Leicester City vs Blackburn Rovers Match Analysis & Prediction
28/02/2023 10:45 pm
Leicester City will face a step-up in class when they host Championship side Blackburn Rovers in their fifth-round FA Cup tie on Tuesday. The Foxes scraped past two fourth-tier sides to reach the last-16 stage, while their second-tier counterparts won by the same scoreline away to Birmingham City in a replay.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has been forced to rely on Nigeria international striker Kelechi Iheanacho to rescue his side from poor form in the English Premier League.
After Iheanacho scored in a 1-0 win over Gillingham in the third round of the FA Cup, he came off the bench to help Leicester defeat Walsall 1-0 in round four.
However, their fortunes didn’t improve for long; they lost their next two games, 3-0 against Manchester United and 1-0 against Arsenal before Martinelli scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory over Burnley this weekend.
In their first FA Cup fourth-round clash of the season, Blackburn Rovers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Birmingham City.
Blackburn also edged the replay thanks to a stroke of fortune – Auston Trusty scoring an own goal in the 100th minute.
With a return to the Premier League at the forefront of their minds, winning the FA Cup for the seventh time is down the list of Blackburn Rovers’ priorities, but Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side will relish the opportunity to test their mettle against a top-tier mainstay.
Leicester City vs. Blackburn Rovers Head to head
Both sides have five games against each other with hosts taking two wins while visitors with one win and two draws.
Leicester City Team News
James Maddison’s disrupted campaign continued at the weekend, as the pivotal Leicester playmaker was ruled out of the defeat to Arsenal after falling ill overnight. Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, and Jonny Evans represent the Foxes’ trio of injury absentees for the fifth round, with Evans expected to return in team training soon.
Leicester City's Last 5 Matches
Blackburn Rovers Team News
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray cannot call upon the services of January signing Sorba Thomas, who is cup-tied for this showdown. Meanwhile, Tomasson could do without further absences as he works around a mini-injury crisis. Bradley Dack, Scott Wharton, Adam Wharton, Sam Barnes, Clinton Mola, and Daniel Ayala occupy spots in the treatment room.
Blackburn Rovers's Last 5 Matches
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