Confirmed Watford v Leeds lineups: Bamba starts, Botaka on the bench

Watford Vicarage Road

Watford and Leeds meet in the FA Cup at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Watford will be looking to avoid a cup upset this afternoon as they take on Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Hornets have beaten Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest to get to this stage, and Quique Sanchez Flores could really push to win the competition given that Watford are safe from Premier League relegation.

He has though decided to rest star striker Odion Ighalo, whilst goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is also on the bench.

That means that January signings Nordin Amrabat and Costel Pantilimon start, whilst Jose Holebas features at left back, with Juan Carlos Paredes at right back.

Meanwhile, Leeds United beat Rotherham United and Bolton Wanderers to reach this stage of the competition, and are looking to pick up a major victory at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

The big team news is that centre back Liam Cooper is out injured today, meaning Sol Bamba returns to the line-up in the heart of defence.

Loan winger Mustapha Carayol isn't in the squad at all today, with Jordan Botaka coming onto the bench, as manager Steve Evans sticks with a familiar line-up.

Toumani Diagouraga and Liam Bridcutt continue in central midfield, and Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci will be relied up on for goal this afternoon.

Watford lineup

Starting:

  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Miguel Britos
  • Craig Cathcart
  • José Cholebas
  • Juan Carlos Paredes
  • Almen Abdi
  • Nordin Amrabat
  • Étienne Capoue
  • Mario Suárez
  • Ben Watson
  • Troy Deeney

Substitutes: Heurelho Gomes, Allan Nyom, Sebastian Prödl, Ikechi Anya, Valon Behrami, Adlène Guedioura, Odion Ighalo.

Leeds lineup

Starting:

  • Marco Silvestri
  • Sol Bamba
  • Giuseppe Bellusci
  • Charlie Taylor
  • Scott Wootton
  • Liam Bridcutt
  • Lewis Cook
  • Stuart Dallas
  • Toumani Diagouraga
  • Mirco Antenucci
  • Souleymane Doukara

Substitutes: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Tom Adeyemi, Alex Mowatt, Luke Murphy, Jordan Botaka, Lee Erwin.

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