There looks set to be an exciting fixture in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, as Brighton and Leicester City meet with a place in the quarterfinals of the competition being the prize for the winners.
FA Cup Preview
There has certainly been progression from Leicester City since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, but the only thing that has been missing is a piece of silverware. The FA Cup could present their best chance of changing that this term, as they are among the favourites to win the competition this campaign. This will be the first game that the Foxes have played at the King Power in the competition this season, as both previous ties have come away from home. Leicester beat Stoke City in the third round, before they came from behind to beat Championship leaders Brentford in the previous round. Rodgers showed that he has a determination to win the competition this season by fielding a strong line-up in that game, with Youri Tielemans and James Maddison both scoring in the 3-1 win.
Brighton’s relegation worries have been eased slightly over recent weeks, as Graham Potter’s side have picked up huge wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Those wins, and the gap that has opened up, means that the Seagulls may look to play a stronger team in the FA Cup this week, since their survival looks to be almost assured given the weak position of the current bottom three. Brighton have caused problems for the teams in the European places throughout the season, and will certainly be looking to use that to their advantage against Leicester on Wednesday. Brighton have needed to see off Football League sides in the previous two rounds, as they beat Newport County on penalties in the opening round, before beating Blackpool in the fourth round.
Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion Head To Head
This will be the first time that Leicester and Brighton have met in the FA Cup since 1931, but the two sides have played each other consistently in the league since 2018. Brighton are yet to beat the Foxes, as Leicester have picked five wins and two draws.
Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion Prediction
There is typically one surprise result in every round of the FA Cup, and that could come in this fixture. Leicester’s target will be Champions League football this season, which means a number of their players will likely be rested for this game, while Brighton will go near-full strength.
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