By the end of today’s final, the FA Cup will sport blue, no matter whether Leicester City or Chelsea win. The final fixture, Chelsea vs Leicester City, includes two teams with blue as their club colour.
Both the Blues will clash for the coveted 140th FA Cup trophy at Wembley stadium in front of 21,000 fans.
Brendan Rodgers’ side eliminated Southampton in the semi-finals to qualify for the FA Cup final on May 15.
The Foxes will be playing in their fifth FA Cup final, still attempting to win their first trophy.
Meanwhile, Chelsea chase their ninth title as they play in their 15th final.
Manchester City could have won a quadruple, had Thomas Tuchel’s side (now finalists) not knocked them out in the semi-finals.
After missing Chelsea’s midweek loss to Arsenal, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger will return to start at defense.
So, Cesar Azpilicueta will likely start as right wing-back.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will be reunited in midfield, both starting after Tuchel rotated them alternately. So, only either has played, recent games, to keep both healthy.
Jorginho may start even though his error made Arsenal winners on Wednesday. Mateo Kovacic will also be competing in the final.
Christian Pulisic was limping after the loss to Arsenal, and so Tuchel may rest him.
But Timo Werner is expected to take his place in the starting lineup regardless.
Marcos Alonso should start here after Ben Chilwell all played 90 minutes against Arsenal in midweek.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner
Jonny Evans has been out of the last two games for Leicester due to injury, but might start now. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to get him back.
James Maddison could also return to the starting XI at Wembley, after resting against Manchester United in midweek.
Ricardo Pereira was an unused substitute against United and will be hoping for a recall here. However, Marc Albrighton may simply start instead.
Leicester City possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Evans, Fofana, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho
- Chelsea may have a fantastic month of May. They may clinch a top-four finish, on top of being finalists in the FA Cup and the Champions League.
- In his 26 games as Chelsea boss, new coach Thomas Tuchel has only lost three times. The last of these came against Arsenal on Wednesday, wehre Chelsea dominated possession anyway.
- Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Leicester ended a two-game losing streak at Old Trafford, winning there for the first time since 1998. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side didn’t look fantastic, even against a weak Manchester United line-up. Plus, Rodgers has a poor record against Chelsea as a manager, having won just one of their 16 previous meetings.
Chelsea were unable to break through Arsenal’s three-man defense on Wednesday night.
Now, with Leicester expected to use a similar scheme at Wembley, the FA Cup final should be a thrilling affair.
Leicester, and in particular Rodgers, command a lot of respect as they try to win the FA Cup for the first time.
However, we still believe the Foxes will fall short whereas Chelsea will win the trophy.