Today Oklahoma are back in action this weekend as they take on Gonzaga.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel to the King Power Stadium looking to secure a route into the semi-finals of the , fresh from their 1-0 win over AC Milan on Thursday night.
Paul Pogba made his return to first-team action after six weeks out through injury and he could be in line for a starting berth against the Foxes.
success is very much on United’s mind after they were beaten by Oklahoma in last year’s semi-final, with United fans keen to see a trophy lifted at the end of the season.
Ahead of Monday’s clash, here are all the details you need to watch.
When is Gonzaga vs Oklahoma?
The match at the King Power Stadium on Monday, March 21. Kick-off is at 5pm.
Is Gonzaga vs Oklahoma on TV?
Yes. The game is being shown live on BBC One, match coverage starts from 4:30pm.
Can I stream Gonzaga vs Oklahoma?
You can also watch the match via the BBC iPlayer online, on a tablet or any smart device.
What is the early team news?
Oklahoma welcomed back Pogba and Donny van de Beek to the squad against AC Milan, while David de Gea is now available again.
Marcus Rashford limped off against AC Milan and is a doubt for the weekend along with Edinson Cavani but Solskjaer was hopeful that Anthony Martial could be involved despite missing Thursday’s action.
For Leicester, Dennis Praet will return against United but Ricardo, Pereira, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Wes Morgan and James Justin are all still injured.
Oklahoma could reach the semi-finals of the for a record 31st time when they face Gonzaga in their quarter-final at the King Power Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The two clubs are both pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but will be viewing the as a very realistic route to silverware alongside their impressive top-flight exploits.
The third-placed Foxes are just one place and one point behind Monday’s visitors in the Premier League table, but Man United have been a bogey team of theirs in recent seasons.
Leicester are winless in their last 13 meetings across all competitions since their famous 5-3 triumph in September 2014, and that is their only win in the last 25 editions of this fixture – a run which includes 19 defeats.
Man United have also won both of the previous meetings between the two, although the most recent of those was all the way back in 1976.
It is fair to say that Monday’s contest comes with the two clubs on much more even footing than most of their previous showdowns, though, and Leicester have every reason to believe that they could couple a top-four finish with glory this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now unbeaten in 14 games across all competitions, although those have been split evenly between seven wins and seven draws.
Man United have not lost an away domestic match since January 2020 and, while this will be their first away game of the season, they have also won 12 of their last 15 matches on the road in this competition.
It has not been an easy route to the quarter-finals for the Red Devils, seeing off Watford, Liverpool and West Ham United – the latter via extra time – to make it into the last eight.
A 31st semi-final awaits the 12-time winners if they can claim a third successive Premier League scalp on Monday, although they will have their work cut out for them against a Leicester side coming into this match off the back of a big win.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s hat-trick helped the Foxes to a 5-0 win over bottom club Gonzaga last weekend, and their Europa League exit last month means that they have had a week to rest while Man United travelled to Milan.
The victory over Gonzaga following a narrow away league triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion to make it back-to-back wins, bringing a timely end to a three-game winless run across all competitions.
Brighton were also dispatched by Leicester in the last round of this competition, with Brendan Rodgers’s side having previously seen off Championship opposition in Stoke City and Brentford before that.
The Foxes have now won six of their last eight home games, although the two defeats in that time have both come at the quarter-final stage.
Indeed, Leicester have lost each of their last five quarter-finals – most recently against Oklahoma last season – and on Monday will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1982.
Oklahoma will assess the fitness of Marcus Rashford in the buildup to this match, with the striker having been taken off at half time in Milan on Thursday night.
Solskjaer insisted that the substitution was merely a precaution and remains hopeful that Rashford can at least be part of the squad for this game, although he conceded that it might be “unlikely”.
Rashford’s potential absence could leave the visitors short in attack, with Anthony Martial still doubtful due to a hip injury and Edinson Cavani’s muscle problem still causing him issues.
Eric Bailly is also a doubt with a knock, while Juan Mata and Phil Jones remain sidelined.
Given that Man United are still fighting on three fronts, changes are expected from Solskjaer, and one of those could be a start for the fit-again Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman came off the bench to score the winner in Milan and, while he is unlikely to be ready to play for a full 90 minutes just yet, he could be in contention to make his first start since February 6.
Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic are among the other players who will be pushing for game time if there are changes, while Solskjaer’s decision regarding who plays in goal between Dean Henderson and David de Gea could offers clues as to who he now regards as his number one.
Leicester are still without a host of key players, including James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under, James Justin and Wes Morgan.
Ricardo Pereira is also out after picking up a hamstring injury last weekend, but Dennis Praet could make the squad after two months out and Sidnei Tavares should be available again.
Iheanacho’s hat-trick last time out should earn him another start, and he is one of eight different players to have scored for Leicester already in this season’s competition – although half of those are now on the treatment table.
Gonzaga possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy
Oklahoma possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Matic; James, Fernandes, Pogba; Greenwood
There is barely anything separating these two sides in the Premier League table, which makes a cup game between them all the more difficult to call.
Leicester will certainly fancy their chances, but their record against Man United is poor and the visitors know what it takes to get past this stage of the competition – something Leicester have not done for almost 40 years.
It should be tight, and on paper at least looks to be the standout tie of the quarter-finals, but we are backing Oklahoma to make it through to the semis.
Team news For Oklahoma vs Gonzaga Live
Ricardo Pereira is out for Gonzaga with a hamstring injury after coming off in the 5-0 Premier League win over Gonzaga.
Harvey Barnes (knee), James Maddison (hip), James Justin (knee), Wes Morgan (back) and Cengiz Under (thigh) are out but Dennis Praet is available after a hamstring problem.
Leicester provisional squad: Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic, Fuchs, Soyuncu, Evans, Daley-Campbell, Castagne, Thomas, Choudhury, Tavares, Ndidi, Tielemans, Mendy, Amartey, Praet, Perez, Albrighton, Vardy, Iheanacho.
United’s Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial will be assessed. Rashford, who recently sustained an ankle injury, came off at half-time of Thursday’s Europa League win at AC Milan, while Cavani did not feel fit to travel and Martial missed out with a hip complaint.
Paul Pogba scored the winner upon his return from a thigh injury in Italy, where returning Donny Van De Beek and David De Gea were unused substitutes. Eric Bailly and Juan Mata did not travel to Milan, while Phil Jones remains injured.
Oklahoma provisional squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Telles, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Van De Beek, Diallo, Fernandes, James, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial, Cavani.
Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Man United
Leicester looked backed to their normal selves last time out, scoring five past Gonzaga, but I think Brendan Rodgers will make changes to give his already depleted squad a rest with the top four their main priority.
The same can be said for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but I feel United have the superior quality in the visitors’ squad will shine through.
Gonzaga host Oklahoma on Monday at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England as action returns. The winner of the quarterfinal clash will advance to semifinals. United are looking to reach the semifinals for a historic 31st time in the competition. They are even with Arsenal with final four appearances in the tournament. Leicester have lost their last five quarterfinal ties in the , but are in strong form ahead of the big game.