Match Preview: Stockport County (League Cup First Round)

The indignity of playing in the League Cup First Round no longer seems quite as tragic now that City will be competing in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy this season. Pearson has promised changes to the side but surely it’s a bit too early to “concentrate on the League”. The crowd at the Walkers tonight, however small, will expect the team to progress.

Past Meetings
We have to go back to 1925 to find the last competitive fixture between these two sides. The meeting came in an Old Division Two fixture at Filbert Street and City finished 4-0 victors. Stockport recorded their last win over City at Filbert Street back in February 1920. A 2-0 win was the reward for the visitors that day.

For what it’s worth, the head-to-head totals are 15 wins for the Foxes, 13 wins for County and 8 draws. On two occasions Leicester have beaten Stockport by a 5-4 margin. You’ll probably get a very decent price at the bookies if you believe history might repeat itself.

Like Leicester, some of Stockport’s finest hours have been in the League Cup. In the 1996/97 campaign they knocked out Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and West Ham before finally succumbing to Middlesbrough in the semi-final. We all know the rest.

Reasons To Be Confident
Leicester have reached the Third Round of the League Cup in each of the last three seasons. The haven’t failed to progress to the Second Round since 1979 when Rotherham United were the undoing of the Foxes.

Stockport’s leading scorer from last season, Liam Dickinson, is now safely out of sight at Derby County. The Hatters second top scorer Anthony Elding signed for Leeds in the summer. County’s third top scorer last season, Adam Proudlock, has moved on to bigger and better things at Darlington. There really are big question marks over where Stockport’s goals will come from this season. The above trio were responsible for 46 last term.

Since their epic run in 1996/97, Stockport haven’t made it past the Second Round in this competition.

Reasons To Be Worried
As with MK Dons, Stockport took more points away from home than at Edgely Park last season. They took a very impressive 44 points on the road in League Two, losing just 5 times.

Stockport are very useful at converting draws into wins. 13 victories in 2007/08 came after the scores were level at half-time.

Leicester have failed to win two games in a row since April 2007.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 13/19 (
Draw – 11/4 (SkyBet)
Stockport – 9/2 (Betdirect)

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