Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
King Power Stadium will host Saturday’s FA Cup game between Leicester City and Wigan Athletic. The Foxes are enjoying a very successful season, and they are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ men, though, have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 FA Cup campaign as well, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Latics in the third round of the prestigious cup competition.
The Latics, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Championship this term, and it is no surprise they are seen as big underdogs in the King Power Stadium clash. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced striker Jamie Vardy, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League this season. In their last meeting at King Power Stadium Leicester recorded a 2-0 win over Wigan.
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 (Wigan):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season.
Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well.
The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).