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Chelsea v Leicester betting tips: Blues seek revenge

| 16.05.2021
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Preview and odds for Tuesday’s game

Chelsea get an immediate chance for revenge after Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat when they face Leicester for the second time in four days.

This time a place in next season’s Champions League is potentially at stake with third-placed Leicester currently two points above Chelsea but Liverpool are breathing down their necks.

Tuesday’s match is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 8.15pm as we highlight a few potential Chelsea v Leicester betting tips.

Chelsea v Leicester match odds

Leicester defied the odds to win the FA Cup final so will pay no attention to the bookmakers who have them as 37/10 for victory here.

Chelsea are 7/10 to get the win that would lift them up to third and keep their top-four hopes in their own hands, while a draw is available at 49/20.

A stunning strike by Youri Tielemans proved to be the only goal at Wembley and under 1.5 goals again is available at 2/1, with the Foxes 11/1 to repeat their 1-0 win.

Chelsea had plenty of chances at Wembley though and both teams to score is an option at evens, while a home win and goals at both ends is priced at 3/1.

Chelsea v Leicester head-to-head

Leicester head into the game with the bragging rights after winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history at the weekend thanks to Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike.

Former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell had a last-gasp Chelsea effort ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review, while Kasper Schmeichel earlier made superb saves to deny Chilwell and Mason Mount.

The Foxes have also had the upper hand over Chelsea in the Premier League in recent seasons, winning two and drawing three of the last five meetings.

The most recent was at the King Power Stadium in January when Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison struck in the first half to earn a 2-0 win against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea which sent Leicester back to the top of the table.

Maddison’s goal came just two minutes after VAR had overturned a penalty award for Chelsea when replays showed Jonny Evans’ foul on Christian Pulisic came outside the box.

Previous XI

Chelsea vs Leicester - Football tactics and formations
Chelsea: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Silva, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Ziyech, Werner.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.

Team news

Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen could return for Chelsea. Kovacic has been out of action with a hamstring problem while Christensen has been dealing with a leg tendon issue but could strengthen the Blues’ options in defence.

Leicester will be without defender Jonny Evans after he limped off during the first half of Saturday’s final with an ongoing heel problem. Cengiz Under (hip) is a major doubt while James Justin and Harvey Barnes (both knee) remain sidelined.

Key battles

Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester

Chelsea must find a way past Schmeichel at Stamford Bridge after the Leicester goalkeeper denied them with an inspired performance at Wembley, where striker Timo Werner again misfired and looked short of confidence.

Wesley Fofafa was outstanding at the heart of the Leicester defence and can again limit the service to Chelsea’s forwards while N’Golo Kante will have to be at his best in the home midfield to prevent Tielemans having the same impact.

Chelsea can at least be encouraged by the way their defence kept Kelechi Iheanacho quiet while Jamie Vardy was well marshalled by Reece James.

View the latest Chelsea v Leicester odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.