Both of these sides will know plenty about each other after meeting in the Championship last term. Since then Norwich have gained promotion, but they won’t have an easy game by any stretch of the imagination as they face a Leicester side who have spent much, much more in the transfer market.
It would be fair that in comparison with other Premier League sides, Norwich have spent very little in the transfer market and that makes their achievements even more incredible. The Canaries have adapted to the top flight incredibly well and with the club sat up in 8th position, they are actually closer to the European places than the bottom three. Furthermore, their supporters will be exceptionally confident ahead of this clash, with the Carrow Road outfit putting some sterling form together over recent weeks. They have lost just one game through their last nine outings, while they have won three from their last four games. Having already overcome two potential banana skins in this competition in the form of West Brom and Burnley, you would have to imagine that Paul Lambert is putting a great level of importance on the FA Cup and the Canaries are certain to field a strong team for this game.
Despite their spending, Leicester on the other hand are struggling. The Foxes may have splashed out well over £10m in transfer fees, yet the Foxes haven’t even touched upon the top six places as they occupy 12th position. For this season it looks as though Leicester’s promotion push is well and truly over, with Nigel Pearson’s side not looking anywhere near a side who are pushing for top honours. They approach this game having lost two out of their last three games, with their latest defeat being to a Watford side who were tipped for a relegation battle at the start of the year.
Norwich have been handed a big boost in this game after Tottenham granted permission for on loan defender Kyle Naughton to feature. However, the Canaries still have problems at the back, with Daniel Ayala and Zak Whitbread poised to miss out as they continue to struggle with injuries. Elsewhere, James Vaughan could make a rare start after nearing full fitness over recent weeks. Leicester will have two major players back for this game, with Sol Bamba and John Pantsil both in the reckoning following their time at the Africa Cup of Nations. At the other end of the field, Nathan Delfouneso is eligible after Aston Villa granted him permission to play.
As for a prediction, we just can’t see past Norwich in this one. The Canaries have highlighted this term how they are an extremely professional outfit and with their opponents struggling to muster any sort of form, our tip is a 2-0 victory for Paul Lambert’s men.