Chelsea vs Leicester City: Predicted Line-ups
FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF IMAGES - Image numbers 1071867516, 1136184511, 1308275530 - GRADIENT ADDED) In this composite image a comparison has been made between head coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea (L) and Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City. Chelsea and Leicester City meet in the 2021 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 15,2021 in London. ***LEFT IMAGE*** BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Head coach Thomas Tuchel of Paris Saint-Germain looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images) *** CENTER IMAGE*** LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: A detailed view of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy is seen prior to the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on March 21, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Leicester City at Turf Moor on March 16, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Leicester City and Chelsea match up in the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday evening, with both Thomas Tuchel’s side and Brendan Rodgers’ looking to go all the way in the competition. 

Tuchel’s blue’s have been in fine form recently despite their most recent encounter as they were 0-1 losers versus Arsenal. Leicester come into the final after beating Manchester United in a pivotal affair for a spot in the top four. 

The managers will have to make tough calls ahead of the final for the starting line-up. Vavel takes a look at how both sides could line up at Wembley Stadium

  • Chelsea

 

Tuchel’s side lost to Arsenal last time out, so will be hoping things can change this weekend as the manager looks to win silverware for the first time with the London based club. 

In goal is sure to Kepa Arrizabalaga after Tuchel confirmed that he would start over summer signing Edouard Mendy. Sitting in front of the Spaniard is expected to be a back three with wing-backs on either side. In the defensive trio is likley to be Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma. Accompanying the back three could be Reece James on the right side and former Leicester academy graduate, Ben Chilwell on the left. 

In the midfield is likely to be former Leicester title winner, Ngolo Kante alongside Jorginho. The pair will be doing the job of dusting up at the back and denying the Leicester attacks. 

In a more attacking role could consist of the pair of Mason Mount and semi-final goalscorer, Hakim Ziyech. Playing as the lone striker could be either Kai Havertz or Timo Werner. Werner could be given a chance in the role as he looks to find goal scoring form. 

Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa; James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Mount, Ziyech; Werner. 

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  • Leicester City

 

The Foxes have the record for the most losses in the FA Cup final, so Leicester will be in the hunt to receive their long overdue FA Cup trophy. 

In goal will be the trustworthy and reliable, Kasper Schmeichel. Rodgers will be tempted to stick with his formation of a back five including Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu and Timothy Castagne. Evans could be restored into the line-up, after training with the team.

Ahead of the Leicester backline could contain the central pairing of Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi. The pair played outstandingly in Leicester’s win at Old Trafford recently. In the playmaker role could introduce James Maddison back into the side after starting on the bench versus Man United. 

In the goal scoring roles are expected to be the dangerous duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy. The pair will look to cause issues for Chelsea on Saturday evening, as they look to get in behind the backline. 

Leicester City Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne; Tielemans, Ndidi; Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy. 

  • Prediction

 

It will be an intriguing tie to see how this one plays out. Of course form and league positions go out the window when it’s a one off affair to win silverware meaning anything could happen in this game. 

Rodgers will be hungry to go all the way with Leicester and stating in an interview ‘I’d love to win it for Khun Vichai and his family’

0-1 Leicester. 

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