Brendan Rodgers made history in 2021 after winning the FA Cup for the first time in Leicester City’s history, and while The Foxes haven’t quite managed to claw themselves away from relegation danger in the Premier League — sitting just three points above the drop zone — they will want a strong run in this competition.
The likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have all already exited the FA Cup, so the chances of reaching Wembley and possibly lifting something tangible at the end of the season have certainly been amplified. Leicester have secured wins over Gillingham and Walsall to reach this stage of the competition against Blackburn.
Jon Dahl Tomasson has The Riversiders daring to dream of facing Leicester in the league next season — providing The Foxes stay up — with his side currently fourth in the Championship table. Their promotion-chasing ambitions will be put on the back-burner on Tuesday, though, as they travel to the King Power with the bit between their teeth.
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Leicester City vs Blackburn match stats
Kelechi Iheanacho will certainly fancy his chances against Blackburn later this week, with the Nigerian taking the absolute mickey out of this competition since emerging at City. In fact, Iheanacho has scored more FA Cup goals (17) than any other player since making his debut in the competition in 2016.
For Blackburn, their key player is, of course, attacking difference-maker Ben Brereton Diaz. The Chile international is once against Blackburn’s top scorer in all competitions this season with 11 goals, and has already netted against Premier League opposition, bagging against West Ham in the League Cup back in November.
Leicester City vs Blackburn: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 3-2 Blackburn
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It’s been nearly 10 years since these clubs last squared off. They met in the 2013/14 Championship season, with Leicester winning the King Power tie thanks to goals from Lloyd Dyer and David Nugent, who cancelled out Jordan Rhodes’ 70th-minute penalty.