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Brentford vs. Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
23 January 2020
Saturday 25 January
Griffin Park – FA Cup
Leicester have hit a rough patch of late and could welcome a break from the Premier League when they travel to Brentford in the FA Cup. The Bees are on top form and are fighting for promotion from the Championship this term and might surprise The Foxes.
These two sides have only met four times throughout history and it’s not recent. Leicester have never won against Brentford, who apparently were the better side of the two in the 1930’s. Their last game came at Griffin Park in 1939, when The Bees claimed a 2-0 win at home. The home side can boast a 2-2-0 against high-flying Leicester, but it could all change this weekend.
Brentford will have to cope without 20-year-old Marcus Forss, who is currently out with a hamstring injury and have been without Nikolas Karelis since October last year. Ellery Balcombe will have to sit out because of a suspension.
Brendan Rodgers should have a full squad against the Bees on Saturday, but the former Celtic boss could still choose to rotate his squad to have a look at his fringe players during a tough period for the visitors.
Brentford vs. Leicester City Preview and Predictions
The first match between the two teams post war will come this weekend, believe it or not. Leicester were flying high under Brendan Rodgers reign in 2019, but after the New Year’s Eve it has stalled a bit at the King Power Stadium. They could catch their breath in the FA Cup against a team from the second tier this weekend, but Brentford aren’t as tame as they have previously been.
Leicester are facing a squad that are pushing for promotion to the top division and are currently fourth in the Championship. They have never won against the Bees and if you think Brentford may get another win against the Foxes, it may be backed at 4.05 this Saturday.
Brentford arrive at this weekend’s match on fantastic form and are currently five points off Leeds on automatic promotion. They are hoping to prolong their run in the FA Cup and may be backed at 4.00 to push through an appointment at the King Power Stadium at a later date.
Leicester’s form is not quite like Brentford’s unbeaten in four as they have started 2020 on the wrong foot. The League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa has been complicated by a 1-1 draw at home and since that match, they have lost to Southampton and Burnley, two teams in the bottom half of the Premier League.
Now, they might have a look at some fringe players or could let their best XI have a run-out against a team from the lower leagues. Leicester may be backed at 1.86 to win the game and are clear favourites, as they lie third in the top division. But they lately received a wake-up call by slipping six points behind Manchester City in only a few weeks.
The match at Griffin Park could be a reminder of what used to be until recently, as they went from the third tier to the Premier League between 2008 and 2015.
Leicester to win to nil at 3.00
Jamie Vardy and co should be on top of this and prove that they aren’t a fluke this time either. They will have to take care of Brentford in a convincing way and to keep a clean sheet is almost expected.
Total amount of goals Over 2.5 at 1.90
Both teams have been involved in some high scoring games this term and even if Brentford might not score against Leicester, the away side is known for going all-in when they first attack. Only three out of Leicester’s 10 last games have ended in two goals, but not less.