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Predicting the Foxes’ FA Cup XI

Leicester City Training and Press Conference Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

After a bad string of league results, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers might just be relishing an opportunity to make drastic changes for the FA Cup, as he has in previous rounds.

The Foxes opted for something similar to a 4-4-2 in the last round, and certainly didn’t look good in their old favourite against Norwich. Nonetheless, I think they’ll give the 4-1-4-1 another try, albeit with a very different cast.

Rather than who might drop out, this will be question of who, if any, will remain in the side:

GK: Danny Ward - Kasper didn’t play until the quarterfinal of the League Cup and I suspect that will continue in the FA Cup.

RB: James Justin - the talented youngster has no real path to the first team at the moment, but has impressed at every opportunity and deserves another.

CB: Wes Morgan - the captain is a mainstay of the 2nd team at the moment.

CB: Ryan Bennett - Rodgers has usually required one of the 1st team pair for cup games so far, but surely this is why Bennett was brought in

LB: Christian Fuchs - his calming presence seems to help this less experienced side. Is he playing for a chance in the 1st team?

DM: Hamza Choudhury - with Wilf back, Hamza returns to his regular role.

RM: Demarai Gray - Minutes outside the 2nd team have been few and far between. Every cup game now could be his last chance to prove himself in a Leicester shirt.

CM: Youri Tielemans - dropped (again) for the Canaries, Youri should be fine to provide the bulk of our midfield creativity.

CM: Dennis Praet - The Belgian pair will both be fighting for that 1st team place. Let’s not throw Matty James in for 90 yet.

LM: Marc Albrighton - has been favoured to Gray in recent weeks, but it’s also time for Albrighton to show up against lesser opposition or move on in the summer.

ST: Kelechi Iheanacho - Vardy is expected to be back for Villa, so Iheancho is free to feast in the cup, as he’s done all season.

Bench: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, James, Maddison, Barnes, Perez