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Brentford v Leicester City: FA Cup preview, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By J Smith

Brentford v Leicester City: FA Cup preview, predictions & team news

Published: 12:15, 25 January 2020

High-flying Leicester City travel to Championship side Brentford on Saturday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

After a slight wobble, which saw them lose back-to-back games against Southampton and Burnley, the Foxes recovered to crush West Ham United 4-1 last time out. Brendan Rodgers will be looking for another win as his side goes in search of silverware.

More than just a banana skin, Brentford present a legitimate test for Leicester, with the Bees currently enjoying a run of just one defeat in their last nine games across all competitions.

Can Leicester take another step toward Wembley or will they suffer at shock at the hands of their Championship opposition? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Brentford vs Leicester City and where can I watch live?

Competition: FA Cup fourth round

Venue: Griffin Park

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020

Kick-off: 12:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BBC One, BBC One HD and online via the BBC website

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Last five meetings: Brentford vs Leicester City

09 Jan 1993Brentford 1-3 Leicester City (League Division One)

19 Sep 1992Leicester City 0-0 Brentford (League Division One)

09 Oct 1984Brentford 0-2 Leicester City (League Cup)

26 Sep 1984Leicester City 4-2 Brentford (League Cup)

24 Apr 1954Brentford 1-3 Leicester City (League Division Two)

Aggregate Score: Brentford (LDLLL) 4-12 Leicester City (WDWWW)

Ones to watch

Brentford: Ollie Watkins

Brentford’s Ollie Watkins celebrates scoring his side’s third goal of the game

No player has scored more Championship goals than Ollie Watkins (18) this season and while Thomas Frank will be wary of Brentford’s game against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, he will surely field his dangerman from the start here.

The 24-year-old is excellent on the break, effective in linking up Brentford attacks and lethal in front of goal. An overly rotated Leicester defence could really feel the pinch against Watkins.

Key stat: Watkins is tied with Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Championship’s top scorer this season with 18 goals.

Leicester City: Kelechi Iheanacho

It’s been a tough ride at Leicester for Kelechi Iheanacho so far, with the former Man City striker really struggling to supplant Jamie Vardy.

However, with the former England international now sidelined, Iheanacho has a real chance to show Rodgers just what he can do. The Nigeria international has been directly involved in nine goals across just 11 appearances so far this season, scoring six and assisting three.

Key stat: Iheanacho has scored in each of his three domestic cup appearances so far this season.

Team news


Frank will see this as a great challenge for his Brentford side, so is unlikely to tinker too much with his starting XI.

Emiliano Marcondes scored the winner against Stoke in the previous round and could start here, though Nikolaos Karelis and Marcus Forss remain sidelined.

Confirmed XI: Daniels; Roerslev, Racic, Jeanvier, Thompson; Marcondes, Yearwood, Mokotjo; Žambůrek, Dervişoğlu, Valencia.

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Leicester City

Rodgers has played down fears regarding the injury sustained by Jamie Vardy against West Ham but, still, there seems little to no chance he would risk him in this one.

With the race to make the Premier League top four hotting up, Rodgers may be tempted to shuffle his pack, bringing in the likes of Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic, resting Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü.

Wilfred Ndidi and Matty James are both sidelined.

Confirmed XI: Ward; Justin, Morgan, Söyüncü, Fuchs; Praet, Choudhury; Gray, Pérez, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

Squawka prediction

Leicester head to Griffin Park as big favourites but know they’re facing a side full of confidence right now. If Rodgers rotates too heavily, or his players take their eyes off the prize, they could be stung by the Bees.

Expect an exciting, close match in front of a lively crowd, with the Foxes just about edging it.

Scoreline prediction: Brentford 1-2 Leicester City