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How to watch Chelsea vs Leicester City on live TV: Channel Info, Preview & More
Following Saturday's FA Cup Final, Tuchel and Rodgers face off again knowing a defeat for either side will probably cost them the top four.
By Craig Humpage
Published on Tuesday 18 May 2021
Leicester City lifted the FA Cup trophy for the first time in their history at the weekend after beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final at Wembley. Now Brendan Rodgers side travel to Stamford Bridge for a repeat of the fixture just three days later with the race for the top four hotter than ever. Liverpool can now guarantee a top four finish if they win their last two games, meaning a loss for either of these two sides will almost certainly cost them a place in next season's Champions League. Leicester can give themselves a great chance with only a draw but a loss will take it out of their hands. Meanwhile Chelsea must either win here or beat Manchester City in the Champions League final next weekend to have control over their own destiny. The stakes couldn't be higher as a dramatic Premier League season comes to a close.
Form: Chelsea vs Leicester
The ramifications of this match will permeate around the country and both Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to secure all three points. The Foxes will of course go into this one with the valuable psychological boost of having beaten the London side in the FA cup final at the weekend. They will be ruing those four dropped points against Newcastle and Southampton which put them in this situation but the win they picked up at Old Trafford in their last Premier League game has taken some of the pressure off at least. Nonetheless, the team will play under the looming shadow of their capitulation at the end of last season. Once again they've been in the top four most of the campaign and will be desperate to avoid falling at the last hurdle once again. They may also be a little drained both physically and emotionally after their monumental result at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have potentially the best squad depth in the league and are more than capable of moving things around to freshen up the starting lineup. Their issue may also be one of self doubt. Two frustrating 1-0 defeats in a row, one in the league against struggling Arsenal, and the other on Saturday in the FA Cup final, may take their toll mentally. In both games, the Blues dominated possession and chances but just weren't clinical enough to score. They continue to be extremely hard to score against. They fell to a freak mistake from Jorginho against the Gunners and to a world class strike from Youri Tielemans against Leicester. German coach Thomas Tuchel has undoubtedly had a positive impact since taking over from Frank Lampard, winning 17 of his 27 matches in charge and conceding only 13 goals, but this past week has to have been difficult for him and his side. He will hope to pick the players up and go again for this huge Premier League game on Tuesday.
Team News: Chelsea vs Leicester
In Chelsea team news, Long term absentee Mateo Kovacic is still a doubt. He's been missing for 10 games so may be lacking match fitness but the Croatian could be thrown in at the deep end here. Andreas Christensen, who like Mateo Kovacic has a hamstring injury, is said to be out until at least their final Premier League match away at Aston Villa and therefore won't be available for The Blues against Leicester. Expect some rotation from their FA Cup Final side with Chelsea making use of their strength in depth. Timo Werner may miss out after once again failing to find the net. Ben Chilwell could start ahead of Marcos Alonso this time after replacing him at the weekend.
Jonny Evans battled hard to get back for the game at Wembley but it all came too soon. He was brought off on 34 minutes after aggravating his existing muscle injury. He may not return this season. Rodgers opted to move Timothy Castagne into the back three and utilize club legend Marc Albrighton at wing back in his place. The move worked a treat as Leicester managed to keep Chelsea's attacking hordes at bay for the full 90 minutes and win the FA Cup under huge pressure. Foxes fans will hope they can do the same if they put out the same side for this match. Jonny Evans has been priceless for Leicester in the heart of their defence and the likes of Soyuncu and Fofana will need to be on the top of their game to make up for his loss. The only other injury concerns Leicester have are Harvey Barnes and James Justin who have both sustained serious knee injuries and won't be back until next season.
"We’ll see what he’s like for next weekend, but he won’t be involved tomorrow."— Leicester City 🏆 (@LCFC) May 17, 2021
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Prediction: Chelsea vs Leicester
We are expecting another cagey affair on Tuesday night. So much is riding on this and given the organisational and tactical acumen of both coaches, a goal fest is unlikely to materialise. Chelsea will likely dominate possession and Rodgers' side will look to pounce on the break. Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to score first because he will know that the Foxes can settle for a draw and for them a clean sheet will be the number one priority. If it's goalless after the first half, expect Chelsea to push the envelope a little more and throw some players forward. This could give Leicester the space they need for Tielemans to find the likes of Vardy and Maddison breaking away at pace.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
How to watch Chelsea vs Leicester
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Chelsea vs Leicester City
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Kick off Time - 8:15
Channel: Sky Sports Main Event | Sky Sports Premier League
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