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Preview: Leicester vs Macclesfield

Leicester City
vs.
Macclesfield Town

Walkers Stadium

10/08/10

7.45 p.m.

Macclesfield Town are this evening's visitors to the Walkers Stadium in the first round of the League Cup.

It is only the third meeting between the two sides, all three coming in this stage of the same competition with Leicester running out 2-0 winners on both previous occassions.

The tie sees the reverse of the same fixture last season, when the Foxes ran out comfortable winners at Moss Rose thanks to goals from Dany N'Guessan and Matty Fryatt.

Paulo Sousa will be looking for his first competitive victory in charge of the Foxes following Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace.

A dismal first half saw his side ship three goals at Selhurst Park, but a spirited comeback in the second saw the Foxes dominate proceedings with a confident display.

Sousa could hand debuts to Portuguese duo Miguel Vitor and midfielder Moreno, but there may be no part for right back Michael Lamey, whose international clearance has not yet been processed.

Meanwhile opponents Macclesfield took home a point from League Two new boys Stevenage at the weekend, a last minute goal from Borough's Charlie Griffin preventing all three points for Town.

Vital Quotes:

Leicester manager Paulo Sousa: 'We weed to be 100% focused on the game to do the right job.

'If our intensity is not 100% then we will struggle against each opponent we play.

'We need to impose our style, not just because it is at home or because it is a team in a lower division but everywhere we go, every pitch.'

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester will be without the services of Andy King, who has been called up for Wales.

Paulo Sousa is likely to hand debuts to centre back Miguel Vitor and midfielder Moreno, whilst there could be a place for left back Tom Kennedy.

Paul Gallagher looks to have won his battle for fitness and could start for the Foxes.

Player to watch: Miguel Vitor

The highly-rated centre back signed on a season-long loan from homeland giants Benfica, and is highly rated by the Portugese outfit.

Leicester fans are yet to catch a glimpse of their new centre back, but tonight should see the 21-year-old's first competitive appearance in a Foxes shirt.

Macclesfield Town Team News:

New signing Jason Beardsley may make his debut at the back for the Silkmen.

Elsewhere former-Fox Ricky Sappleton is injured, along with Paul Morgan, Ross Draper and Hamza Bencherif.

Player to watch: Tyrone Barnett

The former West Brom trainee was working as a service driver prior to this campaign whilst playing for non-league Hednesford Town, but scored on his debut for the Silkmen at the weekend.

Manager Gary Simpson spoke of his delight for Barnett, claiming he would be 'up there' at the end of the season.

Match Facts & Stats

- Leicester have never lost to Macclesfield.

- The Foxes have not been eliminated in the first round for 30 years, since a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Rotherham in the 1979/80 season.

- Macclesfield have never been past the second round in the competition.

- The Silkmen haven't won an away tie in the League Cup for five years since victory at Nottingham Forest in 2005.

Ref Watch:

J Waugh

Match Prediction:

Going for a three out of three against Macclesfield for City. Leicester 2-0 Macclesfield.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 14th August

Leicester: Middlesbrough (H)

Macclesfield: Shrewsbury (H)


Writer:JBFox
Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
Time: 3:35PM

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