Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Leicester City welcome Chelsea to the King Power Stadium on Sunday for a sixth round FA Cup tie that promises plenty of action. These two teams are currently third and fourth in the Premier League, with the Foxes a point ahead of the Blues in the table. Both teams will be eyeing the Cup as a way to win some silverware this season, though they will be hoping that it does not distract too much from their respective attempts to finish in the top four in the league. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found in this FA Cup fixture!
In Leicester’s two Premier League matches since football resumed, winning has been a problem. The Foxes have drawn their two games so far, 1-1 away at Watford and 0-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his side have struggled to find any fluency in attack, which seems a fair assessment given that City have managed just four shots on target in those two draws. Striker Jamie Vardy has failed to score in 11 of his 12 games since Christmas. If you think he can improve that record on Sunday, Coral have odds of 5/4 on him being an anytime goalscorer.
Frank Lampard must be happy with the way his team have played since football resumed. The Blues have won their two Premier League games so far, both 2-1. Those games have been away at Aston Villa and at home to Manchester City. That win over City will have given Lampard’s side a huge boost ahead of this Cup tie. The west Londoners have now taken 13 points from the last 15 in the Premier League and will surely be feeling confident that they can reach the semi-final now. Chelsea are unbeaten in four games in all competitions, with three wins in their last three games.
These two teams have already met twice in the Premier League this season, with both of those games ending in draws. The first of those was way back in August, with the game at Stamford Bridge ending in a 1-1 draw. Mason Mount opened the scoring for the Blues in the seventh minute of the game that day, before Wilfred Ndidi slotted a 67th minute equaliser for the Foxes. In the reverse fixture, at the King Power in February, the game ended 2-2. Antonio Rudiger scored both of Chelsea’s goals that day, with Leicester’s coming from Harvey Barnes and Ben Chilwell. If you think Rudiger will be among the goal this weekend, he is 10/1 at Coral to score at any time in the game.
The two Premier League meetings between the sides last season only produced one goal. Leicester won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first meeting, while the second clash at Leicester ended goalless. Coral have odds of 13/5 that there will be fewer than 1.5 goals in this weekend’s game.
While goals are often in short supply in recent games between these two sides, there have been plenty of goals in Chelsea’s away games in 2019/20. Both teams have scored in 15 of Chelsea’s 19 away matches this season. That stat is countered, however, by the fact that six of Leicester’s last seven games have produced no more than two goals. It looks like things might be tense and tight on Sunday, and anyone betting on a draw might be turn out to be a very perceptive punter. Set-pieces could be where scoring opportunities are created – that was how Rudiger managed to bag his brace against the Foxes earlier this season.
Jamie Vardy’s inability to find the net recently may lead to Brendan Rodgers altering his team’s formation. Vardy has been partnering Kelechi Iheanacho in a 4-4-2 formation for the Foxes, but this has not proved particularly effective at getting the former England striker into the game. Rodgers may revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation this weekend.
Our prediction for this game is that it will be settled by a single goal, with Chelsea winning 1-0. Leicester’s games do not produce many goals at the moment, but we suspect that Lampard’s team will have just enough quality in attack to score the one goal they need to claim a semi-final spot. Our recommended tip comes from Coral, who are offering a price of 7/2 on Chelsea winning to nil. That goal may well come from a set-piece too, perhaps even the penalty spot.