Chelsea FC at Leicester City Team News, Starting XI Predictions (FA Cup)

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Of the four remaining FA Cup quarterfinal ties, Chelsea FC at Leicester City stands out as the most tantalizing on paper. It’s a battle of sides that are currently third and fourth in the table. Chelsea come into this one riding high, having just knocked off Manchester City and ended their two year title run.

Christian Pulisic was huge in that game, following up his stellar turn in the first match of Project Restart. As for Leicester, they will be looking to reach the FA Cup semifinals for the first time since 1981-82.

Team News

Chelsea still have two, but only two, major absentees in Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori. Look for manager Frank Lampard to do some squad rotation here, but still field a fairly strong side. Pulisic, along with N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Tammy Abraham, will likely get the night off.

As for Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, there are just two injury concerns here as well: defenders Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Ricardo Pereira (Achilles). Neither side has any fresh injury concerns, doubtfuls or suspensions to contend with.

Chelsea FC Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3): Caballero, James, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso, Jorginho, Gilmour, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Pedro

Leicester City Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3): Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy, Perez

Other FA Cup Preview Guides: Manchester United-Norwich City, Newcastle-Man City

FA Cup Quarterfinal FYIs

Kickoff: June 28, 4pm, King Power Stadium

Form Guide: Chelsea LDWWW    Leicester City LLWWD

TV: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

Key Stat: Leicester are winless in all eight previous FA Cup matches against Chelsea (D2 L6)

Recent Series History: Chelsea have lost only two of their last 20 games against the Foxes across all competitions (W13 D5 L2). However, the Blues have failed to taste victory in any of those four (D3 L1).

FA Cup Prediction: Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0

The Blues come into this one brimming with confidence while Leicester have been slumping lately across most of their recent body of work. Don’t really want to pick against current momentum here.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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  1. ROOSEVELT DADDY .M. says

    Congrats Lampard for maintaining the four
    Place my predictions for Leicester City chelsea 3
    Leicester City 2
    We need Tommy Abraham to be in the starting 11
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  2. Anonymous says

    I predict Chelsea 3 Leicester 0

  3. Harmless says

    I predict Chelsea 3 Leicester1

  4. Anguaziga enock says

    Please lampard most play Tammy Abraham frost 11, my last word to lampard that keep kep at the club but Chelsea problem is defines

  5. che 2 – leic 0

  6. I see chelsea wining lech city 2-0 cos chelsea is poor defensive ways. Calvin

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