Fleetwood Town v Leicester City
Saturday, Jan 06 – 12:45pm
Fleetwood Town lost 2-1 to Bradford City in their League One clash on Monday, ending a run of positive results over the festive period. The Cod Army beat both Chorley and Hereford to progress to the third round of the FA Cup, and are also enjoying a solid run in the Checkatrade Trophy. The big news from Highbury Stadium, is that Fleetwood Town have signed defender Gethin Jones on a long-term contract from Everton.
Jamie Vardy is unlikely to get a crack at his former club today, with Claude Puel prepared to rest the striker, having picked up a recent groin problem. Vardy scored an impressive 31 goals in 36 matches during his time at Fleetwood Town, and has already netted 10 times for the Foxes this season. Danny Simpson and Wes Morgan have both been ruled out of today’s match with injury, with Adrien Silva likely to make his first ever start as a Leicester City player.
What the stats tell us:
- Fleetwood Town have never progressed beyond Round 3 of the FA Cup, having been eliminated by Blackpool in 2011/12, and Bristol City in 2016/17.
- Leicester City have won each of their last eight third round matches in the FA Cup – their last loss coming against Bristol Rovers in 1985/86.
- Today’s fixture marks Fleetwood Town’s first ever match against a top-flight opponent – their manager Uwe Rosler has claimed victories in three of his last four matches against Premier League sides, beating Cardiff, Crystal Palace, and Man City.
- The last time the Foxes were eliminated from the FA Cup at home against a League One side was last season – against Millwall.
Fleetwood Town have been impressive in cup competitions this season, and striker Devante Cole has been at the forefront of their success. The 22-year-old has scored 12 goals over his last 30 matches, and will give the Foxes’ defenders plenty to think about today. Leicester have struggled away from home recently, but considering the talent they have in their squad, this should be a fairly straightforward victory for them – with or without Jamie Vardy. Cole to score, Leicester to win.