Analysis: Will a rotated Leicester City team have enough to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion?
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Following Brendan Rodgers' press conference, Leicester City will be expected to make a number of changes ahead of their FA Cup fifth round tie against fellow Premier League team Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Foxes comfortably defeated the Seagulls in their last meeting as two James Maddison goals either side of a Jamie Vardy strike saw Brighton off to give Leicester all three points.

Due to busy schedule, Rodgers has confirmed that he will make a number of changes to his side going into the game, but will his side have enough to defeat a resurgent Brighton side?

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Giving youth a chance

In his press conference, Rodgers told the media that he will have a look at some of Leicester's young players, stating: "I feel it’s the right time to put them in. You never know until you put them." 

This will not mean that it will be a very youthful, inexperienced squad as the manager also reiterated that it would be a strong squad too, meaning that he will try and find a blend between first team regulars, fringe players and youth.

It would be likely that the Foxes' latest big prospect in Luke Thomas will gain more first team minutes as he did in the last round against Brentford but Rodgers alluded to giving a couple of youngsters a chance, though he would not comment on who could be getting the nod.

If Rodgers finds the blend between first team and youth, there is still a good chance that his side will have enough quality to best Brighton as his high-flying Foxes look to get their hands on the FA Cup finally.

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Returning first team players

While reading that changes will be made to the team could be construed as weakening the side, Rodgers will be giving vital minutes to the returning Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi as they work back up to the full 90 minutes.

The pair have been out injured for the last couple of matches, leaving the side weakened in their respective positions.

It will represent a huge boost for the side to have the pair back and they will certainly add extra quality that will aid them against Brighton, especially as the pair had a big effect on the last meeting with Ndidi bossing the midfield and Vardy getting the crucial second goal.

They will most likely not be able to last the full 90 minutes as the club will look to reintroduce them gradually but having them back in the side will result in a huge psychological boost for the team as two of the most integral parts of the side return.

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Brighton hitting form 

When Leicester last faced the south coast side, Brighton were struggling for form and results. Fastforward a couple of months and the Seagulls have shocked the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Graham Potter's side have been playing attractive football all season and have been unlucky not to have picked up results where they arguably should have, including the game against Manchester United that saw them hit the woodwork on multiple occasions and lose out to a penalty that was scored after the final whistle had blown. That trend has seemingly passed as they have recorded four wins and two losses in their last six matches in all competitions.

It would be naive to look at the 3-0 result earlier on in the season and suggest that the match will follow a similar path as Brighton will come into the game brimming with confidence and will seem like a completely different side to the one that was beaten at the King Power Stadium in December.