There was understandable disappointment when Leicester didn’t land themselves a glamour Fifth Round FA Cup tie after dispatching Swindon in Round Four. In fact, such is the general lack of neutural interest in this game the Foxes are involved in one of only three ties in the round not to be televised. It is actually two of eight if you count Everton v Blackpool which, of the games still kicking-off at the tradition time, will be broadcast to viewers outside the UK.
Nevertheless, City have been underdogs in an unglamorous tie before. Back in 2005 Leicester’s trip to Charlton was not seen fit for live broadcast either. But City’s shock 2-1 win at the Valley, thanks to a 90th minute winner from Dion Dublin, turned out to be the cupset of the weekend.
That day the Addicks lay 8th in the Premier League table. Meanwhile Leicester’s season was meandering aimlessly towards mid-table obscurity despite the Foxes being labeled pre-season favourites for promotion.
Today Norwich lie 8th in the Premier League table, and Leicester are heading for mid-table obscurity despite being labeled…
So could an unlikely away win be on the cards? Leicester’s last win at Norwich came as a result of Emile Heskey’s first career goal back in 1995. But City have been upsetting the history books with some away wins this season. The Foxes have taken three points for the first time at St Mary’s and the Richo Arena, and wins at Turf Moor haven’t exactly been regular features of Leicester campaigns in recent years either.
City have seen off Norwich on four successive occasions in this competition. The last FA Cup meeting between the two sides in 1997 finished 2-1 to the Foxes. Gary Parker settled the match with a second half penalty after both sides had been reduced to ten men before the break.
When it comes to history, one doubts Jermaine Beckford spends much time thinking about Dion Dublin or Gary Parker. But with 14 goals in 14 FA Cup appearances perhaps he offers Leicester’s best hope of progressing to the Quarter-Finals for the first time in seven years.