£18m-rated maestro axed in two Rodgers changes: Predicted Leicester XI vs Southampton – opinion

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18/4/2021 | 02:05pm

Leicester City face a momentous match this weekend as they take on Southampton in their first FA Cup semi-final in just under 40 years.

The Foxes go into the clash at Wembley in somewhat worrying form having lost their last two matches to Manchester City and West Ham United, so could Brendan Rodgers be tempted to rotate much?

We are expecting just two alterations from the Leicester boss on Sunday.

Kasper Schmeichel is the undisputed Leicester City No.1 and having played in the last round of the competition against Manchester United, he is almost certain to be between the sticks at Wembley.

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No, they will just fall short.

However, the Dane will be shielded by a backline that will have one alteration to it. Caglar Soyuncu is back in training having missed the last two matches due to a positive test. However, now recovered, the Turk will likely replace Daniel Amartey on the right side of a three-man defence.

Elsewhere, Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira will claim their respective places on each side at wing-back.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers

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The Leicester midfield is also up for debate going into the match. Having reported no further injury issues, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans will continue in the centre of the park.

However, James Maddison can now be called upon once again having sat out the defeat to West Ham United for his breach of lockdown guidelines. With his 21 direct goal contributions this season, the former Norwich City man could replace the £18m-rated Dennis Praet.

Finally, Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho will complete the team by lining up in what could be a prolific strike duo.

The Nigerian has scored 13 goals in just 11 starts in the FA Cup, whilst Vardy has found the net on eight separate occasions at Wembley Stadium for both the Foxes and the England national side, so he will surely be looking to extend that record.

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