Who Wins This Weekend’s FA Cup Final Between Chelsea And Leicester?
This weekend sees one of the biggest domestic games of the season taking place in England as Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team will head to Wembley to face Brendan Rodgers Leicester City side in the FA Cup Final on Saturday evening.
Once the showpiece event of the season, the FA Cup has lost a little of its glitz and glamour in recent times due to the vast sums of money available in the Premier League and Champions League. However, it remains THE domestic cup trophy to win and is still the dream of many players to ascend the steps at Wembley to collect one of the most famous trophies in world football.
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Let’s now take a closer look at the two teams competing in this weekend’s showpiece game.
The FA Cup Final Preview
Chelsea v Leicester City
- Venue – Wembley Stadium (maximum 20,000 spectators)
- Kick Off – 5.15pm
- Referee – Michael Oliver (VAR – Chris Kavanagh)
The Road To Wembley & FA Cup Stats
- 3rd Round – V Morecambe (H) – W 4-0 (Mount 18, Werner 44, Hudson-Odoi 49, Havertz 85)
- 4th Round – V Luton Town (H) – W 3-1 (Abraham 11, 17, 74)
- 5th Round – V Barnsley (A) – W 1-0 (Abraham 64)
- Quarterfinals – V Sheffield United (H) – W 2-0 (Norwood OG 24, Ziyech 90)
- Semifinals – V Manchester City (N) – W 1-0 (Ziyech 55)
FA Cup Stats – Chelsea
- Matches Played – 5
- Goals Scored – 11
- Goals Conceded – 1
- Top Scorer – Tammy Abraham – 4 goals
- Manager – Thomas Tuchel
- 3rd Round – V Stoke City (A) – W 4-0 (Justin 34, Albrighton 59, Perez 79, Barnes 81)
- 4th Round – V Brentford (A) – W 3-1 (Under 46, Tielemans 51(pen), Maddison 71)
- 5th Round – V Brighton (H) – W 1-0 (Iheanacho 90)
- Quarterfinals – V Manchester Utd (H) – W 3-1 (Iheanacho 24,78, Tielemans 52)
- Semifinals – V Southampton (N) – W 1-0 (Iheanacho 55)
FA Cup Stats – Leicester City
- Matches Played – 5
- Goals Scored – 12
- Goals Conceded – 2
- Top Scorer – Kelechi Ihenacho – 4 goals
- Manager – Brendan Rodgers
Squad Comparison & Possible Teams
- Eduoard Mendy (France)
- Kepa Arrizabalaga (Spain)
- Willy Caballero (Argentina)
- Thiago Silva (Brazil)
- Antonio Rudiger (Germany)
- Ben Chillwell (England)
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)
- Reece James (England)
- Andreas Christensen (Denmark)
- Kurt Zouma (France)
- Emerson Palmieri (Italy)
- Marcos Alonso (Spain)
- Kai Haverz (Germany)
- Mason Mount (England)
- Hakim Ziyech (Egypt)
- N’Golo Kante (France)
- Jorginho (Italy)
- Mateo Kovacic (Croatia)
- Billy Gilmour (Scotland)
- Timo Werner (Germany)
- Christian Pulisic (United States)
- Olivier Giroud (France)
- Tammy Abraham (England)
- Callum Hudson-Odoi (England)
Chelsea ProbableTeam (5-4-1) – Kepa, James, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Silva, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Werner
Thomas Tuchel has had a different team to play in the FA Cup this season, but I feel for this game, with the trophy on the line, he may well resort to a first choice 11. The one difference may be the chance for Kepa to play in goal in place of Mendy.
Other than that, I expect to see a strong Chelsea team take to the field for this game, injuries permitting and I would expect Kai Havertz good form of late earns him a spot in the first team ahead of Christian Pulisic.
Leicester City Squad & Possible Teams
- Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
- Danny Ward (Wales)
- Eldin Jakupovic (Bosnia Herzegovina)
- Caglar Soyuncu (Turkey)
- Wesley Fofana (France)
- James Justin (England) (injured)
- Luke Thomas (England)
- Timothy Castagne (Belgium)
- Ricardo (Portugal)
- Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland)
- Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
- Wes Morgan (Jamaica)
- Christian Fuchs (Germany)
- James Maddison (England)
- Cengiz Under (Turkey)
- Harvey Barnes (England) (injured)
- Wilfred N’Didi (Nigeria)
- Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
- Sidnei Tavares (Portugal)
- Hamza Chuudhary (England)
- Marc Albrighton (England)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)
- Dennis Praet (Belgium)
- Jamie Vardy (England)
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
- Ayoze Perez (Spain)
Leicester City Probable Team – (5-3-2) – Schmeichel, Ricardo, Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Fofana, N’Didi, Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers will be sweating on the fitness of Jonny Evans for this game. The ex-Manchester United defender was injured in the warm up before the game with Newcastle last weekend and he as sorely missed.
If Evans is not fit, then expect Amartey to come into the side. Ayoze Perez could also get a place in the team ahead of James Maddison, but I do think Maddison is probably just the more likely to start. Iheanacho’s good form means that he is likely to start in a two-pronged attack alongside Jamie Vardy.
Chelsea v Leicester City – Historical Record
- Matches Played – 118
- Chelsea Wins – 57
- Leicester Wins – 27
- Draws – 34
Chelsea V Leicester – Factfile
- In the last seven games between the teams, Chelsea have won just two. Both of those have been in the FA Cup (in 2018 and in 2020).
- Leicester City have never beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup in their history.
- Leicester have also never won an FA Cup Final, losing four finals in their history.
- Chelsea have won eight FA Cup Finals, the joint third most of any English team (shared with Tottenham Hotspur). Arsenal (14) and Manchester United (12) are the only teams to have won the trophy more often.
- All of Chelsea’s eight FA Cup wins have come since 1970. Leicester have not appeared in a single FA Cup Final since then.
- Harvey Barnes and Justin James are long-term injury absentees for Leicester City.
- Players that have played for both clubs in recent times include N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Frank Sinclair and Robert Huth.
- Chelsea last won the cup in 2018, beating Manchester United 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty.
- Leicester’s last Wembley Final victory came in 2000 when they beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 in the League Cup Final.
So how do we see this game between the teams ranked third and fourth in the Premier League panning out at Wembley this weekend? Well a draw has been the most common result in recent matches between the two (three out of the last seven meetings have been draws) but it is hard to ignore Chelsea’s FA Cup record against Leicester here.
Both Chelsea’s most recent wins over Leicester have been in this competition and add to that the fact that they have never lost to Leicester, and that Leicester have never won an FA Cup Final in four previous attempts, does make it seem that fate is conspiring against Leicester again.
Chelsea will be boosted after a huge win over Manchester City last weekend too and having reached the Champions League final, they could end the season with two very big trophies.
That is how I see things panning out here and my tips for the game are outlined below.
- Full Time Result – Chelsea – 10/11
- Correct Score – Chelsea to win 2-1 – 8/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 12/5