FA Cup - Preview - Fleetwood vs Leicester 6 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 06, 2018, 06:10 PM

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Fleetwood vs Leicester

This is Fleetwood's first game against a top-flight side, while Leicester haven't lost an FA Cup third-round tie against a team from the third tier or below in 33 years.

Ah, that's the romance of the cup. Not forgetting Jamie Vardy, who will be desperate to face his former club. The speedy striker is rated 50-50 after suffering a groin injury. He scored 34 goals for Fleetwood back in the 2011/12 to power them to the Conference title.

Vardy, by the way, last scored for Fleetwood in what was the club's first FA Cup third-round tie. It ended in a 5-1 home drubbing by Blackpool.

Vardy has never scored in a FA Cup tie for Leicester, eight appearances and counting.

Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler has an impressive record against EPL sides, winning three of his last four managerial meetings against top-flight sides Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Manchester City during his tenure as Wigan manager in the 2013/14 season.

Fleetwood's new signing Paddy Madden is ineligible for Saturday's game, having already played in the FA Cup for Scunthorpe this season.

Midfielder Bobby Grant is back in training after a long-term knee injury but this match comes too soon for him.

Defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson are ruled out by hamstring injuries.

Portugal international Adrien Silva could start his first game for the Foxes, while fellow midfielder Matty James may also feature.

Prediction: Fleetwood 0-3 Leicester


Match Stats:

  • Fleetwood 0-0 Leicester
  • Shots: 14-8
  • Possession: 41%-59%
  • Corner kicks: 9-5

League One Fleetwood held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Highbury in the FA Cup third round to earn a replay at the King Power Stadium.

Ex-Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy was left out of the Leicester squad by manager Claude Puel having failed to recover fully from a groin injury.

The Premier League side did not manage a shot on target in his absence and withstood huge pressure from the hosts.

Ashley Hunter was denied a late winner when his deflected shot hit the post.

Fleetwood have never progressed beyond the third round of the competition.

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