Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 Premier League win over Everton, Leicester City will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face lower-league side Newport in their EFL Cup opener. The Foxes quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Man City, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Tuesday’s clash. Harvey Barnes, who impressed in the triumph over Frank Lampard’s troops, should be rested against Newport, while all Pereira, Evans, and Bertrand continue to miss out with injuries.
Jamie Vardy is widely expected to return to the starting XI. The Exiles, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Colchester in their FA Cup opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Brendan Rodgers’ troops, who have been showing signs of improvement of late. Defender Aaron Lewis is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Newport County):
Nicknamed the Exiles, Newport County are a Welsh club that welcome their rivals at Rodney Parade. Despite being based in Wales, the club compete in the English League Two. Newport County’s home ground was built in 1904, and it has a capacity of 7,850 people. The club’s home colours are amber shirts and black shorts, with the team wearing black, gray and amber kit when playing on the travels.
Newport County did well to win Welsh Cup in 1980, with the team making it to the FA Trophy in 2012. In 2008 the Latics managed to win the FAW Premier Cup, with the team beating fellow Welsh club Llanelli 1-0 in the title game.
Newport County recorded their biggest league win against Merthyr Town (10-0) on April 10, 1930, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Newcastle United (0-13) on October 5, 1946. The club’s record league attendance is 24,268. The record was set on October 16, 1937, when Newport County hosted Cardiff City in a Football League Third Division South game.