It should be a fierce battle when league heavyweight Chelsea and rising contender Leicester City face off Saturday at Wembley Stadium in the 2021 FA Cup final. It's the first time since 2007 that two of the English Premier League's top four teams have battled for the trophy. The Blues have won it eight times since Leicester's last final appearance in 1969, and the Foxes have never claimed the title. Chelsea has been a transformed team since manager Thomas Tuchel took over in January and is fourth in the league table. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has taken the Foxes from bottom-feeder to No. 3 in the standings in his two years with the club.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET in London. Chelsea is the 0.5-goal and -106 money-line favorite (risk $106 to win $100) in the latest Chelsea vs. Leicester odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Leicester vs. Chelsea picks, check out the 2021 FA Cup predictions from SportsLine's Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been uncanny. Green has generated $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.
Now, Green has set his sights on Chelsea vs. Leicester in the FA Cup 2021 final and revealed his best bets. You can only see them over at SportsLine.
- Chelsea vs. Leicester spread: Chelsea -0.5
- Chelsea vs. Leicester over-under: 2.5 goals
- Chelsea vs. Leicester money line: Chelsea -106, Leicester +300, Draw +245
- Chelsea: GK Edoaurd Mendy has kept a clean sheet in 58.5 percent of his 41 starts, allowing 0.66 goals per game.
- Leicester: FW Kelechi Iheanacho has 21 shots, three goals and two assists in his last five matches.
Why you should back Leicester
The Foxes will want to avenge their loss in last year's FA Cup quarterfinals, which is their only loss to the Blues since 2018 (1-3-1). They won the most recent matchup 2-0 on Jan. 29, leading Chelsea to fire manager Frank Lampard. Leicester also comes in confident after beating second-place Manchester United on Tuesday to likely secure its spot in next year's Champions League. Manager Brendan Rodgers has built an impressive squad, and Leicester has scored 65 league goals, 10 more than Chelsea, in league play. It is plus-21 in goal differential this season.
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are the keys to the attack, with Iheanacho scoring 18 goals and Vardy putting up 15 in all competitions this season. They also have combined for 15 assists. James Maddison has nine assists to share the team lead with Vardy, and he has scored 11 times, but a lingering hip issue could limit him to a substitute role. The Foxes will be fired up to hoist their first hardware since a stunning run to the league title in 2016, and they will be determined to break through after losing in this final four times without hoisting the trophy.
Why you should back Chelsea
The Blues are used to playing in the biggest games, while Leicester is still getting used to the spotlight. Chelsea is set to play in the Champions League final against Manchester City later this month and beat the league champs last weekend to get here. The Blues have beaten City twice in less than a month. Chelsea has been on a tear since Tuchel took over, going 17-6-3 in 26 games in all competitions. It has been playing tremendous defense, with 18 clean sheets from those matches, and it has allowed just 33 goals in its 36 league games.
Chelsea is on a mission to atone for an inexplicable 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday. The Blues dominated possession at 68 percent, but a major defensive error put its top-four status in minor jeopardy. The defense has been stout, but Chelsea also has firepower. Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic bring energy up front and have combined for 14 goals, and Timo Werner has 12 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. Mason Mount is a catalyst, with nine goals and seven assists, and former Leicester man Ben Chilwell (seven assists) will be fired up to produce.
How to make FA Cup picks for Leicester vs. Chelsea
Green likes the over 2.5 total goals, and he's also locked in two other best bets you need to see, including one on the side. He's only sharing his top picks here.
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