FA Cup

FA Cup match forecast: Leicester City v Chelsea

This weekend, a Wembley semi-final place is up for grabs as last season’s runners-up face a side gunning for a possible European spot.

The last round saw Leicester City battle past Sheffield United at home, whilst Chelsea brushed aside Hull City (2014 runners-up) with four first-half goals.

 

The sides met at this stage in 2012, with Chelsea taking the spoils in an emphatic 5-2 rout of the East Midlands outfit at Stamford Bridge. The Blues went on to win the FA Cup that year. Could lightning strike twice?

Leicester City are in good spirits following their 4-1 hammering of West Brom at the Hawthorns over the weekend, whilst Chelsea will be reeling after being knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in midweek.

 

Team news

Antonio Conte has voiced that a decision will be made on whether Thibaut Courtois or Willy Caballero will start. Conte has also been speaking about how to lift players following their defeat in the week and had relayed that his side must have great confidence and trust in strength to move on.

The good news is that there are no new injury worries. Everyone is fit and ready to go.

There’s also good news in the Leicester City camp as there are no fresh injuries to worry about.

Claude Puel stressed that all the pressure will be on the visitors as they’re the favourites.

Thoughts ahead of the game

Chelsea are smarting from their latest loss and will be raring to set things right with a win here. Leicester City will be in confident mood, having won their last fixture, so they’ll be looking to keep up their good run.

The 2012 winners have already beaten Leicester City away once this season, could they do it again?

 

Predicted XIs:

Having asked both sets of fans, here’s what they came up with:

Schmeichel, Simpson, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray, Vardy, Okazaki

Prediction

Despite Chelsea being the favourites, I’d have to go for Leicester City. Playing at home, I feel they have the edge. Having said that, I reckon Chelsea will be able to pick themselves up quickly and go again.

Feature image credit: Samlcfc at English Wikipedia

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