Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge this evening as Brendan Rodgers’ men take on Chelsea in a game which could decide who ends up in the Champions League places at the end of the campaign.
The two teams came head-to-head in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Youri Tielemans slammed home a stunning winner at Wembley to seal the Foxes’ first FA Cup triumph in their 137-year history. The Midlands outfit will now want to cap off what has already been an incredible 2020/21 by securing their place in Europe’s leading club competition for next term.
Only two points separate third-placed Leicester and fourth-placed Chelsea with two games left to play, and victory for Rodgers’ side would be enough to guarantee a top four finish.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects the Foxes to line up on Tuesday evening, with two changes from the side which started against the Blues last time out…
Rodgers will be forced into making at least one change in defence after 33-year-old Jonny Evans was ruled out of this one with a heel injury. The former Manchester United man hobbled out of the cup final after less than half an hour of action and may not return before the end of the season.
In midfield, the dependable duo of Wilfried Ndidi and Tielemans are set to start alongside each other once again. The Belgium international will be riding a huge wave of confidence after his 30-yard thunderbolt and will be aiming to repeat the trick at Stamford Bridge.
Playing just ahead of them, we could see the return of James Maddison to the Leicester starting XI. Spanish midfielder Ayoze Perez got the nod over the 24-year-old for the cup final, but Maddison will be hoping to prove his worth ahead of this summer’s European Championship and displace the £16.2m-Spaniard (Transfermarkt) for this intriguing encounter.
Up front, we should see the striking duo of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho start once more, with the latter currently in the form of his life. The Nigerian has bagged 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League games and Rodgers will be hoping that he can carry that hot streak into tonight’s crucial clash.