Two of the Premier League’s top four, Leicester City and Chelsea, come together as they aim to reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides have had differing fortunes following the restart of the Premier League, with Chelsea having notched two consecutive wins against Aston Villa and Manchester City, the latter seeing Liverpool named as Premier League champions. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ men have notched back-to-back draws against strugglers Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion.
However, the FA Cup represents a great opportunity to take a break from their battles to earn a UEFA Champions League position. Despite that, Chelsea’s form sees them as favourites for the match as they travel to the East Midlands. Frank Lampard’s men can be backed at a price of 7/5 with William Hill to win, whilst the Foxes are available at 19/10. Elsewhere, a draw after 90 minutes sits at 23/10.
A stalemate could well be a sensible bet considering that the last three meetings between the two sides have ended level, including the two matches in the Premier League this season. The first at Stamford Bridge saw a 1-1 draw, before a 2-2 thriller in Leicester back in February.
Regardless of the result after 90 minutes, history suggests that Chelsea will be the side to progress to the semi-finals. In their last four quarter-final appearances, Leicester have been eliminated. As a matter of fact, in eight previous FA Cup matches, the Londoners are undefeated, progressing from the last four matches. Both teams have however scored in each of the last three games, with that being available to be backed at a price of 4/6 with Betfair.
One man who will be confident of getting one of those goals is Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic. The American has scored in each of the last two matches and sits at 7/1 with Paddy Power to score the opening goal of the game. Meanwhile, despite not quite having hit top form since the restart of English football, Jamie Vardy will always be a threat. The 19-goal hitman is favourite to score the first goal of the game at 7/2.
One man who will not be taking for the field for Brendan Rodgers’ men though is Ricardo Pereira as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. He joins fellow long-term absentee Daniel Amartey on the sidelines. Elsewhere, Fikayo Tomori remains out for Chelsea so it is likely going o be Andreas Christensen in the heart of the Blues’ defence.