Chelsea vs Leicester City LIVE commentary: Blues bid to return to Wembley in FA Cup clash with Foxes – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Chelsea will be out for revenge when they host Championship leaders Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals this afternoon.

The Blues were previously undefeated when facing the Foxes in football’s oldest trophy until they came unstuck in the 2021 final.

The west Londoners have progressed from seven of their eight FA Cup ties against Leicester – the most recent meeting proving the exception.

Youri Tielemans’ long-range strike handed Leicester the FA Cup trophy for the first time in their history in May 2021.

That game was one of a record six straight domestic cup final defeats Chelsea have suffered in recent years.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have already visited the national stadium this season, having finished Carabao Cup runners-up to Liverpool.

Chelsea will now bid to return to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals off the back of 3-2 success over Newcastle but Leicester, looking to put their indifferent recent form behind them, will represent a stern test.

Chelsea vs Leicester City: Sterling effort

Raheem Sterling will be out with a point to prove when he reunites with one of his favoured opponents.

The winger was left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, to continue his absence from the national team since the World Cup.

The Three Lions chief instead opted for Sterling’s teammate Cole Palmer, who got on the scoresheet last time out against Newcastle.

However, Sterling will fancy his chances of being the hero against Leicester considering his record against them.

The 29-year-old has scored four goals in his last two appearances against Leicester in all competitions, including a brace for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in August 2022 – his first goals for the Blues.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino understands supporters’ frustrations and admits he would likely boo himself if he were a fan
  • Chelsea have progressed from seven of their eight FA Cup ties against Leicester, though the exception was a 1-0 defeat in the most recent meeting in the 2021 final.
  • Leicester have won just one of their last 13 away games against Chelsea in all competitions (D4 L8), beating them 1-0 in the Premier League in December 2018.
  • Chelsea have won their last five FA Cup quarter-final ties, since losing to Everton in 2015-16. The Blues have reached the semi-final of the competition in five of the last seven campaigns.

Chelsea vs Leicester City: Teams

Chelsea: Sanchez, Gusto, Disasi, Chalobah, Cucurella, Caicedo, Gallagher, Palmer, Sterling, Mudryk, Jackson

Subs: Petrovic, Badiashile, Thiago Silva, Acheampong, Chilwell, Harrison, Chukwuemeka, Madueke, Washington

Leicester: Stolarczyk, Choudhury, Faes, Vestergaard, Doyle, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Winks, Fatawu, Mavididi, Daka

Subs: Ward, Coady, Nelson, Justin, Yunnus, Albrighton, Marcal, Iheanacho, Cannon

  • Leicester have lost five of their last six FA Cup quarter-final ties, though the exception was their most recent one in 2020-21 en route to lifting the trophy.
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 21 home games in the FA Cup (W18 D2), losing 2-0 to Manchester United in the fifth round in 2018-19.
  • Leicester have won seven of their last eight away FA Cup matches (L1), including each of the last four in a row. They last won five consecutive away games in the competition between 1963 and 1965.

Chelsea vs Leicester City: What has been said?

Pochettino admitted that he doesn’t know what will be classed as success for Chelsea during his first season in charge.

He said: “It is a strange year to judge what is success. Expectation is sometimes high, sometimes low, it depends on mood of day like in England, sometimes it is sunny and sometimes it rains.”

He continued: “For us to reach to another semi-final will be so good for us and possibly to challenge for a final and be into Europe through the FA Cup will be massive.

“First we need to think about Leicester, who are doing very well, a very good team, with a coach doing fantastic and it will be tough to beat them.”

  • Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in his last two appearances against Leicester in all competitions, including a brace for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in August 2022 – his first goals for the Blues.
  • All seven of Leicester’s FA Cup goals this season have been scored by different players, with only six clubs having more scorers in the competition this season.

Chelsea vs Leicester City: talkSPORT coverage

This FA Cup quarter-final clash will take place on Sunday, March 17.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge will take place at 12:45pm.

talkSPORT will have live coverage from Manchester, presented by Adrian Durham from Old Trafford.

Commentary in west London comes from Joe Shennan and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Joe Brophy
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