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Match of the Day Live: The FA Cup

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MOTD Live: FA Cup Final: Chelsea v Leicester City

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Chelsea v Leicester City (Kick-off 5.15pm). Gary Lineker presents all the action from the showpiece match at Wembley Stadium. The Blues have won this competition on eight occasions, with six of those triumphs coming since the turn of the Millennium, most recently in 2018 when they overcame Manchester United 1-0 in the final. In contrast, the Foxes have never lifted the trophy and this is the first time they have played in the final since 1969. With analysis from Alan Shearer and Ian Wright.
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The 140th FA Cup final is a battle of the blues as Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League finalists, meet Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City at Wembley. History heavily favours the former: eight-time winners Chelsea are the cup’s third-most successful side, while Leicester hold the record for the most final appearances without a win, at four.

Their most recent was back in 1969, though, and the Foxes are now a far greater force. Jamie Vardy and James Maddison are always a handful, but the emergence of striker Kelechi Iheanacho from their shadow has given Rodgers a triple threat to pose. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, have been industrious since Tuchel’s arrival in January, coupling backline solidity with a direct attack led by Mason Mount and semi-final hero Hakim Ziyech.

It’s expected that Saturday will also see Wembley host 21,000 fans as Covid restrictions continue to ease. Never before has a final in a stadium only a quarter-full been such an exciting prospect.


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PresenterGary Lineker
GuestAlan Shearer
GuestIan Wright

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