Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
All eyes will be on King Power Stadium when Leicester City and Chelsea face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals. The Foxes set up a meeting with Frank Lampard’s troops by beating Wigan Athletic, Brentford, and Birmingham City, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football game. Despite struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Jamie Vardy.
The Blues, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 2-1 win over Manchester City in the EPL derby. Chelsea won their last FA Cup trophy in the 2017/18 season ago, and, no doubt, they are eager to repeat the success. However, as beating Leicester City at King Power Stadium is easier said than done, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Both managers can count on key players for Sunday’s showdown.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.