Leicester will go to Newport for their third round FA Cup game this Sunday. Claude Puel is at a moment on a good run in the Premier League and hopefully this will continue.
There will be few changes as Claude Puel is eager to bring the current group of players on their toes. We will probably see Fuchs, Ward and Morgan back in action, and then those other regulars will be used.
Would be surprised to see players currently being linked with other clubs in action. Andy King, Matty James, Adrien Silva and Vicente Iborra looks all out of the picture.
Newport will probably try to field a strong side, and from the preview in front of the game, the duo Jamille Matt and Joe Day looks forward to an exciting Sunday evening. The League Two side defeated Wrexham convincingly 4-0 in their replay of the previous round, drawing 0-0 in the first.
Newport are currently 12th in League Two. Jamille Matt and Padraig Amond are their two top forwards who as a total of 18 goals between so far this season. Also one to watch is 20 year old midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson, a very talented youngster currently on loan from Bristol City.
If Puel decides to rest more players there could be possible involvement from maybe Josh Knight or Darnell Johnson, both being available and doing well in the U.23’s.
Going back in the history of the two clubs, you will surely not find too many facts about previous games, only four, and players who have been in both camps, and even managers are rare, but searching, you will find some interesting facts. Leicester have never lost, three wins and a draw, the last game played was back in March 1947.
Former Leicester City manager Tom Bromilow also had two spells as a manager of Newport County. Bromilow was never really rated as a manager in the same words as he was as a player, a Liverpool legend and England international. Bromilow returned to Leicester City as a scout, and in that capacity while on work for the club, died on a train, back in 1959.
You have to go back a long time for the Bromilow reign, back before the war and earlier, being a player at Liverpool from 1919 to 1930, and manager at Newport, first spell, 1936-1937, second spell, 1946 to 1950. His England caps, five in total, came between 1921 to 1925.
Eddie May might not be to familier for most of fans, but he was an assistant manager at Leicester City from 1978 to 1983, and had a short spell in charge of Newport County in 1988.
To find former players in both camps is also a difficult, and you have to go back in time with Arthur Lever as a name. Lever played for Leicester from 1950 to 1954 and moved to Newport were he played until 1957.
Gary Plumley is another name that appears in the books. A young goalkeeper at Leicester City and part of the first team squad from 1974 to 1976, but with Wallington and earlier Shilton as preferred first choices you hade little or no alternative for first team football.
Plumley is a bit of a legend at Newport County, playing 181 league games for the club from 1976 to 1981. He later played in Hong Kong for Happy Valley, and occasionally returned to Newport for three more spells during the 80’s appearing in 5 more games.
We hope for a good game at the Rodney Parade, and of course to step into the 4th round with a win and really continuing a run of wins.