Three vital duels for Leicester’s must-win clash with Derby

Leicester have a second shot at FA Cup progression with their replay against Derby on Wednesday night. This is a match that could mean so much to the Foxes after their dire run in the league could also be another nail in Claudio Ranieri’s King Power Stadium managerial coffin. Yes, that’s 2015/16 league winning boss, Ranieri.

Derby have been on an indifferent run in the Championship, but remain firmly in the play-off race. Going into this heated local bout they certainly have more momentum than the Foxes, with the reigning English champions having lost four straight in the league without even finding the net once, which isn’t exactly the form of a side who are going to pull away from a relegation tussle.

This match can either be a further confirmation of the trouble Leicester are in or a brief respite from the pressure of the league. Derby, meanwhile, have little to lose. They can topple the champions and local rivals if they win, but a loss is by no means a crisis and is actually expected – it’s a win-win.

It will be a close run thing, mind. So these THREE duels will be crucial…