FA Cup 3rd Round Leicester City Vs Watford: Ranieri Returns Again

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Last Updated on 11 Jan 2022 3:24 pm (UK Time)

The FA Cup third round is back and we are in for some mouthwatering ties, including Claudio Ranieri’s second return to Leicester’s King Power Stadium, as his Watford side goes face-to-face with Brendan Rogers’s Leicester City.

On the Italian’s Premier League return to his Title-winning club in November, the Foxes secured a 4-2 victory, thanks to a double strike from talisman Jamie Vardy, and goals from Ademola Lookman and James Maddison.

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This will also be the fourth FA Cup meeting between the two sides. The last meeting was in 1982, where the Foxes won 2-0.

There are also some fruitful memories from the Hornets Boss as he also returns to the ground where he won the Premier League Title in 2015/16.

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Prior to his side’s league game against the Foxes, the 70-year old cherished his time at the King Power

“The job gave to me good emotions and I’m very proud to be part of the Leicester fairytale and history”;

Claudio Ranieri – BBC SPORT

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The big news for the Foxes is that Vardy will be out for two months with a hamstring injury. Jonny Evans will also not be available until April as he is recovering from surgery on his hamstring.

None of the players who were injured or unavailable over the Christmas period is available for tomorrow’s tie. Caglar Soyuncu could return to face Burnley.

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However, Rodgers believes his side is ready to retain their FA Cup crown.

“We go into the game tomorrow with the mindset of winning the competition again.”

Brendan Rogers

Watford is hoping that their new signings Hassane Kamara and Samir can give them hopes of progressing in the cup as well as fighting to avoid relegation. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Dennis is left out due to a precautionary minor injury, which he picked up against Spurs last week.

Predictions

Judging by the two side’s form in the Premier League, the Foxes, who are in tenth place, start as outright favourites to progress to the fourth round, however as this is the FA Cup, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ranieri’s Hornets spring a surprise. However, as the Foxes start their campaign as reigning champions, they will be keen to do anything they can to try and defend it.

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Score: Leicester win: 2-1

Will the Foxes begin their 2022 campaign with a win, or can The Hornets spring a surprise?

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