Chelsea vs Leicester – FA Cup Final: team news, start time, TV channel, live stream, odds

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Chelsea and Leicester will face each other in the FA Cup final on Saturday night as the pair battle it out for the last major domestic trophy of the season.

The game will be played in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, in what is arguably the most significant return to normal for British football since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first of two finals in the coming weeks for Thomas Tuchel, who has also led his Chelsea side to the Champions League final in an almost miraculous debut season with the Blues.

They secured a spot in the FA Cup final with another benchmark win over Manchester City, which they will meet again in the Champions League final on May 29.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is hoping to get his first silverware for Leicester, which hasn’t won a trophy since the Premier League title in 2016.

The duo are both still competing for a top four spot in the Premier League, with Leicester third and Chelsea fourth, and will play in another intriguing clash just three days after the final.

With the long-awaited spectacle fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.

Chelsea and Leicester will compete for the prestigious FA Cup trophy at Wembley on Saturday

When is Chelsea vs Leicester?

Chelsea and Leicester go to battle in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 15.

The all-important game takes place at Wembley Stadium and starts at 5:15 PM.

Following a successful semi-final pilot event, which saw 4,000 fans in attendance when Leicester defeated Southampton, there will now be 21,000 fans at Wembley for the final.

How to watch the FA Cup Final

The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester will be broadcast live on both BT Sport and BBC One, with programming from 3pm for the first and 1:45 pm for the last.

Subscribers to BT Sport can watch the match on both the BT website and in the app.

As for the BBC, the match will also be available to watch on both iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with highlights at 11.20pm, after the day’s match ends.

Routes to the final

Hakim Ziyech scored the all-important goal when Chelsea beat Man City in the semi-final

Hakim Ziyech scored the all-important goal when Chelsea beat Man City in the semi-final

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his fourth FA Cup goal and Leicester defeated Southampto

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his fourth FA Cup goal of the season when Leicester beat Southampton

Chelsea

Round 3: 4-0 vs Morecambe (H)

Round 4: 3-1 vs Luton (H)

Round 5: 1-0 vs Barnsley (A)

Quarter-Finals: 2-0 against Sheffield United (H)

Semi-final: 1-0 against Manchester City (Wembley)

Leicester

Round 3: 4-0 vs Stoke (A)

Round 4: 3-1 vs Brentford (A)

Round 5: 1-0 vs Brighton (A)

Quarter Final: 3-1 vs Man United (H)

Semi-final: 1-0 vs Southamptom (Wembley)

Simply put, Chelsea were just phenomenally on their way to the FA Cup final.

It has to be said, they didn’t have the most challenging routes to the semi-finals, with Sheffield United being relegated as the only Premier League team they faced.

But by beating Manchester City in the semi-final, Chelsea put down a real marker. And after only scoring one goal in their five games so far, Leicester will have to put in some performance to take the win on Saturday.

Leicester was also impressive on their way to the final, with three Premier League teams in Brighton, Manchester United and Southampton.

Their most eye-catching win is undoubtedly their 3-1 win over Manchester United, where Kelechi Iheanacho scored two of his four FA Cup goals this season.

Chelsea vs Leicester: the most important statistics

Thomas Tuchel will lead Chelsea to his first of two finals in the coming weeks

Brendan Rodgers wants to claim his first silverware as a Leicester boss

Thomas Tuchel (left) and Brendan Rodgers (right) will face each other on Saturday evening

Chelsea

League position: 4th

FA Cup top scorer: Abraham (4)

Most FA Cup assists: Hudson-Odoi (2)

FA Cup Goals Scored: 11

FA Cup goals conceded: 1

Last five league matches: 3W, 1D, 1L

Leicester

League position: 3rd

FA Cup top scorer: Iheanacho (4)

Most FA Cup assists: Tielemans (2)

FA Cup Goals Scored: 12

FA Cup goals conceded: 2

Last five league matches: 3W, 1D, 1L

Team news

The big news for Chelsea is that Tuchel has already confirmed that substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal, in a decision that may upset some Blues supporters.

Elsewhere, Tuchel has some lingering concerns in the middle of the park. Mateo Kovacic, who has missed Chelsea’s last nine games in all competitions, is in a race against time to play Saturday.

The midfielder was unable to play against Arsenal on Wednesday, but Tuchel previously confirmed that the FA Cup was a possibility.

Finally, Tuchel will sweat on the fitness of N’Golo Kante, who missed against Arsenal with an Achilles tendon injury.

As for Leicester, they will certainly be without winger Harvey Barnes, who is out for the season – and the European Championship – with a knee injury.

Defender Jonny Evans, however, is fighting to be available after missing the last two matches against Newcastle and Manchester United with a heel injury.

Chelsea vs Leicester: the odds

Despite Chelsea’s disappointing performance in their weekday 1-0 home loss to Chelsea, it is Tuchel’s side that enters the final as the favorites among bookmakers.

The blues is preferred at 4/19 for triumph, while Leicester is the underdogs at 9/5.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are on 10/11 to win in 90 minutes, while Leicester are on 31/10.

* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication.

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