FA CUP FINAL : CHELSEA VS LEICESTER CITY : MATCH PREVIEW AND MATCH DETAILS – ROAD TO FINAL
Chelsea and Leicester City will go head-to-head for FA Cup glory when they meet at Wembley in the final on Saturday night. Coaches Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers will battle it out to try to win their first trophy in English football.
Chelsea will be appearing in their 15th FA Cup final. Only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) have reached the competition’s showcase on more occasions than Chelsea. Similar to the appearances, only the Gunners (14) and the Red Devils (12) have won the trophy on more occasions than Chelsea (8).
On the other hand, this will be Leicester City’s fifth appearance in an FA Cup final and the first since 1969. The Foxes have lost all four previous finals. They hold the record for most appearances a side has made in the competition’s showcase without ever winning the trophy.
Chelsea vs Leicester City Match Details
Competition : FA Cup Final
Date : May 15, 2021
Time : 9:45 PM IST
Venue : Wembley Stadium
Chelsea vs Leicester City Match Preview
When Tuchel replaced Lampard in mid-January, Chelsea were ninth in the Premier League and out from the race of top four. But the coach brought a dramatic transformation with 17 victories and three defeats in his 26 games in all competitions. Under Tuchel, Chelsea eliminated Manchester City at the semifinal stage. They will also face City in the Champions League final in Portugal on May 29.
Leicester were 11th in the Premier League and closer to the relegation zone than the top four when Rodgers left Celtic to replace Claude Puel in February 2019. Since then, Leicester have been on an upwards trajectory, winning 57 of Rodgers’ 108 games in charge. They finished fifth last season and on course to improve on that this time around. Rodgers has brought stylish football to the King Power Stadium, and also turned the club into the one most likely to break up the so-called “Big Six.”
Chelsea vs Leicester City Road to Final
Leicester beat Championship teams Stoke City and Brentford before winning an all-Premier League tie against Brighton in round five, when Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game in the 90th minute. Man United were eliminated in a 3-1 quarterfinal win at the King Power Stadium, before Iheanacho earned a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the semis.
Chelsea started their FA Cup campaign with a 4-0 win against League Two Morecambe before beating Championship sides Luton Town and Barnsley in rounds four and five. Sheffield United were then beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the quarterfinals, with Hakim Ziyech’s goal sealing a 1-0 semifinal win against Man City.
Chelsea vs Leicester City Probable Lineups
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner
Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho