The Foxes lie in wait for Chelsea as they turn their attention towards the FA Cup - The Chelsea Chronicle

The Foxes lie in wait for Chelsea as they turn their attention towards the FA Cup

After defeat at the Nou Camp in midweek, Chelsea turn their attention towards the only competition they can win this season as they travel to Leicester for an FA Cup quarter-final. Leicester are sitting comfortably in midtable in the Premier League so they’ll be well up for this game with a place at Wembley at stake for them.

Team News

David Luiz is still unavailable through injury while Ross Barkley is also a doubt having yet to prove his fitness to Antonio Conte.

Willy Caballero could continue in goal for the cup games with Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling likely to be involved in the squad.

The hosts will be without Daniel Amartey but will be fresh and well-rested after a week of warm weather training in Spain.

Probable Leicester XI (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton; Gray; Vardy.

Probable Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Emerson; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Key Players

Leicester will look to Jamie Vardy to make those runs in behind an unsure Chelsea defence. The English striker will look to come into form in time for the internationals the following week and, with the absence of Harry Kane, he’ll want to stake a claim for a starting spot.

Harry Maguire is in a similar boat while Gary Cahill could have something to prove having been left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad. Maguire failed to deal with Alvaro Morata earlier this season but has grown in the Leicester side and is now one of their most important players.

Willian will be tasked with unlocking the Leicester defence, the Brazilian has 5 goals in his last 6 games and has been Chelsea’s main attacking threat in recent weeks. The Foxes will have to rely on Christian Fuchs to keep an eye on the man in form.

Key Stats

Jamie Vardy scores 1 goal every two games against Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater were the central midfield partnership that won Leicester the title in 2015/16 where Kante was named Leicester’s Player of the Year.

Chelsea last faced Leicester in the FA Cup back in 2012, in a quarter-final tie where a double from Fernando Torres saw the Blues progress with a 5-2 win. Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan both played that day for the Championship side and Gary Cahill is the only Chelsea survivor.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five games against Leicester in all competitions, a run that dates back to Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge in December 2015.

What the managers say

Antonio Conte – ‘Every trophy is important for us. Now we fight until the end of every competition. Now there is the FA Cup, this is a quarter-final and if we win then we play at Wembley. Every competition is important for us.’

Claude Puel – ‘It is a good challenge, an exciting challenge to play a big team in our own stadium in front of our own fans.’