Chelsea vs Leicester City: Predicted Line-Ups
Leicester City line-up to face a strong Chelsea side in the FA Cup final | Credit: Michael Regan | Getty Images

Leicester City travel to face Chelsea in a crunch Premier League fixture as both sides push to solidify their top-four league positions.

The Foxes will be looking to beat the Champions League finalists for a second time in four days, having come straight off the back of a historic FA Cup final victory over the London outfit.

Brendan Rodgers' men produced an outstanding performance to beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a world-class Youri Tielemans goal and some unbelievable goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel.

Third place Leicester currently sit just two points ahead of Chelsea in the league table, a win would see them cement their place in the top four and qualification for next season's Champions League.

Although both sides impressed in Saturday's thrilling clash, Rodgers and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may be aiming to change things up for their important Premier League meeting. 

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Leicester supporters will be fearful of the absence of experienced defender Jonny Evans, who will most likely be unavailable for the clash against Chelsea.

The central defender suffered a foot ligament injury that has kept him sidelined for Leicester's last two league games, including the shocking 4-2 loss to Newcastle earlier this month. Rodgers risked the defender returning for the cup final however, Evans was forced off in the 30th minute due to the reoccurring issue.

Harvey Barnes and James Justin remain sidelined with long-term injuries, once again leaving Rodgers and his Leicester side with limited options.

Jonny Evans is forced off due to injury in the FA Cup final | Credit: Marc Atkins | Getty Images
Jonny Evans is forced off due to injury in the FA Cup final | Credit: Marc Atkins | Getty Images

Unlike their upcoming opponents, Chelsea are fortunate to have strength in squad depth and may be reinforced by returning stars.

Andreas Christensen was a missing figure in Chelsea's side at Wembley, with the 25-year-old missing the final due to a hamstring problem picked up in their vital win against Manchester City.

Although the Danish defender missed the last meeting with the Foxes, Tuchel's claims that the injury is not serious could mean a quick return to the side.

Another potential return for the Blues could be dynamic midfielder Matteo Kovacic who has been suffering a long-term knee injury. Despite rumours claiming that he would make an appearance in the cup final, Tuchel chose against starting the Croatian, hinting that there may be an opportunity for the 27-year-old this Tuesday.

With Jorginho and former Fox N'golo Kante forming a strong partnership in midfield, any game time for Kovacic would certainly come from the bench.

Potential Changes

After a stellar team performance, it is likely that Rodgers will stick to a similar starting eleven that overcame Chelsea in the final.

Whilst Evans' injury will no doubt force the Scotsman to start Wesley Fofana and Çağlar Söyüncü as a centre-back pair, the experienced defender's absence offers further opportunities for the Leicester midfielders.

With young defender Luke Thomas and Timothy Castagne likely dropping back to make a four-man defence, there will be room out wide on the wings for Leicester to make changes.

Marc Albrighton replaced Evans in the last meeting following the defender's injury, offering Rodgers' side more strength down the right-wing. Hamza Choudhury could also be used to bolster the Foxes' defensive midfield, having replaced Ayoze Perez in an attempt to deny Chelsea a late equaliser.

The big question for Leicester supporters will be Rodgers' starting choice for attacking midfielder as James Maddison and Perez will both be pushing for the role behind the Foxes' two forwards.

Perez' work rate allowed Leicester to retrieve possession for Tielemans' winning goal on Saturday, however, he struggled to offer creativity in the final third for Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Maddison has struggled for form since returning from a lengthy injury period, yet his creative spark could be a needed weapon in breaking down Tuchel's well-organised defence.

Vardy will most likely spend his evening battling with 21-year-old defender Reece James, who did well to contain the dangerous forward in their last meeting.

James Maddison and Marc Albrighton could both start against Chelsea following their substitute appearances | Credit Michael Regan | Getty Images
James Maddison and Marc Albrighton could both start against Chelsea following their substitute appearances in the FA Cup final  | Credit Michael Regan | Getty Images

Despite Tuchel fielding a strong side for the FA Cup final, there were some noticeable absentees for Chelsea from their starting line-up.

Tuchel opted against starting attacking midfielders Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, instead choosing to play Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech in their 3-4-2-1 formation.

The London side struggled to create chances throughout the cup final against Leicester, a factor that could convince Tuchel to change his attacking options.

German striker Timo Werner also struggled for time against Fofana and Söyüncü throughout the cup final, potentially forcing the Chelsea boss to use the technical skills of Havertz to create more time for his sides attacking players.

Pulisic may also receive a start from Tuchel following his substitute appearance against Leicester in the 68th minute. The American winger offers speed and creativity for Chelsea, elements of the game that the team failed to use in their last meeting.

Although Pulisic has contributed just four goals in his 25 league appearances this season, the attacking American could be a dangerous threat for Leicester's young defence.

There could be a return to the starting eleven for former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell, who came close to smashing his old club's FA Cup hopes after his late goal was ruled out for offside.

The Blues instantly looked more threatening down the left flank once Chilwell was substituted on in the 68th minute, a weapon that his manager may look to utilise for their rematch against the Foxes.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will likely return to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, who played as Chelsea's FA Cup goalkeeper this season.

The Senegal international has kept 16 clean sheets in 29 league appearances, further enforcing Tuchel's faith in the shot-stopper.

Whilst Leicester will certainly carry the momentum heading into this clash, Chelsea's squad depth and attacking talent could still make this a very close game.

Predicted Line-up

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, César Azpilicueta, N'golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Luke Thomas, Wesley Fofana, Çağlar Söyüncü, Timothy Castagne, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy