The FA Cup may lack the glamor and significance it once had. But it is still one of football’s major trophies (England) and therefore winning is still a major achievement. And Chelsea are very successful in this competition, especially in the present day, reaching the 12th finals in the past 30 years – and fourth in the last five! – and are looking for our 8th victory in that same period.
Three of the four losses in these modern-day finals have reached Arsenal’s hands, including two in the past five years, making “Chelsea Cup” and “Wemble’s second home”;. Fortunately, we have lost to the Gunners in the league this time. That doesn’t mean Leicester City are easier to beat, especially as they look for their first FA Cup final in their fifth final.
Chelsea and Leicester return to play on Tuesday in the “second final”, this time in the top four. But the only thing that matters right now is Magic of the Cup ™, and unlike last season, we’ll have fans in the stands!
Date & Time: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. BST; 12:15 p.m. EDT; 9:45 p.m. EST.
Location: Wembley Stadium, London – 20,000 people who pass the test and wear masks will be allowed to enter.
Referee: Michael Oliver (in the field); Chris Kavanagh & Sian Massey-Ellis (VAR) – Oliver also judged our final FA Cup win over Manchester United 1-0 in 2017.
prophecy: It rains and it rains more, and it may rain more.
On TV: BBC One, BT Sport 1 (UK); None (United States); Sony TEN 2 (India); Super Sports Premier League (NGA); Elsewhere
Streaming: BBC iPlayer, BT Sport Live (UK); ESPN + (United States); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA) – We (WAGNH) have files. Affiliate links for ESPN + If you’re in the US and want to sign up for the best value in sports streaming. (Or if you like me, sign up for the set Disney-Hulu-ESPN +, which costs more dollars. But still worth it)
Chelsea team news: Chelsea are in perfect health, although whether Mateo Kovačić or Andreas Christensen is appropriate is up for debate. Kovačić has been trying to come back from a hamstring injury for almost a month, while Kristensen is expected to try to return in one of these two games against Leicester City. But it was not mentioned at the pre-match press conference.
Thomas Tuchel insists he will give Kepa a chance to win the Cup and we should get N’Golo Kanté back from the day. With his “pain management”, Cante had a fitness problem before the last three finals (Europa League 2019, FA Cup 2020 and now) and that dire circuit appears to be. Continue
Chelsea have responded to every setback and (rare) setback under Tuchel with effort, strength and quality, so hopefully that format will last.
Leicester City team news: Leicester were able to maintain a solid top four in the Premier League by beating Manchester United’s B team on Tuesday. But next Tuesday’s match is big for them too, with Liverpool coming up like a vomiting rocket from fifth place. But, like Chelsea, Leicester will be fully focused on the competition. This is especially true as they have the opportunity to make history and win the first FA Cup in club history.
Brendan Rodgers, a former Chelsea youth and reserve coach, will be without James Justin Harvey Barnes and Wes Morgan, while Jonny Evans is the deciding play-time. game But their key player could be Kelechi Iheanacho, who has had a rather remarkable second half of the season, including goals in each of the final three rounds of the FA Cup campaign and 15 in 17 appearances in all competitions from the start. Of February
Watch out for the enemy: The Fosse Posse
Before: We have failed to beat Leicester in the league in the last six times since 2017 (four draws, two losses) but we have beaten them twice in the FA Cup finals (quarter) in the middle. That time, including Ross Barkley 1-0, inspired last season and won 2-1 in extra time in 2018, a goal scored by Pedro … with his head!