Kick-off: 2015, 18/05/2021
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea are fancied to claim some revenge for their FA Cup final loss to Leicester, as both teams chase a Premier League top-four finish.
Liverpool’s dramatic win over West Brom has put the onus on the Blues to go all out for victory and that can spur them on to success at Stamford Bridge.
We’re happy to take 7/10 for a home win as our first Chelsea vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea must bounce back from tasting defeat in a second successive FA Cup final, with Youri Tielemans firing in the only goal of the game at Wembley.
A potential late equaliser was ruled out for offside by VAR, while Cesar Azpilicueta couldn’t quite connect with a far-post header with the goal at his mercy.
Kasper Schmeichel also made two crucial saves, turning Ben Chilwell’s header onto a post and palming Mason Mount’s fierce effort away.
In the battle to qualify for the Champions League, Chelsea are two points behind third-placed Leicester and now just one in front of Liverpool, with two rounds of fixtures to go.
Thomas Tuchel was happy with the way his side handled Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday, but called for calmer heads up front.
“I felt we were too hectic and I am sure it is not just to do with age,” said the manager. “Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are not so, so young, but yes, we can improve there.
“It sticks a bit with us throughout the season and it is a lack of composure and precision. It holds you back from winning games.”
Tuchel can freshen things up by bringing in the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell from the start after they looked dangerous as second-half substitutes.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Leicester odds, we feel 13/5 for Havertz to score in a home win is fair value.
Seven of the eight goals he has netted in all competitions this term have come on home turf.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Silva, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Ziyech, Werner.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester greeted a first FA Cup triumph in their 137-year existence with understandable joy and emotion, especially with over 6,000 fans back in attendance.
Vardy suggested the victory had felt even more special than City’s shock Premier League win five years ago and hailed the influence of Brendan Rodgers.
“You can see with how he’s got us playing, he wants us to play a certain way and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Vardy told LCFC TV. “Everyone’s bought into it.
“To keep that progression going is testament to himself and what he’s working with us on on the training field, and testament to the lads for wanting to put the work in.
“We’ll keep going, keep progressing as much as we can and there’s two important games now in the league to look forward to.”
However, such was the outpouring of delight during the trophy celebrations, we just fear the Foxes may struggle to get back up again so soon.
Let’s add 15/8 for a home win by more than one clear goal to our Chelsea vs Leicester betting tips.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.
CHELSEA 0-1 LEICESTER – Youri Tielemans
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