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Newport County v Leicester City

4th January 2019, 16:12 by Bobbie Jackson

Leicester will be hoping to avoid an embarrassing loss when they travel to Newport County in the third round of the FA Cup.

Foxes boss Claude Puel has vowed not to underestimate the League Two outfit after they caused problems for Tottenham in round four last season.

Leicester head to Rodney Parade full of confidence after recent victories over Chelsea and Manchester City, which have propelled them to seventh in the Premier League.

Puel could welcome central defender Wes Morgan back into the mix after the Jamaica international recently returned to full training.

Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to be rested, so Kelechi Iheanacho should come into the attacking line in his place.

Andy King is also expected to get a rare starting spot despite being linked with a move away, while Vicente Iborra is in Spain for personal reasons.

Newport have already seen off Metropolitan Police and Wrexham to reach the third round and are yet to concede a goal in the competition.

Boss Mike Flynn will be without Dan Butler through suspension, while Joss Labadie is a doubt with a minor leg injury.

The Premier League outfit have come through 10 of their last 11 FA Cup ties against lower-league opposition.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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