Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
January 03, 2018
Highbury Stadium - FA Cup
Saturday's fixture sees Jamie Vardy returning to his most recent previous club, as the Foxes travel to face Fleetwood in the FA Cup. Given Leicester's poor run of form at the moment, perhaps we could be in-line for an upset.
The two sides have only met once before, which, surprisingly, took place only six months ago, when Fleetwood beat Leicester in the Football League Trophy. Goals from Ekpolo Godswill, Baily Cargill and Wes Burns the Cod Army, although they are likely to come up against a very different XI in the FA Cup.
Uwe Rosler has his full squad available to pick from, and may well choose to field a strong team against the Foxes, aiming to continue Fleetwood's run in the cup.
Leicester defenders Robert Huth and Danny Simpson both remain out with foot and hamstring injuries respectively, whilst Wes Morgan is a major doubt after suffering his own hamstring problem against Huddersfield. Having been left out against the Terriers, Jamie Vardy is also unlikely to be risked against his former side, leaving Islam Slimani in line for another start, despite being linked with a transfer away.
Fleetwood v Leicester Preview and Predictions
Coming into the game, there are 38 league places between Fleetwood and Leicester, but, as is always the case, this counts for nothing on the day.
Given a number of first team injuries, and doubts over the future of Riyad Mahrez, Claude Puel is likely to field a second string team on the weekend, with recalled young striker Harvey Barnes in with a chance of getting some game time. The match may provide the manger with an opportunity to hand Adrien Silva his first start, having waited half a season to be registered by the Foxes due to a missed deadline. The midfielder had a good return last season for Sporting Lisbon and is 7/2 to score on Saturday.
Fleetwood will by no means roll over against the Foxes, and have a number of prolific goalscorers in their side in Devante Cole and Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila who are 2/1 and 5/2 to score anytime. The capturing of Paddy Madden from Scunthorpe United will boost the front line even further, although the Irish forward is unlikely to start on the weekend.
What is certain is that the Cod Army will come out swinging on Saturday, and make sure that Claude Puel's side are in for a tough 90 minutes.
Kelechi Iheanacho to score first at 4/1
The young forward has struggled since he came to Leicester but this would be a good opportunity to rebuild confidence.
Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 9/4
Leicester are without senior defenders but their attack should do the job.