FA Cup Final Betting: Chelsea favourites to beat Leicester at Wembley
Hakim Ziyech Chelsea Manchester City FA Cup 2020-21
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The Blues face the Foxes in this year's showpiece event and the bookmakers are backing Thomas Tuchel's men to lift the trophy for the ninth time

Leicester City and Chelsea will compete in this year’s FA Cup final on May 15 after both edged their semi-final clashes 1-0 at Wembley.

The Blues reached a fourth showpiece in five seasons after upsetting a lacklustre Manchester City thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s goal, presenting Thomas Tuchel with his first chance to win silverware since taking over as manager in January.

bet365 make Chelsea 11/10 (2.10) favourites to win the match inside 90 minutes and lift the trophy for the second time in three years, having also done so in 2018 when Eden Hazard’s penalty was enough to see them past Manchester United.

Leicester have never won the FA Cup and are 12/5 (3.40) outsiders to finally break that duck 52 years after they last reached the final.

The Foxes qualified for this stage after a fairly tedious semi-final victory over Southampton which saw Kelechi Iheanacho score with the only shot on target in the entire match.

Only two of the last 13 finals have gone to extra time and it is 12/5 (3.40) that this one needs an additional 30 minutes – and potentially penalties – to split the sides.

These teams have recent history in the FA Cup, with Chelsea winning a fourth-round tie when they met in January 2020 and a quarter-final match in 2018, both at King Power Stadium.

However, Premier League clashes have told a different story. Leicester are actually unbeaten in six top-flight clashes against the Blues, albeit drawing four of those, and will be hoping to carry that form to Wembley next month.

Six of the last eight fixtures between these teams in all competitions have featured less than three strikes and a repeat of that pays out at 9/10 (1.90) with bet365, while the reverse is also offered at 9/10 (1.90), and an FA Cup final seeing over 2.5 strikes would mark the sixth time in eight such showpieces that it has landed.

Both teams to score, which has happened in three of the five most recent FA Cup finals, is just 7/10 (1.70) with the bookmakers clearly expecting some action at Wembley in May.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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Chelsea

form

All
MCI 1 - 2 CHE
W
CHE 2 - 0 RMA
W
CHE 2 - 0 FUL
W
RMA 1 - 1 CHE
D
WHU 0 - 1 CHE
W
CHE 0 - 0 BHA
D
CHE 1 - 0 MCI
W
CHE 0 - 1 POR
L
CRY 1 - 4 CHE
W
POR 0 - 2 CHE
W
Leicester City

form

All
MUN 1 - 2 LEI
W
LEI 2 - 4 NEW
L
SOU 1 - 1 LEI
D
LEI 2 - 1 CRY
W
LEI 3 - 0 WBA
W
LEI 1 - 0 SOU
W
WHU 3 - 2 LEI
L
LEI 0 - 2 MCI
L
BHA 1 - 2 LEI
W
BRN 1 - 1 LEI
D
Head to Head
20 Matches (5 Draws)
12 Total wins 3
5 Home wins 2
7 Away wins 1
Last 5 Matches
1 Wins
3 Draw
1 Wins
LEI 2 - 0 CHE
LEI 0 - 1 CHE
LEI 2 - 2 CHE
CHE 1 - 1 LEI
LEI 0 - 0 CHE
4 Goals Scored 5
Games Over 2.5 Goals 1 / 5
Both Teams Scored 2 / 5
Team Comparison
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  • Discipline
Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. This will be the 140th FA Cup final, with Chelsea and Leicester becoming the 117th different pairing in the competition’s showcase. Manchester City’s 6-0 demolition of Watford in 2019 was the last time two sides met in the final for the first time.
  2. This season’s FA Cup final will take place before the end of the Premier League season. The last time this happened came back in 2012-13, when underdogs Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 to lift the trophy.
  3. Chelsea will be appearing in their 15th FA Cup final, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching the competition’s showcase on more occasions. Indeed, only the Gunners (14) and the Red Devils (12) have won the trophy on more occasions than Chelsea (8).
  4. This will be Leicester City’s fifth appearance in an FA Cup final and their first since 1969. The Foxes have lost all four previous finals, the most appearances a side has made in the competition’s showcase without ever winning the trophy.
  5. Chelsea have reached the FA Cup final in four of the last five seasons (W1 L2), with the Blues finishing runners up in last season’s competition to Arsenal. The last side to lose the FA Cup final in consecutive seasons was Newcastle in 1998 and 1999.
  6. Including replays, Chelsea have only played more FA Cup matches without ever losing against Hull City (11) than against Leicester (9 – W7 D2), progressing from each of their previous seven ties against the Foxes in the competition.
  7. Leicester City will be appearing in the final of a major cup competition for the first time since 2000, beating Tranmere 2-1 at Wembley in the League Cup final, courtesy of a brace from captain Matt Elliott.
  8. Chelsea have reached the final of a major domestic/European cup competition in five consecutive seasons for the first time in the club’s history (2017 FA Cup final, 2018 FA Cup final, 2019 League Cup and Europa League final, 2020 FA Cup final and 2021 FA Cup and Champions League final).
  9. Leicester City have won just four of their 15 games played at Wembley stadium (D1 L10). Following their victory against Southampton in the semi-final, the Foxes will be aiming to win back-to-back matches at this venue for just the second time, previously doing so when winning the 1994 and 1996 second tier play off finals.
  10. Chelsea have lost four of their last seven trips to Wembley (W2 D1), as many defeats as in their previous 17 visits to this ground (W11 D2).
  11. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers – who won the Scottish FA Cup with Celtic in 2017 & 2018 – could become the first manager to win both the English and Scottish FA Cup since Sir Alex Ferguson (four Scottish FA Cup titles with Aberdeen and five English FA Cup titles with Man Utd).
  12. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will become the first ever German manager to lead his side out for an English FA Cup final, with the Blues still yet to concede a goal under him in this season’s competition.
  13. Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – the last player to score an FA Cup final goal in consecutive seasons was Didier Drogba, also for Chelsea in 2009 (vs Everton) and 2010 (vs Portsmouth). 
  14. No player has scored more goals in this season’s FA Cup than Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho (4), who has scored a third of the Foxes’ goals on their way to the final (4/12), netting in the fifth round, quarter-final and the winner against Southampton in the semi-final.
  15. Despite playing in each of the last three rounds for Leicester, Jamie Vardy is still yet to score in this season’s FA Cup. Indeed, he’s scored just twice in 15 appearances in the competition for the Foxes, with his last strike coming against Chelsea in March 2018.
  16. Since his first appearance in the competition in January 2016, Kelechi Iheanacho has scored more FA Cup goals than any other player (14, excluding qualifiers). He could become just the second Nigerian to score in an FA Cup final, after Kanu for Portsmouth in 2008.
  17. Should he feature, Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud will appear in his sixth FA Cup final, a tally bettered only by Ashley Cole (8), Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane (7 each) in the post WWII era. The Frenchman has been directly involved in six goals in his last nine FA Cup matches at Wembley stadium (3 goals, 3 assists).
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