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Leicester's Daniel Amartey is expected to be unavailable for the visit of Chelsea as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.

The Foxes, who spent four days training in Spain this week, could be unchanged from last weekend's win at West Brom.

Chelsea are again without David Luiz and Ross Barkley because of respective ankle and hamstring problems.

Manager Antonio Conte has declined to say whether Willy Caballero or Thibaut Courtois will play in goal.

Caballero has started the Blues' four FA Cup games this season, conceding just one goal.

First-choice goalkeeper Courtois played in the FA Cup from the quarter-final onwards last season, but the Belgian conceded two goals between his legs in Wednesday's defeat by Barcelona.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: "Both teams have been in Spain this week, but presumably Leicester's training trip to Marbella has been more successful than Chelsea's Barcelona visit.

"In truth, a top-four finish is likely to have more bearing on Antonio Conte's Chelsea future than winning the FA Cup, but it wouldn't help his cause should the Blues exit two competitions in the same week.

"After five successive away defeats they - and he - need this one, at a ground where defeat ended Jose Mourinho's second spell at the club.

"Leicester are unbeaten in eight at home and in comparatively rude health. 

"With Riyad Mahrez reintegrated and Jamie Vardy scoring goals, might they even be seen as favourites?

"It's as tough to call as a Cheltenham winner!".

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "All the players are ready with desire and without pressure because Chelsea are the favourites. But we can cause them big problems."

Chelse head coach Antonio Conte: "To try to reach the semi-final in the FA Cup it won't be easy. Leicester is a good team. In the last game we played at home we suffered against them [a 0-0 draw]."

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2 hours ago, Michael Tucker said:

 

TEAM NEWS

Leicester's Daniel Amartey is expected to be unavailable for the visit of Chelsea as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.

The Foxes, who spent four days training in Spain this week, could be unchanged from last weekend's win at West Brom.

Chelsea are again without David Luiz and Ross Barkley because of respective ankle and hamstring problems.

Manager Antonio Conte has declined to say whether Willy Caballero or Thibaut Courtois will play in goal.

Caballero has started the Blues' four FA Cup games this season, conceding just one goal.

First-choice goalkeeper Courtois played in the FA Cup from the quarter-final onwards last season, but the Belgian conceded two goals between his legs in Wednesday's defeat by Barcelona.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: "Both teams have been in Spain this week, but presumably Leicester's training trip to Marbella has been more successful than Chelsea's Barcelona visit.

"In truth, a top-four finish is likely to have more bearing on Antonio Conte's Chelsea future than winning the FA Cup, but it wouldn't help his cause should the Blues exit two competitions in the same week.

"After five successive away defeats they - and he - need this one, at a ground where defeat ended Jose Mourinho's second spell at the club.

"Leicester are unbeaten in eight at home and in comparatively rude health. 

"With Riyad Mahrez reintegrated and Jamie Vardy scoring goals, might they even be seen as favourites?

"It's as tough to call as a Cheltenham winner!".

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "All the players are ready with desire and without pressure because Chelsea are the favourites. But we can cause them big problems."

Chelse head coach Antonio Conte: "To try to reach the semi-final in the FA Cup it won't be easy. Leicester is a good team. In the last game we played at home we suffered against them [a 0-0 draw]."

Antonio'so lack of posetivivty is likely to spread to the team.  Where  has all his enthusiasm gone.??. could be his swansong, I'll always love Chelsea. Regardless of management.  COME on the  chels. 

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BlueWill   
On 16/03/2018 at 6:29 PM, Jasonb said:

Possibly though I tend to think the prospect of trophies keeps players motivated and more likely to compete for places.

True, but as a club can we really afford to be missing from UCL twice in 3 seasons? UCL football influences where the better players play their football.

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BlueWill   
15 hours ago, Droy was my hero said:

Worth sacrificint 2 PL titles for?

2 titles? Salah was in Serie A team of season both times after leaving us, so he would surely have been an asset in 2016/7 campaign and certainly further ahead in developement ie the 2017/18 model.

Hard to believe that rotating genuine future talents like KdB & especially Salah would have cost the 2014/15 title. Arguably keeping the squad fresh with more time for recovery would have enabled us to compete properly on all four fronts rather than being beaten 2-4 at home by Bradford and failing to eliminate 10 man PSG after ET at the Bridge  

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Bats scored again  , I imagine he'll be great in a front three for Liverpool at some point soon.

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1 minute ago, Never happy said:

Bakayoko is back!!

Moses and Alonso, rather then Zappa and Emerson

How bad does Moses have to be before Zappa gets a run in the team? And what has Bakayoko done to be so far ahead of Drinkwater in the pecking order?

Disappointing not to see Chalobah or Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

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NOt a terrible team but disapointed not to see zappa and palmieri in the team, what was the point of signing palmeira or is conte making one his ''statements' to the board

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chelboy   

Alonso and Moses can drop poor performances and still get choosen consistently. Same with Bakayoko. Conte has moaned all season about the size of squad and so on but his rotation is pretty poor. Barely given Emerson a go since he arrived. Alonso is very tired and Moses has just been poor lately.

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