Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup quarter-finals will be at stake when Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers face each other at King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Foxes failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the weekend, with the team taking no more than one shoot during the match, but they are still seen as favourites to beat the Riversiders on home soil. Both Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy are pushing for a start, while all Justin, Evans, and Bertrand remain in the recovery room. Key midfielder James Maddison should be recalled to the starting XI after recovering from illness.
The visitors, meanwhile, are on a three-game winning run in the Championship, but seeing that their main goal is to secure the Premier League promotion, we are tempted to put our money on Brendan Rodgers’ troops this time out. As for the away team, fit-again attacker Ben Brereton Diaz could play some part after overcoming his injury, whilst all Ayala, Barnes, Batty, Daack, Kaminski, Mola, and Wharton continue to miss out.
Highlighted Player (Youri Tielemans):
Youri Tielemans is a product of Anderlecht football academy. The prolific midfielder was born on May 7, 1997 in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and he is regarded as one of the most talented Belgian players. Tielemans signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht at the age of 16 and in 2013 he made his first-team debut for the club.
The Belgian starlet came as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Lokeren in the national championship. Youri Tielemans was making progress week by week and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. The 176-cm-tall footballer scored 26 goals in 139 appearances in the league for Anderlecht and in 2017 he signed a five-year deal with Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Tielemans joined les Rouges et Blancs for a fee of around €25 million. Speaking of his international career, the Monaco midfielder made his senior debut for Belgium in a 1-1 draw with Netherlands (9.9.2016.). He came as a substitute ten minutes before the final whistle, replacing Steven Defour.
Highlighted Team (Blackburn Rovers):
Blackburn Rovers have been trying to return to the Premier League ever since they dropped to the Championship in 2012. The Riversiders compete in the English second tier and they play their home games at Ewood Park. Blackburn were founded back in 1875 and they are one of the founding members of the Football League (1888).
Burnley are considered Blackburn’s main rivals and the two teams square off against each other in the East Lancashire derby. It has to be noted that Blackburn Burnley 7-1 in their first ever meeting in the East Lancashire Derby on 3 November, 1888. The Riversiders have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies (1911/1912, 1913/1914, 1994/1995).
Blackburn Rovers have clinched six FA Cup titles as well. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Riversiders won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2007. The colour of Blackburn’s home kit is blue and white.