WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP AT WEMBLEY
While although Leicester and Chelsea are edging closer to a place in next season’s Champions League, there are still other domestic matters to attend to and those matters come in the shape of this Saturday’s F.A. Cup final.
Once again Wembley opens it doors to a limited capacity and whereas the recent Carabao Cup final staged eight-thousand supporters that afternoon, it’s older competitive brother will welcome twenty-one thousand instead.
Even though the famous Wembley Stadium will only be just under a quarter full, those fans who are fortunate enough to go. will certainly be ready to lend their voice and it is fair to say, that this will be quite the encounter.
Going into Saturday’s meeting, it is Leicester who find themselves with league superiority and that comes courtesy of the results in midweek. Results, that may just have prised opened the race for European places.
However even with Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel’s men should have just about enough to get over the top four line and if they do not, they still have an insurance policy ready to cash in on May 29th.
An insurance policy that comes in the shape of victory in this month’s Champions League final and if the West London outfit can repeat that famous night in Munich nine years ago, it may end up being the second half of a trophy double.
Of course, Chelsea cannot overlook Leicester by any stretch of the imagination and victory in the F.A. Cup final on Saturday is by no means a given. Something that makes this weekend’s Wembley meeting so appealing.
You could also argue that the competition needs a winner outside of the “Big Six” and although Leicester have all but gatecrashed that private members club, some variety in terms of victors is always welcome.
Variety that could come in the shape of Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester players, as although they have stuttered in the Premier League as of late, Tuesday night’s victory over Manchester United may have come at just the right time.
Because although the Foxes only needed to hunt down a much-changed United side, a win was incredibly necessary and after shipping four to Newcastle at the weekend, their showing at Old Trafford would have offered a real confidence boost.
No longer are Leicester in something of a negative spiral and now they can use those efforts in Manchester, as a springboard for bigger and better things. Things such as, winning this year’s edition of the F.A. Cup.
While by the same token, Chelsea’s lacklustre showing on Wednesday, may just serve as a wakeup call to a squad who have made it all the way to a Champions League final and defeat to local rivals Arsenal would certainly have been sobering.
Therefore, this has all the elements of a rather combustible clash and with extra-time and penalties on hand to break any deadlock that forms, do not be surprised if one or both these tiebreakers is called upon on Saturday