Our football match prediction:
Leicester City and Derby County face each other at King Power Stadium in the FA Cup replay. The Foxes have been struggling in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, but they could save the season by winning the FA Cup title. Claudio Ranieri’s men are on a five-game winless run in all competitions and they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend. Leicester City aim to regain a much-needed confidence and we predict that coach Ranieri is going to field the best possible side in Wednesday’s football game against Derby County. The Rams produced a fine display in the 2-2 draw with Leicester at their iPro Stadium, but seeing that they failed to score in three of their last four away games in the Championship, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Steven McClaren’s troops this time out.
Highlighted Player (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 (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.