Leicester City take on Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Sunday from 16:00 GMT in one of three all-Premier League matches from the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. An exciting 90 minutes of action awaits with both clubs battling for a place in the latter stages, keeping their cup dreams alive. Which team will come out on top?
The stats tell followers to expect a competitive contest. Sunday’s match will be the third meeting of the season between Leicester City and Chelsea with the previous two encounters ending in a draw. The rivals battled out a 1-1 finish at Stamford Bridge back in August before producing an entertaining 2-2 at this venue in February. Barnes and Chilwell scored for Leicester in the latter, Rudiger netting a double for the Londoners to secure a point.
In the Premier League there’s little between the teams at present with both pushing for a top-four finish and place in next season’s Champions League. One will keep alive their dreams of lifting this trophy at the expense of the other. This promises to provide followers of the live TV coverage with an enthralling 90 minutes of play. Read on for our in-depth preview with betting odds covered.
Leicester have never won the FA Cup
The history books show Leicester City have won the English League Cup three times between 1964 and 2000 but have never claimed the FA Cup and that’s a wait fans of The Foxes would love to see their team end this year. They do have a total of four near misses on their record with Leicester reaching the final and finishing as runner up in 1949, 1961, 1963 and, most recently, in 1969. Taking a closer look at the latter, Leicester were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at Wembley, Neil Young scoring the only goal of the game on 24 minutes in front of 100,000 spectators.
Returning to the present day and Leicester are on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League and spot in UEFA’s elite competition for the 2019/20 campaign. It will be nothing less than they deserve following a great effort from manager Brendan Rodgers and his players, the Northern Irishman lifting his employers from ninth last season into the prize places this year. They returned from lockdown on 20 June with a decent draw away to Watford, the side that inflicted Liverpool’s only defeat so far this season.
We last saw Leicester City in the FA Cup on Wednesday 4 March when beating EFL Championship side Birmingham City at the King Power. It was a tie they were expected to win a bit more comfortably, but the Blues raised their game that day, providing a stern test to their Premier League opponents. Ricardo Pereira scored the only goal of the game on 82 minutes to send Leicester into the next round, but it was all a little too close for comfort for manager Rodgers.
Chelsea have won the FA Cup eight times
Their opponents may never have won the FA Cup, but Chelsea’s long list of achievements show they have kissed this famous old trophy no fewer than eight times. That makes them one of the competition’s most successful teams. The Blues first got their hands on the FA Cup in 1970 and were last seen winning it in 2018. The latter came courtesy of a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley in front of more than 87,000 people. Hazard netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot that afternoon.
In the EPL this season, Chelsea have performed above expectation. With manager and former captain Frank Lampard banned from signing players due to a transfer embargo placed on the club, it was widely predicted the London club would struggle this term, especially after losing a few of their first-team regulars, replaced with young and fringe players. Lampard must be given full credit for getting the best out of the players at his disposal, however, and the club are pushing for a top-four finish. There’s still much work to do on that front, but they are certainly heading in the right direction in the latter stages of the campaign.
Chelsea were last in FA Cup action on Tuesday 3 March when pulling off a massive upset, beating Liverpool 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Reds were favourites to win that game and move towards a domestic double but were beaten by goals from Willian and Barkley, one either side of half-time. Liverpool were well beaten on that occasion and could have no excuses. Klopp fielded a weakened side and was made to pay a hefty penalty.
Leicester vs Chelsea prediction
A competitive match is likely here with both teams evenly matched on paper. It would come as no surprise to see the winner of the competition emerge from this clash as both have the talent, squad depth and drive to go all the way. Neither will want to risk their place in the top four for a cup run but there’s no reason why they can’t achieve both.
Both teams have scored in each of the last two games involving Leicester City and Chelsea and those tuning in to the live TV coverage will hope this FA Cup tie follows that pattern. Chelsea boast the better stats in this tournament and will rate their chances of winning the match and progressing to the next round.
FA Cup odds
The pre-match betting odds has Leicester priced at 7/4 to win this FA Cup match. The draw ranks as a 245/100 play, Chelsea available at 29/20.
In the specials market, both teams to score for the third Leicester and Chelsea match on the bounce is 67/100 or if you’d prefer to go for a bigger price you can back the no option in the same market at 23/20. The game to produce more than three goals is 19/10.