We simulated Chelsea vs Leicester City to get a score prediction for the FA Cup final

Chelsea will be hoping to win another FA Cup trophy on Saturday, as they take on Leicester City at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

The Blues last won the competition in the 2017/18 season when Antonio Conte’s side beat Manchester United 1-0, thanks to a solitary goal from Eden Hazard, who scored from the penalty spot.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have a fresh bill of health for their squad ahead of the game with the Foxes in a major boost, whilst Leicester have injury concerns around central defender Jonny Evans.

Kai Havertz is likely to start as a central forward, with Mason Mount and Timo Werner playing just off the German, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante as a midfield two.

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So, what line-up will Tuchel go with against the Foxes? And, what will the final score be?

We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction and this is what happened…

Chelsea vs Leicester City FA Cup final score predicted using FIFA 21

To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 21 but didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself.

The AI difficulty was set to legendary, with the line-up updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions.

We predict that Chelsea could set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz.

We predict that Leicester City could set up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the line-up as follows: Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy.

This simulated FA Cup final had a very tense first-half, with both teams having periods of possession but not really doing anything with it, as they sussed each other out.

But in the second half, the game exploded.

The first goal of the game went to Leicester in the 61st minute, with a set-piece breaking Chelsea’s rearguard.

Jamie Vardy made it 1-0 to Leicester City
Jamie Vardy made it 1-0 to Leicester City

As the corner was swung in, Wesley Fofana glanced a header towards the back post, which fell perfectly for Jamie Vardy, who had the easiest of finishes from very close range.

Following the goal, Chelsea dominated possession, with City now sitting back and relying on their pace on the counter-attack.

Within 10 minutes, Chelsea were level, with Timo Werner making it 1-1 following an impressive team move.

N’Golo Kante advanced to the edge of the area and popped a pass into the feet of Werner, who then slid an effort past Kasper Schmeichel to level the game.

Timo Werner equalised for Chelsea
Timo Werner equalised for Chelsea

But minutes later, City were back in front, with their pace on the counter-attack causing Chelsea real problems.

Youri Tielemans chipped a pass over the Chelsea defence for Kelechi Iheanacho, who ran into the box and produced a fine finish to put the Foxes back in the lead.

Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-1 to Leicester City
Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-1 to Leicester City

With the game winding down, City sat deeper and deeper, with Chelsea dominating possession but were struggling to create chances against a strong Leicester rearguard.

Luckily for Thomas Tuchel’s side, they managed to break them down, but it took them until the 93rd minute, in the very last minute of added-on time.

With seconds of the match remaining, Werner pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired into the near post to make it 2-2, and the game advanced into extra time.

Timo Werner made it 2-2 in the 93rd minute
Timo Werner made it 2-2 in the 93rd minute

Chelsea were the side in the ascendancy now and were pushing forward with everything they had to find a winner, with Leicester looking leggy at this stage.

But for the second time in this match, Leicester’s counter-attack ripped Chelsea apart when the Blues least expected it, with Vardy grabbing his second goal of the game to win the FA Cup for Leicester City.

In the 118th minute, Tielemans again made the decisive pass with a brilliant through ball, this time finding Vardy on the shoulder of Thiago Silva.

Jamie Vardy scored the winner in the 118th minute
Jamie Vardy scored the winner in the 118th minute

Vardy outpaced the defence, approached Kepa’s goal and fired a finish into the far post, and that was that.

Leicester City had won the 2021 FA Cup, beating Chelsea 3-2 after extra time, with two goals from Vardy and one from Iheanacho clinching their first-ever FA Cup win.

Here is the virtual Leicester side celebrating with the virtual FA Cup trophy.

Here is the virtual Leicester side celebrating with the FA Cup trophy.
Here is the virtual Leicester side celebrating with the FA Cup trophy.

Predicted FIFA 21 score: Chelsea 2-3 Leicester City (AET)

Here are the full-time match stats.

FIFA 21 predicts that although Chelsea may have more possession throughout the game, Leicester City could have a devastating counter-attack up their sleeve, particularly with the pace of Vardy and Iheanacho.

FT Match Stats: Chelsea 2-3 Leicester City (AET)
FT Match Stats: Chelsea 2-3 Leicester City (AET)

As always, this is just a score prediction ahead of the game, but what do you think the score will be on Saturday?

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