Chelsea recently qualified to the UEFA Champions League Final, defeated Manchester City in a crucial English Premier League game, and will play their fourth FA Cup Final in the last five years; I think that’s enough to be consider the favorite, but not so fast, they’ll be facing a Leicester City team eager to win the tournament for the first time.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the FA Cup Odds for Chelsea vs Leicester City while making some predictions.
Game: Chelsea vs Leicester City
Location: Wembley, London
Time: Saturday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
FA Cup Betting Lines
|Chelsea||-½ Ev||Ev||2½ -105o|
|Leicester City||+½ -130||+275||2½ -125u|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 117
- Chelsea Victories: 57 (207 goals)
- Leicester City Victories: 26 (137 goals)
- Draws: 34
The last time they met, Leicester City defeated Chelsea 2-0. Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison scored for the “Foxes”, while Frank Lampard still was the “Blues” manager.
That was in the English Premier League, but the last time they met in the FA Cup Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to Ross Barkley. It was in the Quarterfinals of the 2019-20 season.
Regarding the FA Cup, Chelsea and Leicester City have collided nine times; the “Blues” won seven and drew twice, that’s right, Leicester has never beaten Chelsea in this competition, but there’s always a first time, will it be this?
Why bet on Chelsea?
Thomas Tuchel’s team is on fire. They eliminated Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, and defeated Manchester City, the other Champions League finalist, in the last English Premier League fixture.
The “Blues” road to the FA Cup Final includes beating Morecambe 4-0, Luton 3-1, Barnsley 1-0, Sheffield United 2-0 and Manchester City 1-0. In summary: four clean sheets, 11 goals for and two EPL teams eliminated.
Players who don’t have many opportunities in the Premier take advantage of the FA Cup to show their qualities, and that’s precisely what Hakim Ziyech has done. He scored in Chelsea’s last two games, becoming the team’s second top scorer behind Tammy Abraham, who has scored four.
“The players have to step up and this is what they do. If there is a possibility to play, they need to show that they are ready to play, and this is what they sign up for if they sign for Chelsea. We have high ambitions and the club has high ambitions and the players want to have the biggest success possible, so you really have to work for it, and this is what they are doing. It is very pleasing as a coach,” said Tuchel to the press after beating City.
Midweek, Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Premier League, but the FA Cup Final is way more important; expect several players to get some rest.
Mateo Kovacic remains questionable due to injury. The “Blues” expected lineup for this Saturday is Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Why Bet Leicester City?
Leicester City may be the sports betting underdog here, but winning the FA Cup is their last chance to win some gold this season. For them, it would be the first FA Cup title ever, and under those circumstances you’ve to go all-in, right?
The “Foxes” eliminated Stoke City 4-0, Brentford 3-1, Brighton 1-0, Manchester United 3-1 and Southampton 1-0; three clean sheets, 12 goals for and three EPL teams eliminated.
Kelechi Iheanacho has been sensational. He scored four of Leicester’s last five goals in the tournament, including the winning goal against Brighton and Southampton.
Midweek, the “Foxes” will face Manchester United in the Premier. Manager Brendan Rodgers said Jonny Evans, James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira could see some action in order to return to their best prior to the FA Cup Final.
James Justin and Wes Morgan are out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Kasper Schmeichel, Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, James Justin, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, Marc Albrighton, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy.
Final Analysis and Predictions
Four of the last Chelsea vs Leicester City games went under 2½ goals. Chelsea comes from a very stressful couple of weeks, but they could finish the season with two major trophies, something nobody thought possible at the middle of the season, while Leicester could win the FA Cup for the first time ever, which is why I think we can expect some fireworks at Wembley.
Our 3-2 prediction favoring Chelsea offers a +2600 price at the latest Soccer Props, while Leicester City winning 2-1 is +1000. You can also predict the half time and full-time winner.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3, Leicester City 2