If 6-1 was a result no-one expected last week, it was the sort of scoreline that wouldn’t have shocked anyone had Burton Albion been on the reciving end in this season’s corresponding League Cup match.
As it happened, Burton thoroughly deserved their 4-2 win at the King Power Stadium. They return looking to become only the third side to knock Leicster City out of both major domestic cup competitions in the same season.
Back in 1965/66 the Foxes were dumped out of the League Cup in the Second Round with a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City. When the sides met again in the FA Cup Fifth Round the Foxes secured at 2-2 draw at Maine Road only to lose the replay 1-0 at Filbert Street.
Then in 1987/88 Leicester faced the club that had stayed in the top flight a season earlier at City’s expense thanks to a goalless draw between the two sides on the final day of the campaign. Oxford United won a League Cup Third Round replay 3-2 after another goalless meeting at the Manor Ground. Then at the same stage in the FA Cup the U’s ended Leicester’s interest in that competition.
If Burton become the third they will be the first fourth tier side to beat the Foxes in this competion since 1986. Bristol Rovers were the unlikely victors on that occasion.
But Leicester have something to prove, and it’s difficult to see how Burton can repeat the same trick in this match.
Leicester ought to be too strong for a side which has scored just nine away goals in League Two this season. Only Barnet have been tamer in front of goal at that level.
Burton might be bobbing in and out of the playoff positions, but this is a chance for the players who failed so miserably in August (eight of whom played some part in that game and Saturday’s 6-1 win over Ipswich) to put things right. They really ought to take it.