Leicester City will play Bournemouth in FA Cup

Tuesday night's exciting FA Cup fifth-round match between Premier League team Bournemouth and Championship leaders Leicester City will take place at the Vitality Stadium

(Football news) Bournemouth will go into the game having just lost 1-0 at home to champion Manchester City, while Leicester lost 3-1 to Leeds United in their previous matchup at the top of the table.

In order to go to the FA Cup’s fifth round, Bournemouth had to win their first two games. On January 6, they defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-2, and their most recent victory came against Swansea City, 5-0.

The Cherries will face a step up in class in this tournament, though, as they come into the game coming off a five-game losing streak, which included a 1-0 league setback at home to Man City on Saturday.

Andoni Iraola’s side showed plenty of positive signs against the Citizens at the Vitality Stadium, but they could not make the most of some good opportunities, with the result leaving them down in 14th position in the Premier League table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Bournemouth’s next three in the Premier League are actually against the bottom three – Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town – so they will be confident of claiming points in the coming weeks, but their immediate focus is on booking a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Cherries have won each of their last three matches against Leicester, all of which have been in the Premier League, including a 2-1 success when they last locked horns at the Vitality Stadium in October 2022.

Leicester has not defeated the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium since a Championship match in February 2014, and they have not defeated Bournemouth since a 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium in August 2019.

Although Leicester is focused on getting back to the Premier League, the Foxes know what it takes to win this game, having famously lifted the FA Cup at the end of the 2020–21 season. This match will actually be the first-ever FA Cup meeting between the two sides.

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