Chelsea go into Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final buoyed by a famous comeback win to book their place in the Champions League quarter-final whilst Leicester have been on a mixed run of three wins and three losses from their last six games.
The size of the task ahead for Leicester is huge as this is the sixth time in seven seasons that Chelsea have reached the FA Cup quarter-final and the west Londoners have gone on to win the competition three of the last five seasons whilst Leicester’s best performance was when they were runners-up some 42 years ago!
In team injury news; John Terry and David Luiz face late fitness tests but they are likely to be able to play. Captain Terry was unable to finish Wednesday’s epic 5-4 aggregate win over Napoli whilst Luiz hurt his ankle. A number of Wednesday’s team are set to be rested as many of them played 120 minutes that night and will need to be rested.
Leicester’s Paul Konchesky returns to the fray having served a three match suspension for a red card. At right-back there’s a tight call to be made between Ireland international Seán St. Ledger and Lee Peltier after the former replaced the latter for the midweek win over Birmingham.
Chelsea have now won three games in a row; so the Blues will go into the weekend’s tie full of confidence, especially after the most recent aforementioned 4-1 win over Napoli. Leicester however knocked a cracking Norwich side out of the Cup at Carrow Road in the last round. The prize is great; a Wembley semi-final and whilst Chelsea might be distracted by the fact they are 180 minutes away from facing Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final, one imagines they will prove too much for a Leicester side who are approaching the end of a long, hard Championship season.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Meireles, Mikel; Ramires, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba.
Leicester (Probable, 4-4-2): Schmeichel; St Ledger, Bamba, Morgan, Konchesky; Dyer, Wellens, Danns, Gallagher; Nugent, Beckford.