Chelsea will be hope to continue their momentum run form by record their third successive win in all competitions when they encounter with Leicester City in FA Cup quarter-final stage at King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues will travel to King Power on Sunday with good heart, having secured a stellar 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in midweek thanks to goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian. It was Lampard first win over Pep Guardiola after city beats the Blues 2-1 in their reserve fixture back in November.
With Frank Lampard’s men are full of confidence following their victory over Manchester City, they could face an entirely different test against Leicester City, in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. The Blues came here courtesy a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the fifth round after disposing of Nottingham Forest and Hull City in the early rounds.
Leicester city, on other hand, are not in the best of form at the moment. The Foxes are failing to win any of their two fixtures since resumption of the campaign. Brendan Rodger’s men were held to a 1-1 draw with Watford last weekend before they played out a goalless draw with Brighton at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
Leicester have been excellent this season as they find themselves at third place on the league table with just seven gameweeks left to go, but there will be doubts creeping in following two average performances.
However, FA Cup could provide a welcome distraction and help them return to form. The Foxes defeats Wigan Athletic, Brentford and Birmingham City to reach the last eight.
Here, at The Sportarena, we will run the rule over these two sides as they lock horns in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this weekend.
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Brendan Rodger will without Ricardo Pereira, who has been one of the Foxes’ biggest injury absences since their return to regular action. The Portuguese full-back, alongside Ben Chilwell, was one of their most significant sources of attacking inspiration.
Defender Daniel Amartey will misses the clash due to ankle injury problem but Leicester will welcome Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes to their selection after both dropping out of the starting eleven in the week.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Justin, Soyunçu, Evans, Chilwell; Ndidi; Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Chelsea are again set be without forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and defender Fikayo Tomori.
Fikayo Tomori continues to recover from a muscle complaint and Hudson-Odoi, who is back in training, is unlikely to be match-fit.
Midfielder Jorginho could feature after being part of the squad against Manchester City on Thursday following suspension.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2) Kepa; James, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley; Pedro, Abraham, Pulisic
- Leicester are winless in all eight previous FA Cup matches against Chelsea (D2 L6), going out at the quarter-final stage in their last two ties against the Blues in 2011-12 and 2017-18.
- Chelsea have only faced Hull City (11 games) and Burnley (9) more often in the FA Cup without losing than their eight unbeaten games against Leicester.
- Leicester have been eliminated from all 10 domestic cup ties against Chelsea (four League Cup, six FA Cup), the joint-worst record by a team against an opponent in FA Cup/League Cup ties, along with Stoke City vs Liverpool (eliminated in all 10 ties).
- Chelsea have lost only two of their last 20 games against Leicester in all competitions (W13 D5 L2), although they are winless in four against the Foxes (D3 L1).
- Leicester City are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign – they have been eliminated in four FA Cup quarter-finals since then, with the most recent two coming against Chelsea.
Despite Vardy yet to score since resumption of campaign, he remains Leicester’s primary goal threat.
Vardy, 33, has an brilliant record against the traditional top six, with 32 goals in 52 appearances. However, he has scored fewest of those against Chelsea with four in 12 matches against the Blues. This will give him hunger to perform on Sunday and help the Foxes reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 1982.
Since resumption of the campaign Christian Pulisic has produced standout performances, came off the bench to equalised goal for Blues in 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
And his performance against Manchester city on Thursday evening was his best performance so far this season as he scored Blues first goal and threatening City’s defender till the end of the match.
And is sure to give huge perform when clash with Leicester city in FA Cup quarter-final at King Power stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This could be the pick of the FA Cup quarter final fixtures this weekend, with neither team jumping out as obvious winners. It will be a close fought affair, with goals expected at both ends of the pitch.
Chelsea are quite open and Leicester have the quality to create chances on the break. Given what we have seen since the restart, the visitors look the most likely winners. A narrow Chelsea win is my prediction for this one.
Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea