This looks like it has the potential to be one of the more intriguing FA Cup games of the weekend, as Brendan Rodgers takes his high-flying Leicester City side into London to take on Championship promotion hopefuls, Brentford.
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This is an exact replay of last year’s fourth round tie, with Leicester running out 1-0 victors thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s 4th minute goal, in what was to be the final FA Cup game ever at Griffin Park.
It was a fairly even game and Brentford could probably consider themselves unlucky not to have at least forced a replay with their Premier League opponents.
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Now in their shiny new stadium, Thomas Frank’s side are once again occupying one of the positions towards the top of the second tier as they aim to make it back to the top tier of English football for the first time in 74 years.
It leaves me wondering whether they have more to be focusing on than the FA Cup, and their recent history in the competition indicates that it really isn’t their priority. The Bees have failed to make it to the 5th round in 13 of the last 14 years and even the season they did make it was a struggle – in the fourth round that year, they were taken to a replay by National League side Barnet before being soundly beaten by fellow Championship side Swansea City.
Leicester are probably on the complete opposite end of the scale in that sense. In the last three years, they’ve made it to the quarter finals of the domestic cups on five separate occasions – and appeared in the semi-finals twice.
The Foxes come into this game riding a seven-match unbeaten streak, and have lost just one of their 10 domestic away matches so far this season – and that was at Anfield.
In fact Brendan Rodgers’ side have won eight of those games, scoring 23 times and conceding just five in those victories. That stout defense has been built in the absence of several starters for most of the year, and is a testament to the way they are coached.
The same can be said for Brentford who have one of the division’s best defences, allowing just 0.91 goals per game.
With that in mind, you’ve got to expect a close game at the Brentford Community Stadium. With nothing else really jumping out to me, I’ll be taking Under 2.5 Goals at 17/16 with SBK.