Two Premier League sides will battle it out for a place in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night as Newcastle United host Leicester City at St. James’ Park.
The Foxes are sitting pretty in fourth after a fantastic start to the season, remaining unbeaten with two draws and a victory.
Whilst Steve Bruce’s men opened with two straight defeats, they pulled off the shock of the weekend by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0, so they will likely be full of confidence heading into this fixture.
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For Leicester, a top-six finish must surely be the aim, so will Brendan Rodgers ring the changes for a fixture such as this?
Here’s our predicted line-up:
To some the League Cup is an unnecessary hindrance so early into the campaign, but it’s a good opportunity to gain some minutes for those on the bench and those who cannot even buy a place in the match-day squad.
Hence, we expect changes.
Most notably, Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are all given rests in our potential XI having featured in every minute possible this season.
In their place should be backup goalkeeper Danny Ward, Kelechi Iheanacho, who is yet to feature this season, long-serving captain Wes Morgan and summer signing Justin James.
Rodgers may also look to give more chances to his wingers, having opted for Maddison and Ayoze Perez on the flanks thus far. Harvey Barnes will surely get a first start after his stunning strike against Sheffield United.
On the other flank could be Demarai Gray, who hasn’t been seen at all this season.
Nampalys Mendy might be handed his first start of the season with another summer singing Dennis Praet alongside him – Perez may benefit from another start as he looks to adjust to his new surroundings, starting behind the front three in the role he played on Tyneside.
Caglar Soyuncu has impressed hugely this season, replacing the departed Harry Maguire, averaging a rating of 7.40 as well as winning 5.7 aerial duels per game in the league. The 23-year-old may be another player to keep his spot amongst the starting XI.
Ben Chilwell shouldn’t be risked after injury, meaning Christian Fuchs should keep his place too.