FA Cup final betting tips: Foxes hope to end hoodoo
Chelsea and Leicester meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday and again in the Premier League three days later in a match which could have ramifications in the race for the top four.
But silverware is on the line at Wembley when the Blues are priced as the 20/23 favourites and the Foxes 13/4 to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
There will be 21,000 fans attending the game so it promises to be a great occasion as we look at some of the trends to aid your FA Cup final betting tips.
Chelsea lost their second game since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January in a home defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday when Jorginho’s no-look back pass eventually allowed Emile Smith Rowe a simple tap-in.
A day earlier, Leicester took a firm grip on the Champions League spots with a 2-1 win against a Manchester United team showing 10 changes from the side which had beaten Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday.
The Foxes overcame Chelsea 2-0 earlier in the season to make it six games unbeaten against them in the Premier League and they are 33/20 to win the trophy after four final defeats, three of which took place in the 1960s.
The Blues beat City 1-0 in last season’s FA Cup quarter-final and they are 29/20 to win and under 3.5 goals or 2/1 to win to nil having kept 18 clean sheets in the league this season.
Fifteen of the Blues’ 17 Premier League games under Tuchel have produced three goals or fewer while three of the last five meetings between the teams have been drawn and that outcome is available at 23/10.
Tuchel made seven changes for Wednesday’s defeat, with Timo Werner and Edouard Mendy on the bench, but it was still a strong team so it remains to be seen who gets a starting role at Wembley.
Brendan Rodgers picked his strongest side for Tuesday’s win at Old Trafford but Jonny Evans missed out with a heel injury and will be assessed nearer the time.
Of the likely starters, Werner is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring and 15/8 to score any time but Kelechi Iheanacho has bagged 13 goals in his last 12 games and is 5/1 to break the deadlock and 21/10 in the anytime market.
Jamie Vardy is going through a lean spell and is 13/2 to open the scoring and 13/5 to get on the scoresheet.
Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma hit the bar with a header against Arsenal and is 14/1 to draw first blood and 11/2 just to score while Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu, who scored for City at Old Trafford, is 80/1 to get the first goal and 33/1 to find the net.
Where: Wembley Stadium
When: 17:15, Saturday 15th May
How to watch: BBC 1/BT Sport
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication