Predicted Leicester City line-up to face Newport County in the FA Cup
Leicester City will face a tough time as they travel to the Rodney Parade to face Newport County, with the League Two side enjoying a good run last season. They beat Leeds in the third round, before forcing Tottenham Hotspur to play a replay after forcing a 0-0 draw at home. And given the Foxes’ current form, anything might happen.
They beat both Chelsea and Manchester City before losing to Cardiff City at home. They then beat Everton at Goodison Park. While they have been hot and cold, Newport, on the other hand, have struggled in the League Two, falling down to 12th place.
With both Daniel Amartey and Matty James still out injured and an eight-day gap before facing Southampton, there is a good chance that Claude Puel might rest most of his key stars. James Maddison was an unused substitute against Everton and could make an appearance alongside Adrien Silva.
Predicted Leicester City XI
Manager: Claude Puel
Danny Ward (GK)
The former Liverpool man has been Claude Puel’s cup goalkeeper and that should continue in the FA Cup after their Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City.
Danny Simpson (RB)
The Premier League winner started in the 1-0 victory over Everton and should continue to do so especially given the fact that Ricardo Pereira will be needed in the Premier League over the next few weeks.
Wes Morgan (CB)
Morgan has played more than his fair share of Premier League games this season but was absent against Everton due to illness. However, he should be fine to start this game.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB)
The 22-year-old arrived from Freiburg in the summer and has made only seven appearances this season, but with both Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire playing in the midweek, this gives him a chance to prove himself.
Christian Fuchs (LB)
Mainly used in the Carabao Cup this season and replaced by Ben Chilwell in the Premier League, the 32-year-old should continue being the cup left-back.
Marc Albrighton (RM)
Albrighton should once again make his presence known on the right-hand side and make himself a menace against Newport Town.
Adrien Silva (CM)
A late arrival at Leicester City, the 29-year-old has only made five appearances this season under Claude Puel. He has struggled to make an impact but his presence should allow Wilfried Ndidi to be rested for the upcoming Premier League games.
Hamza Choudhury (CM)
Now becoming a regular under Claude Puel, the 21-year-old defensive midfielder should retain his place against Newport County and play alongside Adrien Silva.
Demarai Gray (LM)
With many expecting him to replace Riyad Mahrez, Gray’s form has hit rock-bottom in recent weeks, which has seen him drop to the bench. This could be his chance to regain confidence.
James Maddison (SS)
The former Norwich City man has played nearly every game this season but was rested against Everton. Should start this FA Cup tie.
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST)
Another struggling player, the 22-year-old hasn’t been able to live up to his potential and is looking to rediscover his shooting boots against Newport Town.