Predicted XI: Who could play in the FA Cup today

by 24britishtvJan. 8, 2022, 3 p.m. 17
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Watford are set to make a number of changes to their starting XI for their FA Cup third round tie away at Leicester City.

Head coach Claudio Ranieri has said he wants to preserve his players, with a huge week of Premier League action coming up next week.

Here's how I think they might line up this afternoon.

A rare chance for the third choice shot stopper.

With Kiko Femenia sidelined, he's almost certain to start.

William Troost-Ekong is away and Samir might not be ready just yet. Options dictate he is likely to start.

Injuries and AFCON mean he is almost guaranteed to start too.

Ranieri has already confirmed he will play a part, I imagine he will be in from kick off.

A player who really needs game time and confidence.

Another player on the fringes who is set to get a chance.

One of a handful of senior players, will likely wear the captain's armband if selected.

I'd see Joao Pedro as the more important of the two, so expect him to be rested, but it could be either of the pair.

Another opportunity for game time and to show Ranieri what he can do.

Has been restricted to cup action so far, other than three brief substitute appearances. Will be hoping to add to his Carabao Cup goals.

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