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  • March 18, 2012
  • • 10:05 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
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FA Cup Preview: Chelsea - Leicester City

FA Cup Preview: Chelsea - Leicester City

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The Stamford Bridge outfit will be looking to build upon their dramatic Champions League progression to secure a place in the domestic tournament's semifinal at Wembley


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA


Cech
Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Meireles, Mikel, Romeu, Kalou
Torres, Sturridge

LEICESTER CITY


Schmeichel
St Ledger, Bamba, Morgan, Konchesky
Dyer, Wellens, Danns, Gallagher
Nugent, Beckford


Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo could be set to make a few changes to the side that emerged victorious during its dramatic extra time victory over Napoli in the Champions League during midweek.

John Terry and David Luiz are both facing a race against time to be fit for the fixture. The former England captain having not long since returned to the side after undergoing knee surgery and Luiz took a knock to his ankle during the game against the Italians.

Raul Meireles is also available for selection once again after returning from suspension.

Leicester left back and former Liverpool man Paul Konchesky returns from a three-match suspension after earning a red card in the game against Coventry earlier in the month. He faces a battle, however, with Tom Kennedy who has deputized in his absence and has gone onto make a decent impression.

Matt Mills, Lee Peltier, Steve Howard and Jeff Schlupp are all pushing for returns to the starting eleven while Danny Drinkwater, Conrad Logan and Liam Moore are all cup-tied for Nigel Pearson’s side.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roberto Di Matteo has now overseen three straight wins since taking over the Chelsea reins from sacked former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who won just one of his last seven matches at the club.
  • Chelsea has won all of the last five meetings the Foxes, with the latest a 4-3 success in the League Cup back in October 2007.
  • The Blues are unbeaten in 22 home FA Cup games, excluding penalty shootout defeats.
  • Chelsea has scored a 90th minute goal in three of its last four clashes with tomorrow’s opposition, with two of those goals turning draws into wins
  • Both teams go into the game with different managers to the ones that they started the season with. Sven Goran Eriksson and Andre Villas-Boas were both sacked for a perceived under-performance in the league..
  • Leicester has been woefully inconsistent this campaign and have won four and lost three of its last seven league games.
  • The Foxes have kept five clean sheets in six previous away FA Cup sixth round games, excluding replays, conceding just one in the other.
  • Jermaine Beckford (pictured right) is the competition's top goalscorer after netting five goals in the FA Cup so far this season.
  • The FA Cup has proven a fruitful competition for Beckford in the past too, and the former Everton striker has scored 14 goals in his last 15 FA Cup appearances.
  • If Leicester emerges from the tie as victors, it will mark the first time that they have been FA Cup semifinalists in 30 years.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chelsea

Leicester City

Wins
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0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
Leicester City FC LEI
Leicester City FC Leicester City
96%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
Leicester City FC LEI
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
Leicester City FC LEI
Chelsea FC CHE
4 - 0
Leicester City FC LEI

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