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FA Cup preview: Stoke v Leicester

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Stoke City and Leicester clash at The Britannia Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup with Nigel Pearson's side hoping that they can transfer their league form into cup success.

Leicester currently sit top of the Championship after winning four games on the bounce and opening up a four-point gap between themselves and Burnley in second.

Stoke haven't fared as well, after a confidence boosting win over Chelsea a few weeks ago, The Potters held Aston Villa to a draw before heavy defeats to Newcastle and Tottenham and a disappointing draw with Everton gave Mark Hughes side a festive period to forget.

Team news

Stoke will rely on Jack Butland after both senior keepers Thomas Sorenson and Asmir Begovic fell to injury. Mark Hughes could also give Kenwyne Jones, Marko Arnautovic and Matthew Etherington starts as he looks to rest key players ahead of Liverpool's visit in a weeks time.

The Potters will be without Robert Huth (knee) and Andy Wilkinson (Ankle) who are still out through injury.

The Foxes have Jamie Vardy back from suspension and could also recall ex Stoke player Ritchie De Laet, full-back Paul Konchesky, midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Matty James and strikers Martyn Waghorn and Jeff Schlupp.

But Nigel Pearson's side will be without Sean St. Ledger, Tom Hopper and Chris Wood due to injuries.

Stats

The last time Stoke and Leicester met, Stoke City were promoted to The Premier League and Leicester were relegated to League One after a 0-0 draw in May 2008.

These sides have 3 wins each from their last 10 meetings. Leicester haven’t won at Stoke since August 2002, when they beat them 0-1 in the old Division One.

Stoke have lost only 1 of their last 8 home games.

Oussama Assaidi has scored 3 of Stoke’s last 5 goals.

Leicester have won 12 of 14 games this season after they have taken the lead.

Prediction

Stoke have many key players who will be wanting to prove themselves with this rare run out. Whilst Leicester will be out to prove they can compete against Premier League opposition. It will be a hard game for both teams but I feel Stoke will take it 3-2.

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