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Chelsea vs Leicester - the stats

Wembley awaits and our run-up to the FA Cup final continues with plenty of facts and figures about the Blues and the Foxes... 


Chelsea vs Leicester head to head

This is the first of two meetings between the Blues and the Foxes in five days. Leicester will be looking to win twice against us in a season for the first time since 2000/01, having already beaten us in the Premier League in January.

Chelsea and Leicester are meeting in the FA Cup for the third time in the past four seasons.

We have a good record against the Foxes in the FA Cup, having won on each occasion we have been drawn against each other.


Last meeting in the FA Cup

LEICESTER CITY 0 CHELSEA 1
Quarter-final, King Power Stadium, 28.06.20, 4pm
Leicester City (4-5-1): Schmeichel (c); Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez (Albrighton 57), Praet (Choudhury 57), Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes (Gray 76); Vardy
Unused subs Ward, Morgan, Fuchs, Bennett, Mendy, Iheanacho
Booked Soyuncu 23
Manager Brendon Rodgers

Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; James (Azpilicueta h/t), Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson; Mount (Barkley h/t), Kante, Gilmour (Kovacic h/t); Willian (c) (Pedro 77), Abraham, Pulisic (Loftus-Cheek 72)
Unused subs Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Jorginho, Giroud
Scorer Barkley 63
Head coach Frank Lampard

Referee Mike Dean


Biggest win for each team

Leicester 0-4 Chelsea - 2003/04 (PL)
Chelsea 4-0 Leicester - 1924/25 (Div Two), 1957/58 (Div One), 1994/95 (PL)
Leicester 4-0 Chelsea - 1924/25 (Div Two)
 

Chelsea stats

Chelsea have reached the final of a major competition in five consecutive seasons for the first time in our history (2017 FA Cup, 2018 FA Cup, 2019 League Cup and Europa League, 2020 FA Cup and 2021 FA Cup and Champions League).

Chelsea are the most successful side in the FA Cup since the turn of the century, reaching 10 finals (including 2021) and winning six of them. All three of our defeats in that time were to the Arsenal in 2002, 2017 and 2020. We are playing in our fourth FA Cup final in the past five seasons.

We have reached our 15th FA Cup final. Only Arsenal 21 and Man Utd 20 have made the final on more occasions. Only these two clubs have won the trophy more times than the Blues (eight).


Chelsea are playing our 25th game at the new Wembley Stadium when it has been classed as a neutral venue, six more than any other side (this does not include games against Tottenham when we were the away team).

Chelsea have won the FA Cup eight times under eight different managers. Thomas Tuchel is looking to make it nine.

Tuchel is the first German manager to reach the FA Cup final.

Chelsea have won 18 (including one on penalties) of our last 20 FA Cup ties, losing to Man Utd in 2019 and Arsenal in last season’s final.


FA Cup scorers

Abraham 4, Ziyech 2, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Mount 1, Werner 1, own goal 1


Semi-final line up

Saturday 17 April
Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
Team (3-4-2-1): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva (Zouma 87), Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech (Emerson 78), Mount (Pulisic 70); Werner (Havertz 78)
Scorer: Ziyech 55


Since the beginning of 2018, we have won three and lost three penalty shoot-outs. We lost our one this season 5-4 away at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.

 

Milestones

If selected, Kurt Zouma will make his 150th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions.

Mateo Kovacic and Reece James’ next appearance will be their 50th of the season for club and country.

Against Arsenal on Wednesday, Christian Pulisic made his 50th Premier League appearance as well as his 50th start for the Blues in all competitions. Mason Mount became the first player to reach a half century of Chelsea appearances this season.


Leicester stats

Best seasons in the FA Cup
Runners-up: 1948/49, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1968/69
Semi-finalists: 1933/34, 1973/74, 1981/82
 
This season’s FA Cup stats (5 games)
Most starts: Perez 5, Tielemans 5, Ndidi 4, Soyuncu 4
Most assists: Tielemans 2, five on one
Most clean sheets: Schmeichel 2, Ward 1


Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969, a gap of 52 years, the longest between finals since Portsmouth went 69 and Cardiff went 81 between finals before facing one another in 2008.

The Foxes have lost all four previous FA Cup finals, the most appearances a side has made without winning the trophy.

Thirty different teams have reached the final since the Foxes last appearance in 1969.

Since his debut in the FA Cup in January 2016, Kelechi Iheanacho has scored more goals in the competition (first round onwards) than any other player, netting 14 times in 19 games.

No player has scored more goals in this season’s FA Cup than Kelechi Iheanacho (four), who has scored a third of the Foxes’ goals on their way to the final netting in the fifth round, quarter-final and the only goal in the semi-final.

Leicester will be appearing in the final of a major cup competition for the first time since 2000 when they beat Tranmere 2-1 at Wembley in the League Cup final.

The Foxes are targeting four consecutive FA Cup wins against top-flight sides for the first time.

The Foxes have lost 10 of their previous 15 games played at Wembley Stadium.

Leicester have won four of their past five penalty shoot-outs, all in the League Cup.
 


FA Cup scorers

Iheanacho 4, Tielemans 2 (1 pen), Albrighton 1, Barnes 1, Justin 1, Maddison 1, Perez 1, Under 1


Leicester’s last FA Cup line-up

Semi-final, Wembley, Sunday 18 April
Leicester City 1 Southampton 0
3-4-1-2: Schmeichel (c); Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Castagne, Nditi, Tielemans, Pereira (Albrighton 60); Perez (Maddison 69); Iheanacho, Vardy
Scorer: Iheanacho 55
Attendance: 4,000
 

Brendan Rodgers, who won the Scottish FA Cup with Celtic, could become the first manager to win both the English and Scottish FA Cup since Sir Alex Ferguson achieved it with Aberdeen and Man Utd.


Brendan Rodgers managerial record against Chelsea

Won 1
Drawn 8
Lost 7

Referee and VAR

Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Chris Kavanagh

This will be Michael Oliver’s second FA Cup final as the man in the middle, following his appointment for the 2018 final when Chelsea beat Man Utd. He has been in charge of three Chelsea games this season; both league games with Crystal Palace and our Boxing Day game at Arsenal.

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