Match Preview: Rotherham Utd (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern quarter-final)

After five games in 15 days, City really could have used a week off. Instead at least six of Nigel Pearson’s regular starters will have to endure a cold and probably windy evening at Rotherham Utd’s adopted home.

Leicester are the bookies favourites to win the JPT this season. William Hill price City at 4/1 to lift the trophy in April.

Here are some quick match facts;

Rotherham dumped Leeds out of the competition in the last round to reach this stage. The 4-2 at Don Valley stadium has been the Millers’ only action in the competition thus far after they received a bye in the first round.

Despite the last meeting between these two sides occurring less than four years ago, only one player remains at either club from that day. Even this is stretching the facts somewhat. Paul Hurst, whilst still in the Rotherham squad, hasn’t played in a competitive fixture for Mark Robins’ side since March 2007.

Leicester haven’t lost at Rotherham for 28 years. They have clocked two wins and two draws since a league cup defeat in the 1979/80 season.

As mentioned earlier in the season, five of City’s last six cup exits have come as a result of last minute strikes. Southampton started the rot in 2006 with a 1-0 win at the Walkers in the 3rd Round of the 2005/06 FA Cup. Since then Aston Villa, Fulham (twice) and Chelsea have dumped Leicester out of cup competitions thanks to efforts in the dying seconds. Rotherham have scored four times in the last five minutes in all competitions this season.

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