Chelsea travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday to face Leicester in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.
Frank Lampard’s men enjoyed an important 2-1 win in the Premier League over Manchester City on Thursday and will be hoping for another good result against the side directly above them in the table.
Leicester City vs Chelsea Prediction
Although Chelsea have been impressive against the big teams away from home this season, one cannot discount the impact that Tammy Abraham’s potential absence can have on their game-plan. The 22-year-old has been the main source of goals for the Blues and the focal point of their attack, off of which their wingers and attacking midfielders operate.
Michy Batshuayi, who in all likelihood will replace him in the starting eleven, does not provide a similar skill-set. On the other hand, Leicester will be empowered by the return of Jamie Vardy and can play their usual free-flowing attacking brand of football, or even decide to sit back and hit Chelsea on the counter using Vardy’s pace.
This is going to be an extremely close encounter, but if Abraham misses out, Leicester will edge a victory at the King Power.
Leicester City v Chelsea Head-to-Head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings dating back to 13/01/2018, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Leicester City winning 1 of those games, Chelsea 1 and 4 being draws in regulation time.
In all, 10 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 from The Foxes and 5 created by The Blues. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The last league contest featuring the two was Premier League match day 25 on 01/02/2020 when the final score was Leicester City 2-2 Chelsea. In that game, Leicester City had 50% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Goals were scored by Harvey Barnes (54′) and Ben Chilwell (64′). At the other end, Chelsea had 7 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Antonio Rüdiger (46′, 71′) was the scorer. The referee was Lee Mason.
Leicester City vs Chelsea team news
Brendan Rodgers is expected to name the strongest team available here, and Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey are the only absentees as far as injuries are concerned. Jamie Vardy will spearhead the attack ahead of Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton, while Soyuncu and Evans are expected to feature in the heart of defence.
Leicester predicted lineup:
Schmeichel – Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell – Ndidi – Albrighton, Praet, Maddison, Barnes – Vardy
Callum Hudson-Odoi is thought to be on the verge of being fit to play here, but Fikayo Tomori and Marco van Ginkel remain out. Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud will be battling to start up front and both Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are hoping to start in the centre of the park.
Chelsea predicted lineup:
Kepa – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso – Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic – Willian, Pedro, Abraham
Leicester City vs Chelsea
England – FA Cup
Date: Sunday, 28 June 2020
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium.