Mark Lawrenson is expecting Chelsea to win their ninth FA Cup when they face Leicester at Wembley this evening.
The BBC pundit feels the defeat to Arsenal during the week was merely a blip, caused by too many personnel changes, and he thinks Thomas Tuchel’s side will edge a tight contest against the Foxes:
“I think they will have too much for Leicester – the Foxes got a good win at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but that was against a weakened Manchester United side. It will be close but, from what I’ve seen of Brendan Rodgers’ side in the past few weeks, I am not sure they have got enough about them to break down this Chelsea side.”
“Having around 20,000 fans back inside Wembley will help, though, especially for whichever team falls behind and needs to be lifted to come back. I am still sticking with Chelsea to win it, though. They will create more chances, and they just have to take them.”
Lawrenson has gone with a 1-0 win to the Blues, which seems like a pretty fair prediction. Tuchel’s team are very good defensively, and you would back them to keep a clean sheet on the day.
However, you don’t expect them to score many goals either and, for that reason, the final is likely to be decided by just one key moment.
With supporters being allowed inside the national stadium, it will be a very different atmosphere to what the players have been used to this season but, even so, it should inspire them to perform to their highest level.