Leicester City vs Manchester United: Predicted Line Ups
KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/12/26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Wesley Fofana of Leicester City in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium. Final Score; Leicester City 2:2 Manchester United. (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Leicester City are looking to reach the FA Cup Semi-Finals for the first time since 1982 as they host 12-time winners Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Foxes claimed an impressive 5-0 win in the Premier League last weekend over bottom side Sheffield United thanks to a Kelechi Iheanacho hat-trick.

United on the other hand come into this one, on the back of their trip to Italy, where they beat AC Milan 1-0 (2-1 on Aggregate) in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie on Thursday night.

Here is how we expect both sides to line up this Sunday:

Leicester City

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Brendan Rodgers will be pleased to welcome back Dennis Praet into the squad against the Red Devils as the Belgian International makes his return from a 10-week absence due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Fourth Round against Stoke City.

However, he will be disappointed not to have Ricardo Pereira available as the full back suffered a minor hamstring strain and was substituted at half time in the game against Sheffield.

James Maddison is still unavailable as he recovers from a reoccurring hip problem which has kept him out for the past couple of weeks. He isn’t excepted back now until after the international break.

Harvey Barnes underwent a successful surgery on a knee injury he suffered in the 3-1 loss against Arsenal. He isn’t excepted back in training for another four weeks.

James Justin is the only other long-term injury as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered in the last round of the Cup against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Wes Morgan and Cengiz Under are also unavailable.

Having had the whole week to prepare for the match and refreshen the players, don’t be too surprised to not see many changes from the game against Sheffield United.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Albrighton, Soyuncu, Evans, Fofana, Castagne; Ndidi Tielemans, Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Manchester United

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The Red Devils are suffering with a few injuries of their own.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to assess a number of his key players before the trip to the East Midlands.

Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailey are all doubts for the game.

Rashford was taken off against Milan after feeling an unspecified “twinge” and will be touch and go if he is to feature.

The game against the Foxes might come a little too soon for Cavani, Martial and Bailey as they all recover from respective injuries.

Manchester United XI: Henderson; Wan Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; James, Fernandes, Greenwood.

Prediction

The fact that both teams have had different time periods to recover for this match will play a huge part in this fixture.

United have only had two days to recover whilst also having to fly back from Italy compared to the Foxes who have had all week to prepare.

Brendan Rodgers will know the United players will be tired and will need to use that to his advantage.

Vardy and Iheanacho have created a brilliant partnership up top over the past couple of weeks and will need to carry on that if they’re to create more history for the club.

Leicester City 2-1 Manchester United.

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