Chelsea vs Leicester City Preview and Prediction 2021

Chelsea vs Leicester City Preview and Prediction 2021

Chelsea vs Leicester City predictions for Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea and Leicester compete for silverware in a showpiece showdown in London. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Chelsea have lost only three of their last 26 matches in all competitions.

Leicester have won only three of their last eight games away from the King Power Stadium.

Chelsea have kept 18 clean sheets in their last 26 matches.

Six of the last eight meetings between Chelsea and Leicester produced under 2.5 goals.

Chelsea hoping to make experience count

With over 20,000 supporters allowed to attend, the 140th FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester promises to be an extra-special spectacle at Wembley Stadium, though the Blues superior experience of big occasions could be the deciding factor in the capital.

Chelsea will take their first of two bites at silverware on Saturday ahead of the Champions League final against Man City later this month, and a taste of success at Wembley would set the Londoners up nicely for more glory on the continent.

The Blues have a relatively new manager in Thomas Tuchel and a squad dusted with fresh faces following last summer’s transfer splurge, though they aren’t lacking when it comes to battle-hardened campaigners either.

Chelsea will appear in their third FA Cup Final in four years this weekend, and having lost out in last season’s climactic fixture against Arsenal, they will be doubly determined to go one better this time around.

Leicester aiming to make history

Brendan Rodgers – who spent four years as a youth team coach with Chelsea earlier in his career – will lead Leicester out at Wembley on Saturday aiming to etch his name into Foxes’ folklore.

City have never lifted the FA Cup before and the last of their four final appearances came all the way back in 1969 – four years before Rogers was born.

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Leicester’s recent Premier League performances will ensure they start the final as underdogs however.

City were held by Southampton before being thumped 4-2 at home by Newcastle, and their narrow triumph over a severely weakened Man Utd team in midweek would have done little to galvanise their wilting confidence.

Chelsea to claim the prize

Six of the last eight encounters between Chelsea and Leicester produced under 2.5 goals, and with cup final nerves likely to play a part, Saturday’s showpiece showdown could again be decided by fine margins.

Chelsea have regularly been producing the goods in big games under Thomas Tuchel, as evidenced by fine wins over Atletico and Real Madrid in Europe, and Manchester City (twice) domestically.

That knack of digging out results in high-stakes skirmishes coupled with Chelsea’s greater cup final experience makes them worth backing against a Leicester team that have been knocked out of their stride lately, while our 1-0 correct score prediction tips the Blues to keep a clean sheet.

Chelsea have kept 18 clean sheets in 26 assignments since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment and they can use their solid defensive foundations as a springboard for success again at Wembley.

Chelsea injuries and team news

Mateo Kovacic is still out for Chelsea, while Christian Pulisic is a doubt after he picked up a knock against Arsenal. N’Golo Kante should be well rested and back in the team against his old club, while Marcos Alonso could also start on the left flank.

Chelsea predicted lineup: Mendy – Christensen, Silva, Rudiger – Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell – Werner, Mount – Havertz

Leicester City injuries and team news

James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under and Wes Morgan have been ruled out for Leicester, though Jonny Evans will hope to return to the fold after a short layoff. James Maddison – who was benched at Old Trafford – should slot back into the XI.

Leicester predicted lineup: Schmeichel – Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu – Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne – Maddison – Iheanacho, Vardy

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