Verdict: Leicester win
Best Odds: 2/5
Looking to book their FA Cup quarter-final ticket on Tuesday night, Leicester will welcome Championship outfit Blackburn to the King Power.
Starting with the hosts, while Leicester might have opened February enjoying what was a welcomed boost, the Foxes have come crashing back down to earth over the past. Last seen over the weekend getting hit with a 1-0 loss at home against title contenders Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers’ side have now suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats. Holding just a three-point buffer over slipping into the relegation zone and with some growing pressure once again on the one-time Liverpool boss, Leicester should be glad to turn their attention back to FA Cup duties on Tuesday night. However, despite being tipped as a standout pick to extend on their adventure here, Rodgers’ side have shown some extended issues on home soil. It should be noted, the midweek hosts have managed to muster just a single victory from their last six contests at the King Power.
Missing out in last weekend’s 1-0 loss against Arsenal, Leicester are sweating over the fitness of attacking talisman James Maddison on Tuesday night. Ryan Bertrand, James Justin and Jonny Evans will not feature here.
With Rodgers expected to make a handful of changes in midweek, the likes of Youri Tielemans, Nampalys Mendy and Patson Daka will be hoping for a full recall.
As for the visitors, although Blackburn might have opened 2023 in the midst of an extended wobble, the Rovers have come roaring back in some style. Laying down yet another marker over the weekend and picking up some perfect momentum as they cruised their way to a 3-1 romp away at QPR, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men are sat in pole position to claim a play-off spot in 2023. Gaining plenty of praise from across the Championship this season, the Lancashire-based outfit have now won each of their last three second-tier matchups. In fact, extending on their FA Cup adventure on January 31st as they edged their way past Championship rivals Birmingham, Blackburn will be desperate to spring a major upset here. Now unbeaten in each of their previous nine contests across all formats, Tomasson should find the mood in his camp at a real high.
Blackburn will make the trip to Leicester on Tuesday night without the likes of Scott Wharton, Adam Wharton, Thomas Kaminski, Sam Barnes, Bradley Dack, Clinton Mola, and Daniel Ayala.
Bagging a brace in last weekend’s 3-1 victory away at QPR, former Southampton starlet Sam Gallagher will be hoping to keep his spot here.
Key Factors to Consider
- Tuesday’s meeting is the first time that Leicester and Blackburn have met since March 2014.
- However, Leicester have managed to claim just a single win from their last six battles at the King Power.
- The Foxes have recorded just a sole domestic clean sheet since back on January 7th.
- Blackburn have won each of their last three Championship contests by a 5-1 aggregate score.
- Likewise, Tuesday’s guests are unbeaten in each of their previous nine matchups across all formats.
While Blackburn might travel to the King Power enjoying an extended purple patch, the Championship side should face a tough step up in class here. Although Leicester might have shown some extended issues on home soil this season, the Foxes are rightfully tipped as a standout pick to extend on their FA Cup adventure. Glad to turn their attention away from a looming relegation scrap, Rodgers’ side will be desperate to avoid a potential banana skin here. While Leicester could face a tricky test on Tuesday night, we are backing a home victory and the Premier League outfit to punch their quarter-final ticket on home soil.
Verdict: Leicester win
Best Odds: 2/5
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