This season’s FA Cup Final will be contested by Chelsea FC and Leicester City.
The 140th FA Cup Final will involve the 117th different pair of clubs to contest this famous old Trophy, but their respective FA Cup records could not be more different, especially in Cup Finals.
Chelsea will be contesting their 15th FA Cup Final and are the 3rd most successful club in the competition’s history having won eight on their previous Finals. On the other hand Leicester City are appearing in only their 5th FA Cup Final and have yet to lift the Trophy.
In fact Chelsea have lost two more Finals than Leicester City have even appeared in!
This season Chelsea become only the 4th club in FA Cup history to appear in four FA Cup Finals across five consecutive seasons. It will also be a record 9th FA Cup Final of the 21st Century for the club.
Chelsea are the second most successful FA Cup club of the last 25 years with seven of their eight titles coming during that period, most recently in 2018.
Conversely, Leicester City are appearing in the Final for the first time in more than twice that length of time, last doing so in 1969 losing 1-0 to Manchester City 52 years ago.
Not only are Leicester City famous for being the club with the most FA Cup Finals yet to lift the Trophy, the Foxes are also the only club to have been crowned League Champions of England never to have won the FA Cup.
A victory for Leicester City would wipe those two unwanted records away at a stroke, and their name would become the 44th different one to be etched onto the trophy’s plinth, the potential first new name since Wigan Athletic in 2013.
A Foxes win would also mark a 72 year gap between the club’s first FA Cup Final in 1949 and finally lifting the Trophy, a gap that would be second only to Southampton’s 76 year wait in 1976.
A win for Leicester City would also condemn Chelsea to be runners-up for the second successive season, an unwanted feat last achieved by Newcastle United in 1999.
A defeat for Leicester City would mean the club would become the first one to fail to lift the Trophy in their first five Cup Finals.
In past head-to-head meetings between the two clubs in the FA Cup, Chelsea have won through on all seven occasions. Only 10 other pairings in FA Cup history have produced more one-sided head-to-head results.
The omens are not great for a Leicester City victory, especially when noting that the last FA Cup Final to take place on 15th May saw Chelsea lift the Trophy after victory over Portsmouth.
But as the the club who were the 43rd to add their name to the list of FA Cup winners showed when doing so against the odds, anything is possible on the day.