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
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
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.
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
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.
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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