in the race for the top four, but they’ve also progressed to this FA Cup Final and the Champions League final later this month where they will face Manchester City, who they overcome in the semi-final to set up this final with Leicester.
The Foxes have all but secured their place in next season’s Champions League and they can now set their sights on winning a first ever FA Cup Final, having previously lost all four of the finals they have reached – the most recent being way back in 1969 against Manchester City.
Having lost only twice in their 25 matches under German boss Tuchel, Chelsea will feel they have earned the right to enter this final as favourites – but Leicester are always dangerous on the break, so don’t rule them out if the Blues start to take a hold of possession in the early stages.
Chelsea vs Leicester: Match Stats
Although cup finals are traditionally expected to be more cagey affairs, as both semi-finals involving these teams were, we anticipate a more open game here. Leicester scored twice in their win over Chelsea earlier in the season and indeed six of the last seven FA Cup Finals have seen three or more goals scored.
Leicester will be pinning their hopes squarely on their in-form striker Kelechi Iheanacho here. The Nigerian has been excellent in front of goal lately, racking up no fewer than 13 goals in his last 12 appearances in all competitions.
19 January 2021 – Leicester 2-0 Chelsea – Premier League
28 June 2020 – Leicester 0-1 Chelsea – FA Cup
01 February 2020 – Leicester 2-2 Chelsea – Premier League
18 August 2019 – Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Premier League
12 May 2019 – Leicester 0-0 Chelsea – Premier League
This has been an evenly matched fixture in recent memory. Although the Blues overcame the Foxes in the Quarter Final stage of last year’s FA Cup, Brendan Rodgers’ men came out on top in the previous Premier League meeting, with goals from Wilfried Ndidi and James Maddison.