Leicester City will seek to escape an EFL Cup giant killing when they play Newport County at the King Power Stadium in the third round on Tuesday.
The Foxes needed penalty kicks to defeat Stockport County in round two, while their fourth-tier hosts overcame Luton Town and Portsmouth to get this far.
Rodgers’s attention now turns to the EFL Cup, which Leicester have won three times down the years – most recently in the 1999-00 campaign by beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 in the final – and deep runs in the tournament are not unfamiliar to the hosts, but they could only beat Stockport County 3-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in round two.
Indeed, Leicester made it all the way to the quarter-finals last year before being knocked out on penalties by eventual champions Liverpool, and they have managed to reach the last eight in four of the last five editions of the tournament, the outlier being a third-round exit to Arsenal in 2020-21.
Kieran O’Hara’s own goal and a second-half strike from Aaron Lewis ensured that Newport’s name would be in the hat for the second-round draw, and a pair of 3-2 wins over Luton and Portsmouth have allowed Graham Coughlan’s side to set up a third-round EFL Cup tie versus Premier League opposition.
However, Newport County stunned the footballing landscape with a 2-1 victory over Leicester in the third round of the 2018-19 FA Cup – the first competitive meeting between the two sides since 1947 – with the Foxes previously winning three in a row against their Welsh counterparts.
Leicester’s injury list has not changed much over the past couple of weeks, with Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) still out for the long term, while Jonny Evans was not quite ready to return from his calf problem at the weekend.
While Rodgers will be determined to see his side maintain their momentum, a wealth of changes can be expected nonetheless, starting with Daniel Iversen enjoying a rare outing in goal over the improving Danny Ward.
As for Newport County, striker Offrande Zanzala has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem and is not expected to feature here, but the visitors picked up no fresh concerns against Colchester.
Aaron Lewis could certainly push Cameron Norman for a start on the right-hand side following his goal at the weekend, but Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis may also feel that his spot is at risk after being taken off for his fellow defender before the hour mark in that game.
Declan Drysdale and Robbie Willmott were cautioned for the second time in the tournament against Portsmouth, and both players will serve one-game suspensions here.
Possible starting lineup:
|Leicester City||Newport County|
|Ward, Danny||Townsend, Nick|
|Justin, James Michael||Demetriou, Mickey|
|Castagne, Timothy||Norman, Cameron|
|Amartey, Daniel||Clarke, James|
|Evans, Jonny||Lewis, Adam|
|Tielemans, Youri||Bennett, Scott|
|Maddison, James||Evans, William Albert|
|Barnes, Harvey||Moriah-Welsh, Nathan|
|Dewsbury-Hall, Kiernan||Wildig, Aaron|
|Vardy, Jamie||Bogle, Omar|
|Daka, Patson||Waite, James|
Leicester City = 0.0%
Draw = 5.0%
Newport County = 95.0%
Leicester City 0-3 Newport County
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