Chelsea vs Leicester City: Good news for Chelsea ahead FA cup final as three major star rule out of Leicester City squad

Saturday’s FA Cup final represents 119th meeting between Chelsea and Leicester in all competitions, with the Blues boasting 57 wins compared to 27 for the Foxes.

Chelsea dumped Leicester out of the FA Cup in last year’s quarter-finals, and they are unbeaten in nine previous meetings against the Foxes in the competition – winning seven and drawing two.

The quarter-final win represents the Blues’ only win against the Foxes in their last six attempts, though, as Lampard oversaw a 2-0 defeat to Leicester in January before being given the boot.

The FA Cup will be draped in blue by the close of play on Saturday, as Leicester City and Chelsea battle it out for the chance to lift the prestigious trophy in front of 21,000 Wembley spectators.

The Foxes will be taking part in their fifth final as they search for their maiden FA Cup crown, while Saturday’s game represents Chelsea’s 15th appearance in the showpiece event as they seek a ninth triumph.

Brendan Rodgers’s men dumped Southampton out in the semi-finals to make plans for May 15, while Thomas Tuchel’s side ended Manchester City’s quadruple dream in the final four to book their spot in the 140th FA Cup final.

Leicester will walk out onto the Wembley turf without long-term absentees James Justin and Harvey Barnes (both knee), while a back injury will prevent Premier League-winning captain Wes Morgan from having another shot at silverware.

However, Rodgers is hopeful that Jonny Evans will be able to power through and shake off a foot injury in time to take his rightful spot in defence alongside Wesley Fofana and Soyuncu.

Evans’s return would allow Timothy Castagne to feature on the flanks as Marc Albrighton drops out, while Ricardo Pereira should be fit enough to displace Thomas, despite his wonder strike at Old Trafford.

James Maddison was initially named on the bench at Old Trafford as Rodgers manages his fitness, so the playmaker is expected to replace Ayoze Perez in the first XI for Saturday’s final.

Jamie Vardy is still waiting to make the net ripple in this season’s FA Cup, but his record against big-six sides speaks for itself, and he is sure to lead the line alongside the red-hot Iheanacho.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Tuchel is hopeful that Mateo Kovacic can shake off a thigh problem in time to make the squad, but the midfielder would surely be named among the substitutes given his extended spell on the sidelines.

Jorginho will therefore be given the chance to redeem himself at Wembley, and Tuchel confirmed that Achilles pain prevented N’Golo Kante from featuring against Arsenal, so the Frenchman is now classed as a doubt for the final.

Kante will start over Billy Gilmour if fit, though, while Ziyech is sure to come back in following his decisive goal in the semi-final – most likely over the fatigued Christian Pulisic.

Timo Werner was also given the night off in midweek and could lead the line over Kai Havertz, who spurned a gilt-edged chance to put Chelsea ahead against Arsenal.

Antonio Rudiger should also be fit enough to return, but it remains to be seen if Andreas Christensen will be passed fit for the final, while Tuchel has confirmed that Kepa will keep his place in goal over Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner

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