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The FA Cup Final is coming up this weekend when Premier League rivals Chelsea and Leicester go head-to-head in a 5:15pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon from Wembley Stadium. Both teams may well be chasing the Champions League qualification spots in the league but they'll be keen to add some much-wanted silverware here. Tell us your bets for the big game right here! :ok

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Chelsea vs Leicester City

 

 

Chelsea

Doubtful: Andreas Christensen (17/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): -

Suspended: -

 

Leicester City

Doubtful: Jonny Evans (28/2 d)

Out (injuries/other): Wes Morgan (3/0 d, captain), Harvey Barnes (25/9 m), James Justin (23/2 d)

Suspended: -

 

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Chelsea vs Leicester City

Chelsea heads to this game after a surprising 1:0 defeat against Arsenal last Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho’s error led to the Gunners’ winner, leaving the Blues still fighting for a place in the top four. Thomas Tuchel’s side is four points ahead of Liverpool, but their rivals have one game in hand. This defeat broke Chelsea’s streak of three straight wins in the Premier League, and they need to get back on the winning track to keep their Champions League ticket. A crucial few weeks are ahead of the Blues, as they have a chance to lift two trophies and stay in the top-four zone in the Premier League. Chelsea will be highly motivated to win the FA Cup, especially after eliminating Manchester City 1:0 in the semi-finals.

Leicester City is also in a good mood after beating Manchester United 2:1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Although the Red Devils fielded mostly the rotation players, that victory is significant for the Foxes, not only from the psychological standpoint but also in their battle for the Champions League spot. Brendan Rodgers’s side sits in 3rd place, being two points ahead of Chelsea and six of Liverpool. Jamie Vardy and the lads have been pretty productive this season, despite a bit loose defensive line. A trip to London shouldn’t be a significant problem for them, as they have been excellent on the road this season. After being unsuccessful on all four previous occasions, it will be their fifth attempt to lift the FA Cup trophy.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

It is going to be a pretty tight clash, as both sides have equal chances of winning the FA Cup. Leicester City celebrated in their first encounter in Premier League this season, and they will face each other again just three days after this clash. We expect to see a big fight, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it goes into the extra time.

Goals Market Prediction

Their head-to-head clashes have been pretty tight recently, and we managed to see more than two goals just twice on the previous eight occasions. Since Thomas Tuchel prefers a disciplined style of play, we believe this one will also remain under a 2.5 margin.

Draw @ 3.40

Under 2.5 FT @ 1.70

Correct score 0:0 @ 8.50

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Chelsea vs Leicester

The 140th FA Cup Final is set to take place on Saturday afternoon when Chelsea play Leicester in a 5:15pm BST kick-off at Wembley Stadium. It's a battle between two sides that are also competing to qualify for the Champions League through their positions in the Premier League but there is an opportunity to create club history by winning a major cup competition here.

Chelsea are flying under Thomas Tuchel with the club potentially set for a memorable season with this cup final, the Champions League Final coming up, and qualification for next season's Champions League in their own hands. The Blues have continued their romantic relationship with this competition by reaching their 4th final in 5 seasons. They have won the competition 8 times with only Arsenal and Manchester United lifting the trophy on more occasions. The team has a track record of grinding out the wins in their final appearances having won 7 of their 8 victories by a single goal. Interestingly, and quite scarily, each of those 8 trophy wins came under 8 different managers. Could it be 9 wins with 9 managers after this game?

Leicester will make history by appearing in their first FA Cup Final since 1969. The club hasn't managed to win the trophy so further history could be made with victory here. Brendan Rodgers has done a superb job during his time with the club but he faces an in-form Chelsea side without his experienced centre back Jonny Evans. The Foxes will have to overcome a Wembley hoodoo if they're to win here having only managed to win in 4 of their 15 appearances at the home of English football. It's 21 years since Leicester last appeared in a cup final at Wembley when they beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 in the 1999/2000 EFL Cup Final. The secret weapon that Leicester possess could be Rodgers himself. The former Liverpool and Celtic manager has won each one of his finals as a manager.

Head-to-head meetings in cup competitions does not read well for Leicester with Chelsea having won all of their 7 previous FA Cup ties with their opponents for this final. These two teams have played each other in a cup final before when Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate in the 1964/65 EFL Cup Final. It's going to be a closely contested game and I do feel Chelsea will win this narrowly. The absence of Evans is a big blow for Leicester and it just feels like Chelsea are more fully rounded to win this game.

Chelsea to Win @ 2.06 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.75 with Paddy Power

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Ok, as it's a cup final I'm happy to let my inner mug off the leash for a few bets that you might call "fun" or "interest" bets, hopefully still bets that are reasonable at the price. Nothing too wild for this game though I have been known to go full "kid in a sweetshop" for the Champions League final or World Cup/Euros!

15 points on Mount to score at 4/1 Hills (today's offer as part of the "scratch of the day" promotion)

10 points on Werner to get an assist at 13/2 Lads

10 points on Vardy to get an assist at 17/2 PP or Lads

5 points "build your odds" on Ndidi carded, most goals second half and >2.5 Chelsea goals at 33/1 Hills.

The last bet is obviously the muggiest; Ndidi is the RP's tip for a first player carded punt and I can see Chelsea controlling a close game but running away with it at the end. Also it nets me a matched freebie.

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