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Leicester were handed a phycological boost as they briefly touched the Premier League summit after downing Chelsea last time out.
It was their fourth win on the bounce, and the third successive game where they both kept a clean sheet and triumphed by at least two clear goals.
That includes a dominant 4-0 win away at top-half Championship outfit Stoke in the previous round of this competition, as things are looking pretty rosy for the Foxes.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are now W8-D2-L1 since early December, scoring at least twice on all but two occasions, while they registered clean sheets in six of those victories.
Even away from home they’ve won eight of 10 domestic trips this season, only suffering defeat at Anfield, as they scored at least twice in seven of these games.
They’ve coped admirably at the back as defensive absentees have plagued them all season, but strong recruitment has enabled them to weather the storm and deliver results.
The treatment table has cleared up now in any case, as only midfielders Dennis Praet and Nampalys Mendy are unavailable. Rodgers will likely hand rests to a couple of key players, but he should still field a strong line-up here and his bench will certainly have strong options.
Brentford sold Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma to Aston Villa and West Ham respectively this summer, but replacement striker Ivan Toney (who is miles ahead as their top scorer this season with 16 goals) is suspended for this fixture alongside midfielder Josh Dasilva.
Moreover, Swedish international and club captain Pontus Jansson is out injured at centre-back after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this month.
Leicester To Beat Brentford
Brentford have claimed a couple of Premier League scalps in recent times as Fulham and Newcastle were beaten in the League Cup this season, as were Southampton last term.
However, they’ve found life much harder when taking on top-end opponents. Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners in the 2018/19 League Cup, while in the FA Cup Chelsea thumped them 4-0 back in 2017 and Leicester themselves triumphed 1-0 at Griffin Park last term in this exact same round.
Multibet Exact Score (Leicester 1-0, 2-0, 2-1)
The Bees have a new home and have lost just once from 16 matches at the Brentford Community Stadium, winning each of the past five there.
In fact, home or away, they’ve lost just once in 19 appearances, although that was a 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham in the League Cup earlier this month, which was the only occasion where they faced a team of comparable quality to Leicester.
Still, they will threaten Leicester’s backline as that defeat is the only time where they’ve failed to score across their past nine, while they’ve drawn a blank in just two home games all season.
That puts us off from backing the away clean sheet, despite the Foxes winning without conceding in all four FA Cup ties with Championship teams since 2020 (Wigan, Brentford, Birmingham and Stoke).
They should have the tools to get the job done, but having scored more than twice in just two of their past 13 matches, the multibet exact score market appears to cover the likely outcomes.
Leicester To Beat Brentford At 8/11
0.5pts: Multibet Exact Score (Leicester 1-0, 2-0, 2-1) At 15/8
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