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Match Preview: Brentford vs Leicester City

All the info ahead of tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie

23 January 2021

The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round takes centre stage this weekend as we welcome Leicester City to the Brentford Community Stadium. It's a repeat of last year's Last 32 tie which The Foxes won 1-0. Below you will find all the info ahead of tomorrow's game.

THE OPPOSITION

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When Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016 it was heralded as one of the biggest shocks in football history. Now nobody bats an eyelid to see their name mentioned in a title race as they continue to establish themselves among the English football elite under Brendan Rodgers. 

The Foxes head to TW8 tomorrow third in the top flight, two points behind leaders Manchester United, and are unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions. They also topped their Europa League group to set up a Last 32 tie against Slavia Praha next month.

Only Liverpool (37) and Manchester United (36) have scored more league goals than The Foxes (35) while their 21 goals conceded is the fifth-best record in the division. 

Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to bring silverware to the King Power Stadium as, for all their impressive play, that 2016 title remains their only trophy since 2000. They've reached the Last Eight of the FA Cup twice in the last three years, to go with an EFL Cup Semi-Final last season, but will be looking to go further this time round. 

TEAM NEWS

Ivan Toney and Josh Dasilva are both suspended while Pontus Jansson (ankle), Christian Norgaard (ankle), and Shandon Baptiste (knee) are all sidelined. 

Leicester City made only two changes from their regular Premier League side against Stoke City in Round Three but are likely to rotate more this time round with Everton up in the Premier League on Wednesday. The big news is that Jamie Vardy is out with a hernia; Kelechi Iheanacho and Ayoze Perez are in contention to replace him while Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu are also both expected to start. 

Elsewhere, Dennis Praet remains out as is Wes Morgan but Papy Mendy, who missed the win over Chelsea in midweek with a neck strain, is expected to be fit.

THE MANAGER

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Brendan Rodgers, who turns 48 on Tuesday, did not have a playing career to speak of because of a knee condition but was on the books at Reading before having to give up the game at the age of 20. He moved in to coaching and has made his name off the pitch. He started his full-time coaching career - after travelling around Spain to learn from some of the best in the game - at Chelsea and progressed to Reserve Team Manager before leaving for Watford in 2008. He spent only seven months in Hertfordshire before a move to Reading but he was sacked after six months.

Rodgers then moved to Swansea and his career took off. He took them into the Premier League in his first season and kept them up before moving to Liverpool in 2012. The Reds were in position to win the Premier League in 2013/14 but faltered at the last and Manchester City took the title. Rodgers ended up leaving in late 2015 and moved to Celtic the following summer, where he reignited his career, winning every domestic trophy he competed in as Celtic went on to complete a third treble in a row following his departure in February 2019.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Michael Oliver takes charge of us tomorrow

🆚 Jordan Blackwell of Leicestershire Live previews tomorrow's game

SAMAN GHODDOS INTERVIEW

LAST TIME OUT

HOW TO FOLLOW

Sunday's game is exclusively live on BT Sport One. 

You will not be able to watch live on iFollow Brentford but there will be live commentary from the Brentford Community Stadium with Mark Burridge and the team. 

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