Chelsea and Leicester City will meet again for a Premier League crunch clash in the race for the top four. Like the FA Cup, the Foxes are also ahead of them in the table. The Blues are in fourth place with 64 points, while Bredon Rodger’s men are third in the table with 66 points.
It a must-win for both the teams as Liverpool are breathing down their necks with 63 points. Any slip up from either Chelsea or Leicester City will mean that there could potential drama on the final day. The ramifications could be huge for Tuchel Tuchel’s team as the Foxes still have a three points cushion over the Reds.
The Blues would also be keen to exact revenge from Leicester City for the FA Cup defeat. While there will huge pressure on Tuchel as well. According to the Daily Mail, Roman Abramovich considers this game to be bigger than the FA Cup final because Champions League qualification is at stake.
Analysis: Chelsea vs Leicester City
The Blues are the team that is in the need of a victory more than the Foxes. Brendon Rodgers men’s morale is high after the FA Cup victory. Even if they are able to get a point from this game, they will be in a better position than Chelsea. Thus it is likely that Leicester City will prefer to sit back and defend in big numbers.
If the Foxes decide to use this tactic, the Blues could be in trouble. They haven’t been able to score a goal in 180 minutes of football. Thomas Tuchel’s men have struggled to open teams up when they sit back. Not only this they have conceded goals in their previous three games due to defensive errors as well.
Leicester City will force Chelsea to go out wide and overload on a particular side. It will be up to the Blue’s creative players to beat that overload and find space to attack the ball. If they are unable to beat this overload they will constantly lose possession and the Foxes will find routes to counter attacks.
When and Where?
Chelsea will host Leicester City in the Premier League on 19th May 2021 at Stamford Bridge at 12:45 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Tuchel confirmed that Kovacic is available for the FA Cup final but he did not make the squad. Thus there are doubts whether the Croatian along with Andreas Christensen will be available for the game or not.
Predicted Line Up: Mendy; James, Zouma, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic.
Jonny Evans is ruled for the game after he injured in the FA Cup final and subsequently substituted. He is joined by Harvey Barnes and James Justin both of them have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Predicted Line Up: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas; Perez, Maddison; Vardy.
Head to Head Stats: Chelsea vs Leicester City
The Blues haven’t been able to beat the Foxes in their previous six Premier League games. If Brendon Rodger’s men win this one it will be their first league double over the Londoners since the 2000-01 season. However, they haven’t managed a win at Stamford Bridge in their previous 29 attempts.
Total: 119, Chelsea: 57, Leicester City: 35, Draw: 27.
At this time, the Blues look very uninspired in the attack. The American is capable of creating chances for them with his dribbling skills. Pulisic’s teammates haven’t been in good form and he will be a big source of creativity in this game.
Though in the FA Cup final Vardy did not get his goal but he affected the game a lot. He constantly ran in the channels to give the Blues backline problems. He will have to do something like that again in this game.
12th Man Predicition: Chelsea 1 vs Leicester City 1
The Foxes have shown that they have enough firepower in their ranks to get a goal. While the Blues have been sloppy defensively as well. They have also struggled in attack but Tuchel might bring on Giroud a bit earlier so that they cross the ball to someone inside the box.