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Leicester City vs Wigan Athletic preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 18:47, 2 January 2020

High-flying Leicester City take on 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the third round this weekend.

Leicester have proved they can cope without Jamie Vardy with recent victories over West Ham United and Newcastle United, while Wigan continue their pursuit of safety in the Championship.

But is there the potential for a giant-killing at the King Power on Saturday?

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.

When is Leicester vs Wigan and where can I watch live?

Competition: FA Cup third round

Venue: King Power Stadium

Date: Saturday, 04 January 2020

Kick-off: 5.31 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Previous meetings: Leicester vs Wigan

01 April 2014: Wigan 2-2 Leicester (Championship)

14 September 2013: Leicester 2-0 Wigan (Championship)

16 April 2005: Leicester 0-2 Wigan (Championship)

20 November 2004: Wigan 0-0 Leicester (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Leicester (DWLD) 4-4 Wigan (DLWD)

Ones to watch

Leicester: James Maddison

Unless Brendan Rodgers decides to rest him, Maddison is bound to have a big impact on the game. The playmaker was instrumental once again at Newcastle, scoring a stunning goal from distance. With Jamie Vardy out, Rodgers may need Maddison to continue providing a goal threat.

Key stat: Maddison has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box (8) than any other player since the beginning of last season.

Wigan: Josh Windass

One of Wigan’s major problems this season has been the lack of a clinical goalscorer, but Josh Windass has been aiming to change that. He was on the scoresheet last time out against Birmingham and will be eager to prove himself against Premier League opposition.

Key stat: Windass has found the net in two of Wigan’s last five games.

Team news


Matty James is Leicester’s only long-term absentee. Jamie Vardy missed the win at Newcastle with a calf injury and remains a doubt. Wes Morgan could make a rare start in place of Jonny Evans, who has played a lot of football recently.

Predicted XI: Ward; Justin, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Albrighton, Choudhury, Tielemans, Gray; Maddison; Iheanacho.

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Wigan made just one change for their victory over Birmingham City on Wednesday and manager Paul Cook may opt to continue with the same XI here.

Predicted XI: Jones; Byrne, Kipre, Naismith, Robinson; Evans, Morsy; Lowe, Williams, Jacobs; Windass.

Squawka prediction

Wigan have picked up slightly of late in the Championship but Leicester should have far too much quality for the visitors, even if the Foxes make numerous changes.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester 3-0 Wigan