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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Leicester City

5 January 2018

Fleetwood Town are preparing for one the biggest games in the club’s history as they host former Premier League champions Leicester in Saturday’s third round FA Cup tie.

This is the first time in the Cod Army’s history that they have played a Premier League team and the game could see the return of a certain Jamie Vardy to Highbury.

The England striker was part of the side who gained promotion to the Football League with Fleetwood in the 2011/12 season.

Town have beaten Hereford and Chorley to reach the third round of the cup, whereas Leicester are preparing for their first game in the competition this year.

Uwe Rosler said…

“In general, I think it is getting harder and harder for lower league clubs to cause a cup upset. By saying that I think we have a team that on the day can cause any opposition problems. It is important that everything falls our way, refereeing decisions, scoring first, but I definitely think we can cause Leicester problems. Will it be enough in the end? We will see. I really enjoy these games where we are the underdog and you have to come up with something and make up for the lack of quality. On the day we want to be the best team, maybe not the best individual players, but the best team and give ourselves a chance to stay in the competition”

Claude Puel, Leicester City manager, said…

“These games are always difficult to play against an opponent with a good motivation. It is important to prepare this game in a good spirit and to put our qualities out on the pitch. All people can watch this game, so it is important for the [Fleetwood] players to play against Leicester and to try [to win]. We need to have a good, positive attitude from the start of this game. If we feel tomorrow that he [Jamie Vardy] cannot be at 100 per cent, we will not risk him [on Saturday].”

The form guide

Fleetwood lost in their last game at home to Bradford, but had won their previous two league fixtures. Town are unbeaten in their last seven cup games between the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

Leicester beat Huddersfield 3-0 in their previous game, but had failed to win in their five matches before this. The Foxes are currently eighth in the Premier League table after 22 games.

Fleetwood’s last five: LWWLL

Leicester’s last five*: WLLDL

*all competitions

Their season so far

The Foxes were handed a tricky third round tie last year against Everton, but emerged victorious from the clash at Goodison Park, thanks to a brace from Ahmed Musa.

Leicester faced an East Midlands derby against Derby County in the following round. The match at Pride Park was a cracking event, with a late Wes Morgan goal bringing the tie to a replay. The Foxes again drew when the sides met two weeks later. It took strikes from Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray in added time, to confirm their passage to the last 16 of the tournament.

However, that’s where Leicester’s cup adventure ended for the year, when they crashed out to Millwall in mid-February. Surely the Foxes can’t be eliminated by a League One side again, can they?

One to Watch

Adrien Silva could be in line for his first Leicester start at Highbury. The Portuguese international hasn’t played for the club since his deadline day move as his paperwork was submitted late. As a result, he has been forced to wait patiently until the window reopened to complete his transfer.

The midfielder made his Leicester debut against Huddersfield on Monday, but could use this weekend’s game to regain some match fitness.

Silva is a highly accomplished midfielder and is comfortable both attacking and defending. His range of passing will be bettered by few in the Premier League.

Last Meeting

The clubs’ senior sides have not played each other, but Fleetwood did play Leicester’s U21 side earlier this season in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Town emerged with a 3-0 victory from the game thanks to goals from Godswill Ekpolo, Baily Cargill and Wes Burns.

Fancy a flutter?

Fancy a bet ahead of Fleetwood Town’s game against Leicester this Saturday? See the latest odds with our EFL partner Sky Bet.

Leicester are favourites ahead of the game, with Sky Bet pricing them at 4/7.

A home win can be selected at 19/4, while a draw is priced at 3/1.

Fleetwood won their last FA Cup match 2-0 and a repeat of this score has odds of 33/1.

Devante Cole can be backed to score at anytime for 2/1, while Jamie Vardy can be selected at EVENS.

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Match Reports

Town hold Leicester at Highbury to earn third round replay

6 January 2018

Fleetwood Town earn a Emirates FA Cup third round replay against Leicester City after an impressive 0-0 draw against the Premier League side.

The Premier League side were reduced to minimal chances, and were lucky not to lose when Ash Hunter’s stoppage time effort hit the post, and then the back of the goalkeeper, before being smothered to safety.

Fleetwood started confidently at a packed Highbury, passing the ball around nicely and not allowing the Foxes’ star-studded line up much room on the ball.

With the crowd bouncing, Leicester almost conceded early on, as a stray backpass from Yohan Benalouane rattled Eldin Jakupovic who was forced to tip the ball behind for a corner. From that, Cian Bolger had his powerful free header cleared.

Town grew in confidence, with Hunter forcing Jakupovic into another save from outside the area.

Uwe Rosler was then forced to make an early change as Ashley Eastham was forced off, with Nathan Pond replacing the defender.

After an impressive Christmas period, Hunter was again causing all the problems for Claude Puel’s men, who were yet to register a chance by the 20th minute.

It wasn’t until Benalouane flicked on a corner that City has really threatened, but Town were still looking comfortable on the ball against the former Premier League champions.

Nice footwork from George Glendon almost put through Devante Cole, before Wes Burns looked to close down on goal with a piercing run, as the Cod Army began knocking on Leicester’s door.

The Foxes' best chance of the game came when Demarai Gray wriggled free on the right side, before cutting in, but his shot was saved by Chris Neal – perhaps the year’s supply of the free pizza on offer for a clean sheet was going through Neal’s mind for that one.

City had given a start to youngster Harvey Barnes, and he tried his luck as he acrobatically volleyed a cleared header from Amari’i Bell, but he did little to test Neal as his effort flew way over the bar. With the game still goalless, and heading for the half time break, there was little to separate the two sides.

Barnes again had a scuffed shot deflected for a corner, which was to be the last action of a good first half for Rosler’s men.

The second half saw another bright start from Fleetwood, particularly Wes Burns who looked dangerous on the left side.

The often so reliable corner combination duo of Bolger and Glendon almost paid it’s dividends again in this match, but the ball had just too much power on it for the Irishman to direct his header on target.

Town were then to com agonisingly close again, this time as Cole looked to flick on Hunter’s ball into the area. Just wide, but corner to Fleetwood thanks to a deflection.

Perhaps testament to Fleetwood’s performance, Claude Puel brought on Shinji Okazaki and Marc Albrighton into the fray in an effort to win the tie for his Premier League side.

Town then won a series of corners as the Foxes struggled to take a foothold in the game against a side 48 places below them in the football pyramid.

First, it was Bolger again – unsurprisingly from a Glendon corner – who connected to his next header, but it was slightly off target this time around.

It was still Burns causing all the problems for Puel’s men, as he forced yet another corner, as Fleetwood looked to derail Leicester’s fourth round hopes. Markus Schwabl did well to volley the rebound, but it was straight at Jakupovic. It was Schwabl again who connected this one. Wide again.

Lewie Coyle had done well to keep Gray quiet on his side, but Gray did manage to force a cross into the area which had Neal troubled, however, it looped over the keeper with the connection hitting the side netting.

Andy King had a rare chance for the visitors as he hit a loose ball from the edge of the area, but it was well wide of Neal’s net.

It had so far been an outstanding display from Fleetwood, who had rarely allowed the Premier League stars a sight on goal.

Corners seemed to be Town’s favourite form of attack as yet another one came their way, but yet again Leicester were able to clear their lines. Town had their opponents rattled as a defensive error allowed Glendon to storm into the area before a last ditch clearance from Amartey led to, yes, another corner.

It was the Glendon/Bolger duo at work once again, but there was just a bit too much on it from Bolger, who headed over.

Hunter was next to try, as a dominant Fleetwood missed another chance. His free kick evaded everyone in the City area and curled just wide of Jakupovic’s goal.

It was Hunter to have the vital chance at the very end as his strike was somehow kept out by the keeper in dramatic circumstances, as it hit Jakupovic’s back after striking the post. 

It was an impressive display all round for Rosler’s men, who will travel to the King Power Stadium in ten days’ time to decide who will progress to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Fleetwood Town: Neal (GK), Coyle, Bell, Eastham (Pond), Dempsey, Burns, Bolger, Glendon, Hunter, Schwabl, Cole.

Subs not used: Cairns (GK), Hiwula. McAleny, Jones, Biggins, Sowerby.

Leicester City: Jakupovic (GK), Chilwell, Gray, King ©, Silva (Okazaki), Dragovic, Amartey, Slimani (Iheanacho), James, Benalouane, Barnes (Albrighton).

Subs not used: Hamer (GK), Maguire, Ndidi, Choudhury.

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Ticket News

Tickets selling fast for Leicester City FA Cup tie

4 January 2018

Tickets for Fleetwood Town's Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Leicester City are nearly sold out, there’s an extremely limited left.

Uwe Rosler's side progressed to the third round after victories over Chorley and Hereford, with the former Premier League champions Leicester City set to come to Highbury on Saturday 6th January 2018 (12:45pm).

Supporters with a Fleetwood Town pre-purchase history can now purchase tickets over the phone by calling 01253 775080, in person at the ticket office at Highbury Stadium, which is open until 8pm tonight and Friday, or online here.

Please note supporters can buy a maximum of two per person.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Memorial Stand

 
   

Adult

£22

Over 65

£17

Under 18

£10

Under 16

£7

   

Highbury Stand

 
   

Adult

£23

Over 65

£18

Under 18

£11

Under 16

£8

   

Parkside Stand

 
   

Adult

£24

Over 65

£19

Under 18

£12

Under 16

£9

For any questions with regards to this fixture, contact the ticket office by calling 01253 775080.

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