This tie was not exactly a highlight when the Fourth Round draw was made three weeks ago. The chances are it won’t feature highly in ITVs running order come Saturday night. And despite these sides being in the same division it really would be an upset if managerless Huddersfield made it to the Fifth Round.
Until last weekend no Championship side this season had gone a dozen league games without a win. Then Simon Grayson’s men capitulated at Watford to secure the unwanted record of the division’s longest winless run. The last time the Terriers had a run this bad in the Championship they were relegated. With that threat becoming ever more realistic, Grayson has been shown the door.
Heads have really dropped since what now looks like a false start. Huddersfield have been hopeless recently – as Leicester fans know only too well. Their Third Round win at Charlton was the Terriers only victory in any competition since November.
At home it’s even worse. Season ticket holders at the John Smith’s Stadium haven’t seen their side win any of their last seven outings. Every other Championship side has won at least once at home during that time. And teams that start well against the Terriers know their opponents have yet to win this season after falling behind.
These two sides have never met in the FA Cup. Huddersfield are looking to reach the Fifth Round for the first time since 2008. Back then they were knocked out by Chelsea – the sort of juicy opposition Leicester will hope to draw the FA Cup for the third time in as many seasons should they make it through.
City are favourites to record a sixth straight win. Since Boxing Day the Foxes have scored 14 and conceded only once. But it’s worth pointing out their only other meeting with a caretaker boss this season ended with defeat against Crystal Palace.
Nevertheless, if we hear Nigel Pearson talking about concentrating on the league tomorrow evening, something will have gone badly wrong.