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Brentford vs Leicester: Predictions
After going unbeaten in their last six Premier League games — winning four and drawing two — Leicester have risen to third in the table, just two points adrift of leaders Manchester United and only behind Manchester City on goal difference.
During that run, the Foxes also beat Stoke City 4-0 to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be eager to keep things rolling on as he pursues his first piece of silverware as Leicester manager.
Standing in their way this weekend is Brentford who, despite losing key forwards Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma from their playoff final run last season, remain third in the Championship, just two points behind Swansea City in the final automatic promotion spot.
The Bees’ only defeat in their last 19 games across all competitions came in their EFL Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham earlier this month so confidence will be high, although you’d forgive them for pushing this match down their list of priorities, given what’s at stake in the league for them right now.
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Brentford vs Leicester: Match Stats
Leicester’s 2020/21 EPL defensive actions map: The Foxes have conceded the fifth-lowest number of goals in the EPL this season
Ayoze Perez has scored four goals in his last seven FA Cup appearances for Leicester and Newcastle combined, including in the Foxes’ third-round win over Stoke City.
Leicester have won four of their last five FA Cup ties while keeping a clean sheet and are enjoying a run of three straight shutouts in all competitions.
Brentford were only able to score one goal in their last two games against Premier League opposition, beating Newcastle 1-0 in the EFL Cup before losing 2-0 to Spurs in the semi-final.
Leicester won 1-0 the last time these two sides met — another FA Cup tie in January 2020.
25 January 2020 – Brentford 0-1 Leicester (FA Cup)
09 January 1993 – Brentford 1-3 Leicester (Championship)
19 September 1992 – Leicester 0-0 Brentford (Championship)
09 October 1984 – Brentford 0-2 Leicester (League Cup)
26 September 1984 – Leicester 4-2 Brentford (League Cup)
Leicester haven’t lost against Brentford since May 1953 in a run spanning seven games, with the Foxes winning six and drawing the other. This is the third consecutive January fixture between these two sides.