Leicester may have won the Premier League in the last decade but their most recent success came in the 2020/21 FA Cup, and Foxes fans will be hoping for another trip to Wembley in 2023. Their first opportunity comes in the EFL Cup, and the draw has been kind to them so far. In the second round, way back in August, Leicester were drawn against League Two side Stockport County but did need penalties to win after a goalless draw.
That victory over Stockport was Leicester’s first of the season, in the middle of a seven-match winless run in the Premier League which included six defeats. The Foxes looked to have ended their run with a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest, but Brendan Rodgers side went winless in their next too. Leicester are in good form now though, winning three of their past four games, only dropping points in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the end of October.
Newport, meanwhile, will be hoping to add another victory over a team from a higher league in the EFL Cup this season. Entering at the first round, the League Two side beat Luton Town of the Championship 3-2 away from home, twice coming from behind before James Waite won it. Then they beat League One’s Portsmouth in the exact same fashion in the second round, twice coming from behind before Waite won it.
After beating Portsmouth, Newport did suffer a poor run of form across all competitions, losing seven of their nine matches from the start of September. But the League Two side do go into this game unbeaten in their past five including a 2-0 win over Colchester United in the first round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
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Leicester vs Newport match stats
Kelechi Iheanacho doesn’t get many opportunities for Leicester nowadays but the Nigerian is aways given a chance in the cup competitions, where he thrives. In 35 games for Leicester in the EFL Cup and FA Cup, Iheanacho has scored 18 goals.
At the other end of the pitch, Leicester have been growing defensively – having previously had the worst defensive record in the Premier League. The Foxes have conceded just one goal in their past five matches, Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick in their 1-0 defeat to Man City.
15 March 1947 – Leicester 3-0 Newport – Division Two
9 November 1946 – Newport 2-3 Leicester – Division Two
15 January 1920 – Leicester 2-0 Newport – FA Cup
10 January 1920 – Newport 0-0 Leicester – FA Cup
This will be just the sixth meeting between Leicester and Newport, with three of the previous five also coming in cup competitions. Last time these two sides met, Newport shocked the Premier League side with a 2-1 win in the third round of the FA Cup, their first ever victory over Leicester.