Leicester vs Chelsea FA Cup Preview

Leicester vs Chelsea FA Cup Preview

Last update: 17 March 2018 Tags: Chelsea, Leicester. Categories: FA Cup.

Written by Sam Ward

Leicester City’s biggest game of their season will take place on Sunday, where they face Chelsea in the quarter final of the FA cup at the King Power Stadium. Win that, and Leicester will have great hopes of finally getting their hands on the trophy for the first time in their 134-year history.

 Leicester looked in a comfortable positon to compete for a Europa league spot not too long ago however a quiet spell for the foxes mean they now sit in 8th place in the Premier League and eight points of Arsenal in sixth.

 Perhaps going all in for the FA cup could be Claude Puel’s way into Europe.

 Leicester’s road to the quarter final

 Leicester began their FA cup journey away at Fleetwood Town in the third round but with Jamie Vardy watching from the stands, the foxes only could manage a 0-0 draw. The replay at the King Power saw Kelechi Iheanacho’s historic VAR goal help Leicester book a place in the fourth round.

 Leicester new boy Fousseni Diabate scored a brace on his debut away at Peterborough in the following round. Iheanacho netted another brace as the foxes comfortably overcame the league one side 5-1.

A tight 1-0 home victory against Sheffield United meant Leicester were dealt an all Premier League home clash against Chelsea in the quarter final.


Likely line-ups

 Puel played a strong line-up against Sheffield Utd in the previous round with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester’s top cup scorer Iheanacho all starting. With almost a full squad to choose from, Puel may opt for a similar side after Vardy, Mahrez and Iheanacho all found the net against West Brom in the Premier League most recently.

 However, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also opted for a strong line-up in their round five win at home to Hull City. With the front three of Willian, Oliver Giroud and Pedro all getting on the scoresheet in that game, Conte may be reluctant to change.

Former Leicester midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Ngolo Kante are also very likely to feature as well against their former side.


 One to watch

Oliver Giroud- He may have a lot of critics however, no-one can deny his presence when he plays. With that in mind, the Frenchman has already proved to be a handful against Leicester in recent times. Foxes fans will not want to be reminded of his stoppage time winner against Leicester for Arsenal on the opening day of the season. The striker has scored his first goal for Chelsea in the last round at Stamford Bridge.