Tonight sees the only fourth round replay in the FA Cup take place. After a entertaining 2-2 draw at Pride Park, Leicester and Derby go again at the King Power Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri is still without Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa for tonight’s tie. Molla Wague is ineligible due to joining the Foxes after the original tie.
Derby will be without Craig Forsyth, Will Hughes and George Thorne but Steve McClaren is expected to freshen up his squad with Saturday’s match against Bristol City, his priority. David Nugent is expected to start for the Rams.
How both managers go about tonight’s match given that their priorities are now lying elsewhere is going to be interesting. Leicester are currently in a Premier League relegation battle whilst Derby are aiming for a Championship play off spot.
Derby will need to settle better after their shaky first quarter in the original tie. If they can do this then the Foxes will have problems breaching the Rams’ defence. The key to whether the Championship side comes out victorious lies in their defence and start to the match.
Leicester will need to take inspiration from their first half performance against Manchester United and tighten up better at back as gets closer to half time. Being clinical up front will be vital if they’re to stand any chance of heading to Millwall in the next round.
Tonight’s game should be tight and competitive but both defences are in contrasting form. The Foxes will be keen to lift spirits with a cup run so they will have more desire to progress and expect them to do so by a narrow margin.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Derby County
Result: Leicester City 3-1 Derby County