LEICESTER VS CHELSEA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Leicester City and Chelsea may decide among themselves which team is the last place for the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Winning the FA Cup can give the Chelsea season some shine, while at Leicester City they have never won the FA Cup and that is a reason for Leicester to give everything this season in the English Cup Tournament.
Leicester City won the League Cup and the Community Shield in club history and The Foxes were national champions two seasons ago, but a FA Cup is still missing in the Leicester City trophy cabinet. The team of Claude Puel has been playing in the Premier League for a long time and because of this The Foxes can really focus on success in the FA Cup. Of course there are still a number of teams in the cup tournament active with a lot more quality than Leicester City and the game against Chelsea is not a walk-over for The Foxes, but who knows, Leicester can have success this season in the cup tournament.
Last week, Leicester City played a league match at West Bromwich Albion and the Foxes had no problem with West Bromwich. Puel’s team still scored a 1-0 deficit in The Hawthorns within ten minutes, but then Leicester showed that they did have some qualities and they succeeded in turning The Foxes into a 1-0 deficit. -4 victory. At Leicester City, four different players were able to put their name on the scoreboard against West Bromwich Albion, including of course the tastemakers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. Because of the victory over West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City now has forty points and the number of forty points you normally need to play safely in the Premier League and safe that is Leicester City now also. The lead on the relegation zone is thirteen points in favor of The Foxes and with this selection Puel had to make it very furious if he wanted to relegate to Leicester.
Puel has a virtually fit group against Chelsea. Only Daniel Amartey will have to take place on the stands of the King Power Stadium, but the Ghanaian will not be playing at The Foxes any more this season. The road from Leicester City to the quarter finals of the FA Cup was not very difficult for Puel and his team; Leicester City was too strong for Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United and Sheffield United. The Foxes did not always make it easy for themselves in the matches against Fleetwood Town and Sheffield United, but they finally managed to place themselves in the quarterfinals unscathed.
Chelsea has been away from the Champions League since this week and can only win the FA Cup this season. The chance that Antonio Conte’s team would win the Champions League was minimal and when The Blues were paired to FC Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, Chelsea had a small chance of winning the next round. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea managed to keep the Catalans in a 1-1 tie and especially Willian got some great chances on behalf of The Blues, but on Wednesday-evening at Camp Nou, Chelsea did not play: 3-0. It was certainly not the case that the Conte team just like Manchester United played break-up football and The Blues also got some chances in and against Barcelona, but in the Catalans one Lionel Messi participated and the Argentinian made the difference remarkably enough.
In the Premier League there is also not much to get for Chelsea. The championship has been officially forgiven to Manchester City and Chelsea has to make up for a four-point gap over Liverpool if it wants to be active in the Champions League next season. With four defeats in the last six league matches, however, the club from London is not doing well in the Premier League lately, and in a few weeks time Chelsea not only gave away the second place, but The Blues also saw the chance for Champions League- qualification will be very small.
The supporters of Chelsea might have hoped for something more this season, but the FA Cup is the only prize that Chelsea can win this season. The Blues also seemed close to a victory in the League Cup, but in the semi-finals Arsenal was too strong and so they were warned at Chelsea. It is true that it is only the quarter finals of the FA Cup, but with this material Chelsea has to be able to place itself via Leicester City for the semi-finals. The Blues however lost their last five away games and the last time something like that happened was over eighteen years ago, but it is not even out of the question that a sixth defeat will be added on Sunday afternoon. Conte has to make it again this weekend without David Luiz and Ross Barkley, but they have been on the sidelines for some time. Against FC Barcelona, Oliver Giroud was the favorite in the striker at Chelsea, but chances are that the Spaniard Álvaro Morata will get some play minutes in the basic team of Conte again this weekend.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1.68