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FA Cup: Chelsea vs Leicester City: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 15, 2024 at 2:34 PM
Modified at :March 15, 2024 at 2:34 PM
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After a EFL Cup final defeat, the Blues are looking to once again play at the Wembley Stadium

Chelsea are going to play as the hosts for the upcoming quarter-final clash. This game in the FA Cup is against last season’s relegated outfit from the Premier League, Leicester City. The Blues defeated another EFL Championship side on the course to reach the quarter. A 3-2 win over Leeds United in the 5th Round helped Mauricio Pochettino’s make it here.

Talking about the 2022-23 PL season’s relegated side Leicester City, they are doing very well. The Foxes are leading the standings in the second division as they look to bounce back to the big league, the English first tier quickly. In the 5th Round, Enzo Maresca’s men defeated a PL team, AFC Bournemouth by 1-0.

Kick-Off:

Sunday, 17 March 2024 at 12:45 PM UK (6:15 PM IST)

Location: Stamford Bridge

Form

Chelsea (in all competitions): W-D-W-L-D

Leicester City (in all competitions): D-W-L-W-L

Players to Watch

Moisés Caicedo (Chelsea)

This tank of a player sometimes goes unnoticed due to the presence of numerous talents in the Chelsea ranks. The Ecuadorian international was signed at the start of this ongoing season from Brighton & Hove Albion. Since then the defensive midfielder has made 24 appearances in the PL, 4 in FA Cup and 7 in the EFL Cup final run.

Yunus Akgün (Leicester City)

One of the on-loan players whose name is to be mentioned is Yunus Akgün. Akgün was one of the best performers in the 5th Round game for Leicester. So far the Turkish player who is on loan from Galatasaray has made 3 FA Cup appearances which recorded a goal as well.

Match Facts

  • In the 5th Round, both sides won by a one-goal margin. The Blues defeated Leeds 3-2 while Leicester defeated the Cherries 1-0
  • The visiting team is leading the Championship table by 3 points to second place Leeds United
  • The hosts are 11th in the PL and defeated Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge by 3-2 in the last match in the league

Injury & Team News

Against the Magpies, key players such as Ben Chilwell and Levi Colwill weren’t playing. But Marc Cucurella is back. Also, Carney Chukwuemeka has made a substitute appearance, so will be available to start. Christopher Nkunku, Benoit Badiashile and Reece James won’t be featuring anytime soon. The likes of Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu and Wesley Fofana are also sidelined.

The second-division side have only two players sidelined. Both Dennis Praet and Ricardo Pereira are out due to hamstring injuries.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 124

Chelsea wins – 61

Leicester City wins – 28

Draws – 35

Predicted Lineup

Chelsea predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Sánchez (GK); Gusto, Disasi, Chalobah, Gilchrist; Caicedo, Fernández; Madueke, Mudryk, Sterling; Jackson

Leicester City predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Stolarczyk (GK); Choudhury, Coady, Vestergaard, Doyle; Winks, Raikhy, Akgün; Albrighton, Cannon, Marçal

Match Prediction for Chelsea vs Leicester City

The clash will be an exciting one. Leicester are the strongest second-division outfit who are looking to come back to the PL within a season while Chelsea have lost just once in the last seven games in all competitions. That single defeat also came against Liverpool in the EFL Cup final with a 1-0 scoreline. Expecting a nail-biting encounter with the hosts moving further into the competition.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester City

Telecast for Chelsea vs Leicester City

India – Sony Sports

UK – BBC, ITV

US –  ESPN

Nigeria – Supersport

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