The 4th round of the FA Cup closes with the replay that faces the reigning champions of the Premier League and Derby County at King Power Stadium. In the first leg match at the iPro Stadium, the final result was a two-goal draw.
The Leicester passes through a critical moment of the season, in the polar opposite of the lived exactly one year ago. Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes are in 16th place in the Premier League, and have become the worst defender of the title in the entire history of the competition, adding just 4 of the last 18 points possible. With 21 points from 24 games (5 wins, 6 draws and 13 losses), the Leicester squad has once again had to fight for what was their main goal of the last year, their traditional pursuit of staying in the elite for another year . The Foxes, after making their best game of the season, thrashing Manchester City 4-2, has just added a victory, against West Ham (1-0), two draws and 6 losses, the last four consecutively . At the opposite pole there is the performance of the team in the top competition of European football, which has debuted this season. Claudio Ranieri’s team secured the top spot in their Champions League group despite beating FC Porto (5-0) and will face Sevilla in the second round, with field advantage in favor of the Foxes. Mahrez and Slimani have returned from the African Cup (Slimani missed the ManU injury injury), and Amartey will also be back.
Probable team Leicester: Schmeichel – Fuchs, Morgan, Huth, Simpson – Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ndidi, Mahrez – Okazaki, Jamie Vardy.
FA Cup The Derby County dismissed Nigel Pearson, the precedent in the bench of the Leicester of Claudio Ranieri, and contract the former British coach Steve McClaren, looking to be reengancharse to the fight by the promotion from the Championship, in which at the moment it is 8º, with 46 Points, the same as Norwich. The Rams have only 7 of their last 18 points in the game and come from beating Reading (3-2) and Ipswich Town (0-3), and losing last weekend in their visit to St.James ‘Park (1-0 for Newcastle).
In the FA Cup, the team gave the surprise in the third round, defeating Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion at home, adding a 2-2 draw to the Foxes in the first leg with Darren Bent (self-goal and goal 13 minutes Afternoon) as the main protagonist.
Possible team Derby: Lee Grant – Cyrus Christie, Craig Forsyth, Jake Buxton, Richard Keogh – Craig Bryson, Jeff Hendrick, Bradley Johnson – Darren Dent, Chris Martin, Johnny Russell.
The precedents are favorable to Leicester City, winner of 16 games, with 12 wins of the Rams and 8 draws. From a team to zero in 2009, the Foxes have won all their duels against Derby County at home, adding five consecutive wins, a result that sees the difference between one team and another, must be repeated, giving the pass to the next Round to the set of Ranieri.