Chelsea vs Leicester City: Line-ups
Chelsea Will Be Out For Revenge
Having missed the opportunity to move back above Leicester into third place in the table after losing 1-0 to Arsenal, the subsequent FA Cup final defeat to Leicester has comfortably made this Thomas Tuchel’s most testing week since taking charge of Chelsea in January.
Tuchel will be demanding a major response from his players against the Foxes on Tuesday, then, with only a win ensuring that a top four position would remain in their own hands heading into the final day’s trip to Aston Villa, with the ominous rise of Liverpool in recent weeks creating the only remaining major sub-plot of the Premier League this season.
Rodgers and his players will have taken confidence from how defensively solid they were against Chelsea at Wembley, with avoiding defeat on Tuesday enough to ensure that their destiny will remain in their own hands heading into the final day’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur in front of a limited capacity at the King Power Stadium.
There is more than a small chance that Leicester could be physically and mentally fatigued after the monumental effort they put into the FA Cup final, though, with Chelsea also possessing greater squad depth to freshen things up if required. Rodgers may need to spring one of his trademark tactical surprises to improve his side’s probability of getting the point they require.
It’s highly possible that Chelsea will gain revenge against Leicester on Tuesday, with the Foxes likely to be lacking the same intensity that they produced at Wembley, despite the amount riding on this fixture, too. It is likely to be another cagey, low-scoring affair with both sides prioritising stability in defence, so scoring the first goal will be crucial.