League One outfit Burton Albion host Premier League record-breaking Leicester at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday looking to book a surprise Carabao Cup quarter-final place.
Burton are one of only five non-Premier League sides who remain in the Carabao Cup after putting on a fantastic display in a 2-0 home win against Bournemouth in the third round.
Leicester, meanwhile, arguably put together the performance of the decade as they recorded a 9-0 trouncing of Southampton in the Premier League last Friday, the largest away win in recorded English football history. The Foxes also cruised past Championship side Luton Town in a 4-1 away win in the last round of the league cup, despite a much changed starting XI.
With 23 goals in their last six matches, Leicester seem to be running rampant against any side they face, and Burton will certainly have a job on their hands if they are to halt Brendan Rodgers' victory parade.
Here is 90min's preview of Tuesday's clash.
Where To Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Tuesday 29 October|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (GMT)|
|Where Is It Played?||Pirelli Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||N/A|
|Referee?||Darren England (ENG)|
The Brewers are able to welcome back a quintet of players, which comes at a handy time given their busy fixture list which contains three games in a week.
Stephen Quinn (knee) returned to the bench during a 1-0 win against AFC Wimbledon and managed 71 minutes against Blackpool on Saturday afternoon. Defender Jake Buxton also returned to the Brewers bench against Blackpool and will be keen to prove his fitness to manager Nigel Clough, given the former Derby man is now 34.
John Brayford, David Templeton and Oliver Šarkić all battled fitness problems as they returned to League One action against Blackpool on Saturday, meaning they should be eligible for Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie.
Leicester have no fresh injury concerns following their 9-0 destruction of Southampton, with James Maddison emerging unscathed after being taken off against Burnley a week previously as a precaution.
However, a number of changes may be made to the starting XI - with Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho poised to earn their chance.
|Burton:||O'Hara; Akins, O'Toole, Nartey, Hutchinson; Wallace, Fraser, Edwards; Šarkić, Broadhead, Boyce|
|Leicester:||Ward; Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs; Choudhury, Amartey; Gray, Praet, Albrighton; Iheanacho|
Head to Head Record
Somewhat surprisingly, there have been four meetings between the two sides since 1985. Leicester have won three of those encounters, whilst Burton have a solitary win against the Foxes, coming in August 2012 in a League Cup second round fixture.
Leicester lead the Brewers 11-3 in terms of aggregate score, and with the East Midlands club scoring for fun recently, they could extend the margin.
Burton come into this fixture in relatively modest form; three wins from their previous six games, with seven goals scored and six conceded, constituting a respectable tally.
The Staffordshire side had to settle for a goalless draw in their last fixture against Blackpool, with neither team able to break the deadlock.
However ,with eight goals scored in their three Carabao Cup appearances this season, (including two against Bournemouth) don't expect the Brewers to misfire against Leicester on Tuesday night.
Following on from a 2-1 home victory against Sean Dyche's Burnley, Leicester equalled the Premier League's highest ever goals tally in a single game on Friday night, matching Manchester United's 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town in March 1995.
Leicester City are on ☁️9️⃣ pic.twitter.com/pY8fdxnBsw— Premier League (@premierleague) October 25, 2019
Here is how both teams have fared in their previous five fixtures.
|Burton 0-0 Blackpool (26/10)||Southampton 0-9 Leicester (25/10)|
|Burton 1-0 AFC Wimbledon (22/10)||Leicester 2-1 Burnley (19/10)|
|Fleetwood Town 4-1 Burton (19/10)||Liverpool 2-1 Leicester (05/10)|
|MK Dons 0-3 Burton (05/10)||Leicester 5-0 Newcastle (29/09)|
|Burton 1-2 Everton U-21 (01/10)||Leicester 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (21/09)|
Burton fans are watching their side play some attractive attacking football under the managerial guidance of Clough and should expect an entertaining encounter when both sides clash on Tuesday.
However, with Rodgers having adequate replacements in his ranks, one would think a Leicester win should be a formality. T
Prediction: Burton 1-3 Leicester
Source : 90min