Why Are Chelsea Favourites to Win this FA Cup Match?

We presume the bookies regard Chelsea as a better team than Leicester City, although we’re scratching our heads when it comes to garnering the right sort of evidence.

Frank Lampard’s side are five points worse off than their opponents in the Premier League table at the time of writing and there have been 29 matches played so it’s a reasonable reflection of the teams’ performances over time.

Leicester City are also the home side for this encounter and the fact that they have a cushion when it comes to securing a top four finish adds further credence to the fact that Brendan Rodgers’ side look too big to win this encounter.

Yes, Chelsea have experienced more success than their opponents and have previously had a bigger transfer and wage budget, although they have actually suffered from having a transfer embargo and they had only won 50% of away games before the lockdown.

Does Home Advantage Count for Anything?

It’s clear that an empty ground does not work to a home team’s advantage and we’ve seen plenty of away wins in the Bundesliga to suggest that no spectators in a stadiums acts as a leveller as far as the visitors are concerned.

However, Leicester are still more familiar with their surroundings including the dimensions and flow of the pitch, so perhaps they can lean on a slender advantage as well as the fact that their opponents have to travel for this encounter.

What Has Happened in Leicester v Chelsea Matches This Season?

The two clubs have met on two occasions this season. The first clash took place in August where Chelsea came flying out of the traps and took an early lead before gradually losing their way against a Leicester team who carved out numerous chances and eventually equalised.

Indeed, it was the Foxes who looked the likelier winners towards the end of the game, while Leicester will also feel they should have won a 2-2 draw that took place between the teams on Saturday 1 February.

Antonio Rudiger was given the freedom of the penalty area to score twice for Chelsea, with the Blues taking the lead before goals from Harvey Barnes and Ben Chilwell had seen the Midlands side take a 2-1 lead.

What Are the Best Bets for Leicester v Chelsea?

We think Leicester are a good bet at 2.75 considering that they have shown themselves to be more effective at landing points this season, with Rodgers desperate to cap what has already been a successful campaign with some silverware.

There’s little doubt to ignore the trend that both teams have scored in their past two encounters and the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market can be backed with confidence, while we’ll also have a small bet on Leicester to win by a 2-1 scoreline.

BETTING TIPS

  • Leicester or Draw @ 1.53 with bet365
  • BTTS Yes @ 1.57 with bet365
  • Leicester 2-1 win @ 10.00 with bet365

*odds are accurate to the date of publishing

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