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Leicester - Chelsea, fun facts, key stats and match preview

DATE: 16.03.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

City will play Chelsea at home this Sunday in their first quarter final of the FA Cup since 2005, a penalty from a City great, Paul Dickov, saved the day for Blackburn Rovers

The four times FA Cup finalist Leicester, and the last one played against Man City in 1969, so almost 49 years ago since the last time a City team made the grass of Wembley in this competition.

City almost stumbled in the third round after managing a draw away to Jamie Vardy's former club Fleetwood. The replay at King Power was a easy one, seeing Kelechi Ihenacho scoring twice in the 2-0 win.

The fourth round was played away against Peterborough and City showed great quality trashing The Posh 5-1. Next round was a battle against Sheffield United at home, City showed their quality. The route towards the quarter final has been against lower league teams.

After watching City last week against West Bromwich and especially being at home against Chelsea will be a benefit. Chelsea played a difficult game against Barcelona on Wednesday and was really slaughtered by Messi and his team.

So will Chelsea be out for revenge or could a City side, with a relax and training camp in Marbella as preperations, with all batteries powered up, be competetive and win this battle.

 

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The last game against the teams was a pretty even affair, with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, so Leicester will be up for this and hopefully Puel knows his players well and can compose the best team possible for the game.

From the days of the past a number of players have been in both camps. Four players who comes to mind is Mark Schwarzer, Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater and Ngolo Kantè, all of them at Leicester when winning the PL, today two of them are with Chelsea, one with Leicester and one has retired.

Players such as David Webb and Dennis Wise both had great careers at Chelsea, but at Leicester their time at the club was more or less a nightmare. Webb and Wise both experiencing short stays and a season of relegation.

Chris Garland, Dennis Rofe, Keith Weller and Alan Birchenall all were great heroes at Leicester, playing a number of seasons and doing well, they all did ok at Chelsea also, but never became as great as they were at Filbert Street during the Bloomfield years.

 

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Patrick Van Anholt, Harry Worley, Andy King and Jeffrey Bruma are also among those who are connected to both clubs. King as a young kid, getting released, Worley also going to City at a very young age, and the two others being send on loan to Leicester under the days of Sven.

Chelsea must be regarded as favourites, but on a good day Leicester will be a difficult competitor, especially at home, and if Puel gets his line-up right as we try to help him, there might be a semi-final in sight, the last time was in 1982 v. Spurs.

We would like to see Puel picking this team, Schmeichel - Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs - Iborra, Nididi, Mahrez, Albrighthon - Ihenacho, Vardy, not a difficult task, but we might be tricked by Puel, who could give Gray and Chilwell a new chance after good performances v. WBA.

We predict an even affair but would love to see City win 2-1.


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