FA Cup final 2021: Chelsea vs Leicester
Chelsea: led by Thomas Tuchel
Leicester City: led by Brendan Rodgers
Stadium: Wembley, London
Event Date & Time: Saturday 15th May, 17:15
Event: Final of the FA Cup
Broadcaster: BBC, BT Sport 1, eirSport 1
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Weather forecast: Considerable cloudiness with a couple of showers
Chelsea will face Leicester City on Saturday, 15th May at 5.15pm, at Wembley for the 2021 FA Cup final.
Current Team Form
The side led by Thomas Tuchel have most recently lost with a score of 0-1 against Arsenal. Prior to this game, they got an away win against Manchester City last Saturday (2-1).
Chelsea’s road to the FA Cup final
Leicester defeated Manchester United with 2-1. Prior to this game, they lost against Newcastle United at home last Friday (2-4).
Leicester City’s road to Wembley
Head to Head
Saturday’s fixture will be the 116th meeting between the two teams over the course of English Football history.
Leicester has won the last clash on Tuesday 19th January 2021 with 2-0. Out of 115 games played, Chelsea won 57, drew 34 and lost 27 games against Leicester City.
Chelsea’s last win over Leicester City dates back to January 2020, when they won 1-0 during the quarter-finals of the last year’s FA cup edition. They later lost the final to Arsenal.
Top Scorers and Most in-form players
Kelechi Iheanacho is Leicester’s top scorer in the FA Cup. Alongside 4 other names, he is currently leading the scorer board of the competition with 4 goals to his name. The Nigerian is also Leicester’s top scorer in all competitions, scoring 18 goals so far. He is expected to attack together with club legend Jamie Vardy, who is at 15 goals ahead of the final.
Tammy Abraham from Chelsea has also score 4 goals in the FA Cup 2020/21, 3 of which against Luton Town in the fourth round. However, coach Thomas Tuchel is expected to attack with Mount, Ziyech and Werner in the final.
|Muscle injury||N’Golo Kante|
|Back injury||Wes Morgan|
|Cruciate ligament injury||James Justin|
|Knee injury||Harvey Barnes|
|Muscle injury||Jonny Evans|
Potential line-up and Formation
Chelsea probable XI (3-4-2-1):Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner.
Leicester City probable XI (3-5-2):
Schmeichel; Evans, Fofana, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho.
Chelsea has turned out to be a real cup team in recent weeks. In all knockout games, the Blues could built on a stable defence. Moreover, the rested some of their key players in the league game against Arsenal. With the experience gained in the Champions League, the good form and the huge self-confidence that Tuchel has instilled in his team, Chelsea will be the favourite in the FA Cup final.
However, if Leistester proved one thing in this season, it would be their capability of competing with the big teams of the Premier League. The best example is the quarte-final of this season, where they had eliminated Manchester United at home. For the first time since 1969, Leicester City have made it to the FA Cup final. In what is now their fifth attempt, they are finally aiming for their first title in this competition. They have to fight against a miserable record at Wembley Stadium: only four of the 15 matches played were won, one of them in the semi-final against Southampton.