Who wins the 2021 FA Cup Final?
Wembley will be awash with blue with 22,000 Chelsea and Leicester City fans lucky enough to get their hands on tickets to this Sunday’s game, as the Foxes make their first appearance in the final of this competition since 1969.
Here’s our big match preview as the famous old trophy gets handed out at Wembley…
FA Cup Final | Chelsea vs Leicester City Betting Predictions
With a Champions League final appearance already in the bag, and a top four finish looking increasingly likely, it’s no surprise Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea start as strong 21/20 favourites to claim their ninth FA Cup title.
The Blues will be looking for redemption after just falling short last year, when Arsenal fought back from an early Christian Pulisic goal to run out 2-1 winners.
The Chelsea hierarchy made a bold call removing club hero Frank Lampard midway through the campaign, but in Tuchel they’ve installed a manager with plenty of experience of lifting domestic cups. The German is out to make it a rare hat-trick by adding the FA Cup to a personal trophy cabinet that includes the Coupe de France (PSG) and DFB-Pokal (Borussia Dortmund), although he did also lose one final during his time in the French game.
CHELSEA’S ROUTE TO THE FINAL 🚗
3rd Round – Morecambe (H) – 4–0
4th Round – Luton Town (H) – 3–1
5th Round – Barnsley (A) – 1–0
Quarter-Finals – Sheffield United (H) – 2–0
Semi-Finals – Manchester City (N) – 1–0
The West Londoners were handed a relatively serene route to the latter stages of this competition, only meeting top-flight opposition at the quarter-final stage, a home clash with struggling Sheffield Utd.
However, they proved no pushovers in a tactically flawless win over Champions League rivals Man City in the semi-finals, with Hakim Ziyech’s clinical 55th minute strike handing them a deserved 1-0 victory back in mid-April.
Tuchel’s charges will need to improve on their mediocre record against the Foxes in recent seasons if they are going to set up the prospect of a tantalising cup double to end this campaign. The Blues have picked up just one win in six attempts over Leicester, although that came in this competition last season: a 1-0 win at the semi-final stages.
Leicester City made history in 2016 by lifting a first ever Premier League title.
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Brendan Rodgers’ side are 61/20 to break new ground at Wembley Stadium, and the Foxes arrive here with renewed confidence after sparking back into life with a win against a makeshift Man Utd side on Tuesday evening.
The Northern Irishman will be out to achieve some personal redemption in this competition having squandered the opportunity to reach the final during his time with Liverpool. His Reds side slipped to a surprise 2-1 semi-final defeat in 2015 to a struggling Aston Villa team that would go on to lose 4-0 in the final to Arsenal.
LEICESTER’S ROUTE TO THE FINAL 🚙
3rd Round – Stoke City (A) – 4–0
4th Round – Brentford (A) – 3–1
5th Round – Brighton & Hove Albion (H) – 1–0
Quarter-Finals – Manchester United (H) – 3-1
Semi-Finals – Southampton (N) – 1–0
The Foxes have faced a more arduous route to this year’s final compared to Saturday’s opponents, facing all Premier League opposition from the fifth round onwards. A last-gasp goal from Kelechi Iheanacho helped them sneak past Brighton in the fifth round. The 24-year-old Nigerian has been key to their progress in this tournament since, netting twice in the quarter-finals against Man Utd, and breaking Southampton’s hearts to help the Foxes bank a narrow 1-0 win in the semis.
The 18-goal marksman will be key to the underdogs’ chances here, and he’s one of only a handful of Foxes players with cup-winning experience at Wembley, having lifted the EFL Cup with Man City in 2016.
Jonny Evans is another boasting ample cup pedigree, and Rodgers will be hoping his battle-hardened defender is back to full fitness to play a full part on Saturday after a recent injury scare.
FA Cup Final Correct Score Predictions
Saturday 15th May
CHELSEA 3-1 LEICESTER CITY
FA Cup Final Betting Tips
We’ve gazed into our crystal ball to pick out our three FA Cup Final betting predictions…
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.