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Leicester v CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

Date: Sunday 28th June 2020

Venue: King Power Stadium

Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Most of the country might have missed it, because despite being a live game it was paid very little attention, but we pulled off a pretty big result against Man City a few nights ago. That win has put us within a point of third place in the Premier League, in fact, breathing right down the necks of today’s FA Cup quarter-final opponents – or within 1m plus of breathing down their necks anyway.

We led at the break Thursday night (the half-time break, not the water one), through Pulisic and despite De Bruyne’s equaliser waking City up and threatening to stamp out any confidence we might play with, it was only Fernandino’s hand that stopped us taking the lead again. One red card later, Willian’s penalty rectified that situation, and BT Sport got back to focusing on Liverpool and their supporters for the rest of the evening.

Leicester haven’t had the same sort of return from their games since the restart and only managed a draw against Brighton on Tuesday, they’ve also gone out at the quarter-final stage in their past two ties against Chelsea.

Let’s hope it’s not third time lucky for the Foxes.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Leicester Manager Brendan Rodgers, says I obviously know Frank very well and his coaching staff and they’ve done an excellent job there. I think that they’ve got very good players. Chelsea is a club that is set up now and has been for the last 15 years or so, to challenge at the very highest level of a prize in European football, not just in the English game. So, there is an expectancy there for them to do that. So, they’ve got really talented players. Frank’s been the perfect manager for them to go in there and, connect the supporters with the players. And he’s also managed that very, very well. It’s a tough game for us.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, even before our win against City was saying I think Leicester have been fantastic this season, we know that. Leicester are one place above us. We set our sights there. Every game is an opportunity to see the growth of the team, and what a game brings you never know going into it.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Leicester, Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) are out but Dennis Praet is available again.

For Chelsea, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi both remain out but Jorginho could feature.

TEAMS

LEICESTER (Possible line-up): Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Morgan, Fuchs; Perez, Choudhury, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes; Iheanacho

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Gilmour, Jorginho, Kovacic; Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Pedro

LAST MEETING

Leicester 2-2 Chelsea (1st Feb 2020 – PL)

CURRENT FORM (ALL)

LEICESTER: LLWWDD

CHELSEA: LDWWWW

OTHER STUFF

  • Leicester are without a win in eight previous FA Cup matches against Chelsea
  • Leicester have been eliminated from all 10 domestic cup ties against Chelsea (four League Cup, six FA Cup)
  • Chelsea have lost only two of their past 20 games against Leicester in all competitions
  • Leicester are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign
  • This is Chelsea’s 18th FA Cup quarter-final in the Premier League era
  • Chelsea have progressed from six of their past seven quarter-finals

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

90min.com: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Leicester 0-1 Chelsea

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