It is a break from Championship action for Stoke City this weekend as they take on Premier League high-flyers Leicester City at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Potters will look to cause somewhat of an upset when they welcome Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, who will be without star striker Jamie Vardy and midfielder James Maddison.
Stoke will look to get back to form against Leicester, having gone four games in all competitions without a win, including a 1-0 home loss against Bournemouth last week.
The last three home games against Leicester have ended in 2-2 draws, but what are the pundits thinking will happen when the two teams meet again?
Former Premier League striker Michael Owen has predicted the Premier League team to come out on top, although he thinks it will be a close encounter.
“Stoke welcome Premier League high-flyers Leicester City to the Bet365 Stadium. Leicester have had an excellent season, so far. However, they have played a lot of games and I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will see this as an ideal opportunity to rest some of his key players,” he told BetVictor.
“That said, Stoke have been so inconsistent this season. We all know how effective the Foxes are away from home, and I think they’ll just have enough again here.”
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Owen’s prediction: Stoke City 1-2 Leicester City
However, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson thinks that the game will be a much closer affair, although he is still backing Leicester to make it into the fourth and fifth round draw.
In his BBC Column, the former defender is predicting that the game will end in a 0-0 draw after extra time with the game going all the way to penalties, although he has backed Leicester to come out on top in the shootout.