The last time these sides met the doors were shut. This time they’re open and the club will be hoping discounted tickets will encourage enough fans to see what will be (depending how you count them) only the second or third meeting between Leicester City and Burton Albion.
The history between these two sides has been well covered in recent days, and you can still hear Ryan Murrant recall his experiences as a 7 year-old City fan at the Baseball Ground in this week’s Foxblogger Podcast.
But the match itself doesn’t look all that competitive. Burton’s 6-2 home win over AFC Wimbledon has been bookended by defeats by Rotherham United and Fleetwood Town. It’s been a par start for former Fox Gary Rowett’s team. Leicester are odds on to dispatch another League Two side and reach the Third Round for the third consecutive season.
Victory would be a welcome relief. Leicester haven’t lost three matches in a row since Paulo Sousa’s short spell in charge. They haven’t lost a League Cup tie at home to a side from a lower division since the days of Peter Taylor. That November evening at Filbert Street in 2000 it finished 3-0 to First Division Crystal Palace.
Burton’s penalty shootout win at Sheffield United in Round One was the club’s first in the competition. But they’ll do well to get a second, and even better to stop the Foxes scoring in their 25th consecutive League Cup match.
A good opportunity to get back to winning ways ought not to be wasted.