Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Leicester in their FA Cup quarter-final tie at the King Power.
Three of Barkley's four goals this season have come in the FA Cup and he did the trick again as he came on as a half-time substitute to grab the winner with a low volley from Willian's cross.
It was a rare moment of quality in the game with both sides looking well below their best - and Leicester yet again struggling to create chances, as they have done in all their games since the restart.
Chelsea were particularly poor in the first half and Frank Lampard responded by making three changes at the break, including bringing off young midfielder Billy Gilmour who enjoyed a super game against Liverpool in the last round but was brought back down to Earth by being benched at the interval.
It was also a third away win in the FA Cup quarter-finals with the home sides no doubt losing that extra bit of edge from having their fans behind them - with the King Power especially one of the more lively of grounds.
Chelsea had chances to add another goal late on the break as Leicester huffed and puffed but never really forced Willy Caballero into a meaningful save.
For eight-time FA Cup winners Chelsea it's another semi-final at Wembley to look forward to, while there are more problems for Brendan Rodgers as he failed to beat the Blues for a 15th time as a manager as their dreams of a maiden FA Cup triumph were ended for another year.
Leicester may be third in the Premier League but their Champions League hopes could be dwindling if their form continues.
In-form Wolves are now just three points behind them in fifth after the Foxes have failed to win after the restart and Man Utd also look likely to launch a run and Leicester cannot afford to let a promising season end in disappointment yet again.
Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea Opta stats
- Chelsea have won 11 of their last 12 FA Cup matches (L1), only losing to Manchester United in last season’s fifth round in this run.
- Leicester have now lost each of their last five quarter-final matches in the FA Cup – with each of the last three all being against Chelsea (also 2012 and 2018).
- Chelsea have reached the semi-final of the FA Cup for a 10th time in the 21st Century, a joint-high in this time along with Arsenal (also 10 when including 2020).
- Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers remains winless in all 15 of his meetings with Chelsea as a manager (D8 L7), the most he’s faced a single opponent without winning in his managerial career.
- This was the first time that Leicester had conceded a goal in this season’s FA Cup, making them the last of the 123 sides to participate in the competition proper in 2019-20 to concede a goal.
- Chelsea have won five consecutive matches across all competitions, their best such winning run since they won seven in succession between September and October 2019.
- Chelsea’s Ross Barkley has scored three of his four goals in all competitions this season in the FA Cup; those three goals (four FA Cup games) are as many as he netted in 16 appearances in the FA Cup prior to 2019-20.
- Since his competition debut in January 2014, Willian has been directly involved in 17 FA Cup goals (11 goals, six assists); this is at least six more than any other Chelsea player in this time.
Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea - As It Happened
⌚ FT Leicester 0-1 Chelsea
Full time and that's Chelsea through to another FA Cup semi-final and another missed opportunity for the Foxes, who had plenty of the ball and more than enough of it in dangerous areas but just could not create any chances.
Chelsea more clinical and took one of their handful of chances, not a great amount but enough to make the difference.
89' Schmeichel save - somehow
The good and bad of Ross Barkley there, playing a woeful ball to Loftus-Cheek in a four-on-two break away, but then firing a smart shot in on goal that Schiechel turns over with his legs, somehow, when diving the wrong way.
87' Leicester pressure
Chelsea struggling to clear their lines but Leicester just cannot turn this pressure into a clear chance.
If you think they can - it's 7/1 to finish in a draw after 90 mins
85' Soyuncu chance
Caballero misses the cross in but does just enough to put Soyuncu off with his flapping and the defender nods the ball over the bar - time running out...
79' Chilwell chance
Caballero has to get down well to save Chilwell's effort as Leicester try and get something late on.
72' Chelsea in charge
The Blues looking in decent control of the game now, Lampard's subs have done the trick and he'll get plemty of praise if the result stays like this. Well in sight of a Champions League place and an FA Cup semi-final isn't bad for his first season in charge.
⚽ 63' GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Chelsea - Barkley
Leicester 0-1 Chelsea
It'd been in the air that Chelsea could score first and it's the first reall bit of quality from them as Willian curls in a ball and Barkley slides a low volley beyond Schmeichel. Lampard's subs did the trick!
💥 57' GOAL - Ruled out!
Abraham shows Vardy how it's done with a fine left-footed finish but the flag is rightly raised for him being offside. Big let-off for Leicester as Chelsea almost took the lead.
54' Chelsea improving
Just a few signs the Blues are getting back into it, Pulisic almost had a great chance but for offside and they look a lot more snappy in midfield with Kovacic and Barkley in there. Young Billy Gilmour has been hooked off at half time - bit different to his last FA Cup game, that's football for you!
🙆♂️ 49' Still sloppy
Chelsea giving the ball away again in their own defensive areas but again Leicester just can't find a final ball and really should be doing more with all the possession they're being gifted.
⌚ 46' Chelsea subs
Just the THREE changes made by Frank Lampard after that first half display - I said he'd make changes, didn't think it'd be three though...
📊 Half time odds update
Unsurprisingly the draw is well fancied now, we had one at Carrow Road, we should've had one at Bramall Lane but will we get one here? Chelsea will surely improve in the second half if you ask me and Lampard will make changes after that opening 45 minutes.
Match Odds: Leicester 2/1 | Draw 15/8 | Chelsea 2/1
- 13/2 - Jamie Vardy to score the 1st goal in 90mins
- 11/4 - Both teams to score in 90mins
- 18/1 - Leicester to win 2-1 in 90mins
🕒 HT Leicester 0-0 Chelsea
Strange game to sum up, similar to a lot of games in the restart as the first halves are usually quiet and lacking in goals. Leicester had the best of it but Chelsea had the best stand-out chance in the match through Pulisic.
He looks a nice player, and with him, Hakim ZIyech and Timo Werner next season they'll have some forward line of strong runners at Chelsea.
42' Vardy in...
But it's bobbled wide. Vardy got free of the defence but it was on his left side and he never looked confident really, with the scuffed effort bobbling wide of the target. For all they've looked the better side Leicester have got just two shots on target.
31' Strong Schmeichel stop
Chelsea have arrived! The excellent Pulisic gets almost his first touch and it's a lively one cutting inside the box from the left and launching a thunderbolt at goal. It's in Schmeichel's wheelhouse though and he shows a strong hand to palm it over the bar. First real chance for Chelsea
28' Evans should do better
Teasing ball in from Chilwell and Evans has a reasonably free header at the far post but doesn't get any kind of connection on it. Should've done better there.
🍹 25' Drinks
Will never get used to these drinks breaks, and the sun's hardly cracking the flags in Leicester today, but if gives us a chance to get some in-play odds.
Match Odds: Leicester 15/8 | Draw 15/8 | Chelsea13/8
- 6/1 - Jamie Vardy to score the 1st goal in 90mins
- 10/1 - Both teams to score in first half
- 11/1 - Chelsea to win 2-1 in 90mins
20' Smart save
Cabellero called into action to turn away Tielemans' low raking shot into the bottom left corner after another waves of Leicester attacks. Too many mistakes for lethargic Chelsea - still feeling that game on Thursday even with the changes.
14' Rare Chelsea attack
Chelsea actually get in and around the Leicester box for the first time, and force a free kick, but nothing really to trouble Schmeichel.
10' Still all Leicester
Chelsea really struggling to get going here and if Leicester's final ball was better the hosts could be ahead. Barnes looking particularly lively.
3' Leicester in again
Another great chance and Barnes is this time in down the left, forcing Caballero to palm away his cross and it's lucky that there's no Chelsea man there to stab it home. Chelsea haven't started yet.
👀 1' Instant chance
Leicester have a glorious chance right from the kick-off as Harvey Barnes plays a nice one-two with Jamie Vardy at the egde of the box but can;t sort his feet out. Should've really hit that first time.
Really strange to hear the King Power so silent, usually one of the more atmospheric grounds in the Premier League.
🦊 Fancy Foxes
Leicester have gone all fancy in their team announcement...
📋 Leicester team news
No James Maddison for the Foxes - interesting match day outfit as he comes to watch his team-mates.
📋 Chelsea team news
Bill Gilmour gets a start for the Blues, he earned that with his monumental display against Liverpool in the last round.
📊 Latest betting
Match Odds: Home 7/4 | Draw 12/5 | Away 6/4
- 11/1 - Tammy Abraham to score a brace
- 7/2 - Jamie Vardy to score and Leicester to win in 90 mins
- 5/1 - Christian Pulisic to score and Chelsea to win in 90 mins
Sporting Life Verdict
There are some serious bad omens for Leicester here, and not just because we've backed them pre-tournament to win the FA Cup, but there's a big bogey team element about Chelsea for the Foxes.
Leicester haven't won any of their eight FA Cup ties with Chelsea, have been knocked out in 10 cup ties overall and have won just two of the last 20 meetings. Brendan Rodgers has also never beaten the Blues as a manager in 14 attempts - no time like the present I suppose.
Watching Frank Lampard's men sting Man City on Thursday won't have given Leicester any reason for optimisim, although they won't sell the farm by racing forward with abandon and leaving the back door open. The also won't have Banjamin Mendy as their last line of defence.
Chelsea are the third best away side in the Premier League, although they've bagged the same 27 points from both home and away fixtures so far. Most of those away points were taken early on though and last week's win at Villa was their first in five.
They actually lost the xG battle with Villa and the majority of their chances against City were caused by bad defending or Pep Guardiola's side leaving acres of space for Pulisic and Willian to scamper in to - odds are Leicester won't afford them such room for manoeuvre.
The Foxes also have a couple of extra days to prepare while Chelsea will have to make changes after their impressive efforts against City. There will still be a few players who have to play both games though, and if this does turn out to be survival of the fittest then the Foxes could just snap that poor cup run against the Blues.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea (Sky Bet ods: 9/1)
Leicester City vs Chelsea Opta stats
- Leicester are winless in all eight previous FA Cup matches against Chelsea (D2 L6), going out at the quarter-final stage in their last two ties against the Blues in 2011-12 and 2017-18.
- Chelsea have only faced Hull City (11 games) and Burnley (9) more often in the FA Cup without losing than their eight unbeaten games against Leicester.
- Chelsea have lost only two of their last 20 games against Leicester in all competitions (W13 D5 L2), although they are winless in four against the Foxes (D3 L1).
- Leicester City are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign – they have been eliminated in four FA Cup quarter-finals since then, with the most recent two coming against Chelsea.
- This is Chelsea’s 18th FA Cup quarter-final in the Premier League era (since 1992-93), more than any other side. They’ve progressed from six of their last seven, losing the other in 2015-16 away at Everton.
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