A somewhat unexpected result for Chelsea saw them down Pep Guardiola’s Man City outfit on Thursday night and in doing so presented Liverpool with their first league title in 30 years.
That will leave them feeling buoyant for this FA Cup quarter-final clash against Leicester, who’re yet to taste victory on the return from the break.
Brenden Rodgers’ men drew 1-1 at Watford in their opening game and played out a 0-0 back at the King Power with Brighton, although they can count themselves fortunate after Kasper Schmeichel had to save a penalty.
Fortunately, it has been the Foxes’ defensive prowess that has got them to this stage of the competition, having seen off Wigan, Brentford and Birmingham to nil, while a home record of W11-D5-L3 across all competitions this term has to bode well even if there is no crowd to get behind them.
However, all four of their victories here since mid-December have come against weaker opposition either in a relegation scrap or already in the Championship, as they also experienced all three of their defeats in this run too (hosting Man City, Liverpool and Southampton).
Leicester And Chelsea To Draw
Frank Lampard’s men in fact visited this stadium during that time and came away with a 2-2 stalemate thanks to an unlikely Antonio Rudiger brace.
However, although the Blues are currently on a four-game winning streak having won back-to-back games on their return, with Everton, Aston Villa and the Citizens vanquished in the league in addition to Liverpool in the last round of this tournament, we would be hesitant to be too bold on their chances.
Indeed, they’re just W4-D4-L3 on the road since mid-November across all competitions, with two of those victories coming against Hull City and the Villans, while another was through a Bernd Leno howler at Arsenal.
If we look at both sides’ form against the best in the business domestically, we can see that Chelsea have gone just W3-D2-L5 across all tournaments this season against the current breakaway top six.
Meanwhile, the Foxes have drawn four of their nine such winless encounters, as three quarters of those draws were also level at the break too including the reverse fixture.
HT/FT – Draw/Draw
We’d expect proceedings to be tight here given that of 17 quarter or semi-final matches in this competition between Premier League outings since 2015/16, only six saw the teams separated by more than the single strike.
Those involved some mismatches in any case as the likes of Brighton, Swansea, Southampton, Middlesbrough and Everton took on ‘Big Six’ sides.
Moreover, Leicester and Chelsea have drawn their last three head-to-heads, while the Foxes are W1-D4-L2 against the Blues since 2017/18, with a maximum of one strike separating them in each. With extra-time very much an option for this game too, the draw presents even more value.