Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has states prediction that Chelsea will reach the FA Cup semi-finals with 2-1 victory over Leicester city at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are in superb form since resumption of 2019/20 campaign – defeats Manchester city at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to hand the Premier League title to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s men are already get their first three points against Aston Villa last weekend thanks to goals from Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud, who has a fine record against Dean Smith’s side, scoring in each of his last six meetings with them and netting eight goals in that time, then proceeded to score what proved to be winner for Chelsea.
Leicester, on the other hand, struggled since the resumption of Premier League campaign after draws with Watford and Brighton to leave Chelsea a point behind the Foxes.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter between Chelsea and Brendan Rodger’s men, Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is backing the Blues edge past Leicester to reach the FA Cup semi-finals in Lampard’s first season in charge.
‘Apart from James Maddison, Leicester looked short of sharpness and fitness in their draw with Brighton on Tuesday,’ Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
‘That will come back at some point, but maybe not this weekend.
“I fancy Chelsea to progress because I always think they are capable of creating chances, but it is going to be close.’
Leicester, meanwhile, failed to beat Chelsea in all of their previous meeting in the FA Cup, exiting at the quarter-final stage at the hands of the west London side in 2012 and 2018.
Earlier of the season encounter between Chelsea and Leicester ended 1-1 draw before a 2-2 stalemate in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium to highlight the little difference in quality between the two teams.
The Blues have a superior record in the fixture, having lost just two of their past 20 games against Leicester in all competitions.
Having said that, the west London side have failed to win in their last four meetings with Leicester to highlight the Foxes’ recent resurgence.
Chelsea will return to Premier League action with a trip to West Ham on Wednesday night, while Leicester will make the journey to Goodison Park to take on Everton.