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Team news: Leicester City vs Chelsea

Frank Lampard makes six changes from the team that started our midweek win over Manchester City, with Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour among those returning to the starting line-up.

Abraham leads the line up front supported by Thursday’s goalscorers Christian Pulisic and Willian, the latter as captain, as well as Mason Mount. N’Golo Kante partners Billy Gilmour in central midfield.

Willy Caballero replaces Kepa in goal behind a back four of Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Toni Rudiger and Emerson.

Leicester make four changes from their most recent outing, a 0-0 Premier League draw with Brighton. Jamie Vardy leads their attack, though James Maddison misses out.

Chelsea Caballero; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Gilmour; Willian (c), Mount, Pulisic; Abraham

Subs Kepa, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi

Leicester City Schmeichel; Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Tielemans, Ndidi; Perez, Praet, Barnes; Vardy

Subs Ward, Morgan, Fuchs, Bennett, Mendy, Choudhury, Albrighton, Gray, Iheanacho

The referee is Mike Dean.

Stats recap

The Blues have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in four of the last five seasons – going on to win the competition the last time we reached this stage in 2018 (1-0 v Man Utd in the final).

We are aiming to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the 10th time in 19 years, more than any other club in that period.

Chelsea have won 11 (including one on penalties) of our last 12 FA Cup ties, losing just to Man Utd in 2019.

Frank Lampard’s side have lost just one of our last 10 domestic league and cup games, winning the last four.

Head-to-head record

We have a good record against Leicester in the FA Cup, having progressed on each occasion we have been drawn against each other. Most recently we won at the same stage of the competition two seasons ago on the way to lifting the trophy, with Alvaro Morata and Pedro on target at the King Power Stadium in a 2-1 win.

We also played in the quarter-finals in 2012, yet again an FA Cup-winning season. The Blues won 5-2 at home with Fernando Torres scoring twice.

It was a fifth round win in 2000, thanks to goals at Stamford Bridge from Gustavo Poyet and George Weah, and sure enough, we won the FA Cup that year too, as we did in 1997. And yes, Leicester were part of that run as well! It was a fifth-round tie, which needed a replay and a Frank Leboeuf penalty to decide it.

Our second FA Cup meeting was in the season after the Second World War when ties were played over two legs. In the third round, Tommy Lawton was among the scorers when we won 3-1 on aggregate across the two games.

We first met in the competition 100 years ago in the third round when we were comfortable 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have won seven and drawn two of our last 10 away games at Leicester in all competitions.

Both Premier League games between Chelsea and Leicester this season ended in draws.

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