Leicester’s best results this season have come in the Carabao Cup and they can extend their encouraging run by reaching the quarter-finals at the expense of Leeds.
Surprisingly, given a tough start to the season in terms of fixtures, Craig Shakespeare was sacked as Leicester manager after their 1-1 home draw with West Brom, but perhaps we should not be too shocked after the way the club’s Thai owners dispensed with title-winner Claudio Ranieri.
It looks as though Michael Appleton, who was recruited this summer to be Shakespeare’s assistant, will be in charge for this tie, as he was for the trip to Swansea on Saturday, although who gets the permanent position was unknown at the time of writing.
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, now managing in China, was the subject of a gamble on Friday afternoon, and he would appear to be a good choice considering Leicester are reported to want a “big name” after the continuity appointment of Shakespeare did not work out.
Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City during a pre-season friendly match (Getty Images)
The Foxes have enjoyed two excellent victories in the League Cup this term, 4-1 away to a Sheffield United side with the best Championship home record, and 2-0 against Liverpool for a further indication that they mean business in this competition.
Leeds, meanwhile, enjoyed emphatic home wins against League Two opponents Port Vale and Newport and got through on penalties away to Burnley in a tie that contained three goals during the 89th minute and stoppage time of the normal 90 and then no more in the extra half-hour.
Since then, the Whites have suffered three straight league defeats before travelling to much-improved Bristol City on Saturday and we expect this to be another loss for the Yorkshire side in a match that should feature a few goals judging by these teams’ previous League Cup results.