The resumption of the season shifts up another gear this Sunday when we add cup competition to our league programme. We build up to Chelsea's FA Cup game against Leicester City with some key facts and figures...
Chelsea vs Leicester head to head FA Cup 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.
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)
Last meeting in the FA Cup
LEICESTER CITY 1 CHELSEA 2After extra timeQuarter-final, King Power Stadium, 18.03.18, 4.30pm
Leicester City (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson (Diabate h/t e/t), Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Iborra (Silva h/t e/t), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 115); Iheanacho (Okazaki 68), Vardy.Unused subs: Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs.Manager: Claude PuelBooked: MaguireScorer: Vardy 76
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen (Cahill 101), Rüdiger; Moses, Bakayoko (Fàbregas h/t), Kanté, Alonso; Willian (Pedro 92), Hazard; Morata (Giroud 105)Unused subs: Eduardo, Zappacosta, Emerson.Head Coach: Antonio ConteBooked: Bakayoko, Moses.Injured: David Luiz, Barkley, Drinkwater, Courtois, AmpaduScorers: Morata 42, Pedro 105
Referee: Craig PawsonAttendance: 31,792
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.
Chelsea’s season in the FA Cup
R3 Nottingham Forest (h) W 2-0R4 Hull (a) W 2-1R5 Liverpool (h) W 2-0
FA Cup scorers: Barkley 2, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Tomori 1, Willian 1.
Chelsea are aiming for a fifth consecutive win for the first time since October 2019 when we managed seven in a row.Leicester City are aiming to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time in 38 years. On the last occasion they were beaten at Villa Park by eventual winners Tottenham in April 1982. Gary Lineker played up front. Spurs knocked Chelsea out of the competition at Stamford Bridge a month earlier.
Leicester City Stats
Best seasons in the FA Cup
Runners-up: 1948/49, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1968/69Semi-finalists: 1933/34, 1973/74, 1981/82
This season’s stats (all competitions)Most appearances: Evans 38, Maddison 38, Soyuncu 37, Schmeichel 36, Tielemans 36.Top scorers: Vardy 19, Maddison 9, Iheanacho 8, Barnes 7, Perez 7
Leicester City are aiming to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time in 38 years. On the last occasion they were beaten at Villa Park by eventual winners Tottenham in April 1982. Gary Lineker played up front. Spurs knocked Chelsea out of the competition at Stamford Bridge a month earlier.
Since the return to football, the Foxes have drawn both their Premier League games at Watford last weekend and at home to Brighton in midweek.
Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI for the goalless draw against Brighton on Tuesday was: Schmeichel (c); Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Gray, Mendy, Ndidi, Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho.
Leicester have won two, drawn four and lost three of their last nine games in all competitions. They have failed to score in four of their last six matches against top-flight opposition.Leicester are facing their first Premier League opposition in the FA Cup since March 2018 when they lost to Chelsea 1-2 at the King Power.Brendan Rodgers’ side have yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup.
Leicester’s season in the FA Cup so far
R3 Wigan (h) W 2-0R4 Brentford (a) W 1-0R5 Birmingham (h) W 1-0
FA Cup scorersBarnes 1, Iheanacho 1, Pereira 1, own-goal 1
Leicester’s last six seasons in the FA Cup
2013/14 Lost at Stoke in the third round2014/15 Lost at Aston Villa in the fifth round2015/16 Lost at home to Tottenham in the third round2016/17 Lost at Millwall in the fifth round2017/18 Lost at home to Chelsea in the quarter-final2018/19 Lost at Newport County in the third round
Brendan Rodgers managerial record against Chelsea
Won 0Drawn 8Lost 6
Leicester's last FA Cup line-up
Fifth round, Wednesday 4 MarchLeicester 1 Birmingham 04-1-4-1 Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi (Tielemans 60); Albrighton, Praet, Maddison (Choudhury 84), Gray (Barnes 66); IheanachoBooked: SoyuncuScorers: Pereira 82
There are no suspensions.
Yellow cards only count in the competition in which they are received. In the FA Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
FA Cup bookings list:Leicester: Soyuncu 1Chelsea: James 1, Kovacic 1, Zouma 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Mike DeanVAR: Martin Atkinson
Mike Dean’s only Chelsea match in 2019/20 was in November in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.