Premier League Soccer; Chelsea v Leicester City – Back Blues for FA Cup Revenge on Tuesday night
EPL Preview: Matchday 37 of 38 – Chelsea v Leicester City – Stamford Bridge – Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 20:15 hrs. BST
Chelsea v Leicester City Preview
Chelsea and Leicester City both face each other once again on Tuesday night, May 18, after just having locked horns with them in a FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes defeated Chelsea 1-0 at the Wembley to lift their first FA Cup ever.
Thomas Tuchels's men missed a chance to move a point above 3rd placed Leicester when they lost 0-1 to Arsenal on Wednesday.
Coming out of celebrations of their maiden FA Cup triumph, Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes will certainly aim to remain in the Top Four space as they have been for most of the season. On the other hand, Tuchel will be demanding the utmost from his players with a win being the only option on Tuesday if they are to remain in the Top Four.
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Doubts regarding the fitness of Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen persist with both players missing out on the FA Cup final.
Christensen had to limp off in the latter stages of the recent league victory over Man City after sustaining a hamstring injury, with Tuchel announcing that the defender is unlikely to return until next Sunday's final day fixture against Aston Villa.
Tuchel is likely to effect several changes to the side that started in Saturday's final, with the likes of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz all pushing for starts.
Leicester will be handicapped in the defense by the absence of Jonny Evans with his muscle problems surfacing once again during Saturday's final. Evans was replaced by Marc Albrighton and both he and Timothy Castagne are likely to make starts at the back.
The normally prolific Kelechi Iheanacho failed to impress at Wembley and James Maddison who seems to be fully fit now will probably start in the Nigerian's place alongside Jamie Vardy in an upfront role.
Harvey Barnes and James Justin are the major absentees in the midfield space and will be out for the remainder of the season owing to serious knee injuries.
Chelsea probable starting XI:
Mendy (goal); James, Zouma, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Leicester City probable starting XI:
Schmeichel (goal); Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas; Perez, Maddison; Vardy
Chelsea's performances in both of their recent defeats were not bad by any means. The Blues dominated proceedings heavily but were short on creativity when it came to getting goals.
The Foxes will take confidence from their solid defensive performance in the FA Cup finals at Wembley and not losing the match itself could provide them the desired cushion going into the final day's fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester are currently 2 points ahead of their 4th placed opponents' tally of 64.
The Blues are not expected to continue with their poor striking form for a third match in a row and with the kind of attacking firepower and defensive prowess at their disposal, they might just get the better of the visitors on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea v Leicester City oddsSoccer Odds at MyBookie
- Chelsea to win: 4/6
- Leicester City to win: 4/1
- Draw: 11/4
- Chelsea 1-0: 6/1 (predicted score)
- Draw 1-1: 7/1 (probable score)
- Chelsea 2-0: 15/2
- Chelsea 2-1: 17/2
- Leicester 1-0: 12/1
- Draw 1-1: 7/1
- Chelsea 3-0: 14/1
- Chelsea 3-1: 16/1
- Leicester 2-1: 16/1
- Draw 2-2: 20/1
- Leicester 2-0: 25/1
- Chelsea 3-2: 33/1
- Leicester 3-1: 40/1
- Leicester 3-2: 50/1
- Olivier Giroud: 11/10
- Timo Werner: 6/4
- Kai Havertz: 15/8
- Christian Pulisic: 15/8
- Kelechi Iheanacho: 12/5
- Jamie Vardy: 11/5 (recommended bet)
- Mason Mount: 11/5
- Callum Hudson-Odoi: 11/5
- Hakim Ziyech: 12/5
- James Maddison: 5/1
- Caglar Soyuncu: 20/1
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