Burton Albion vs Leicester CityEFL Cup, KO: 20:00 Aug 9, 2023, Pirelli Stadium
Leicester City begin their Carabao Cup campaign with a midweek trip to League One side Burton Albion. Both teams had contrasting fortunes on the opening weekend and with the Foxes boasting the superior quality over their hosts, they should claim the upper hand here.
Leicester City began life in the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Coventry City on opening weekend. They were made to come from behind to claim the win with a brace from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall earning them all three points.
The Foxes will now look to make it back-to-back wins early in the season as they turn their attention to the Carabao Cup. They have a decent record in the competition, progressing all the way to the quarter-finals last time around.
While Leicester City will be relying on their superior quality over League One side Burton Albion, their record on the road suggests things may not be particularly straightforward. Enzo Maresca’s men have claimed just one win in their last 11 away matches across all competitions, a run stretching back to last season.
In contrast to Leicester City’s victorious start to the campaign, Burton Albion suffered a 2-0 defeat to Blackpool in their opening League One fixture. They were second best for much of the encounter with their best chance falling to Josh Gordon, whose effort was deflected wide.
While it is still early days, that result appears ominous for Leicester City as it is an extension of some poor showings in recent times. Dino Maamria’s men have claimed just one win in their last 10 matches across all competitions and head into Wednesday’s clash with three straight defeats, failing to score in two matches in that run.
Things have been just as rough at home for Burton Albion, who have claimed only one win in their last five matches in front of their fans. Their last outing at the Pirelli Stadium was a preseason friendly with Stoke City which ended in a 1-0 defeat.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Leicester as clear favourites with a home win valued at 4/6 with 10bet. An unlikely win for Burton Albion is priced at 17/4 by bet365 while Paddy Power is offering odds of 10/3 for a draw.
Head to head
Leicester City have a 4-3 edge from seven previous meetings with Burton Albion. The Foxes are unbeaten on their last two visits to Pirelli Stadium, claiming a 3-1 victory in a Carabao Cup clash in 2019 before playing out a 0-0 draw in a friendly in 2021.
Players to watch
Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to be rested after starting Saturday’s Championship opener, which means Kelechi Iheanacho could feature on Wednesday. The Nigerian forward has a fine scoring record in cup competitions and could be backed to find the net at 6/4 with bet365.
With Burton Albion not particularly convincing going forward, Leicester City will be targeting a shutout on Wednesday. The likes of Callum Doyle and Timothy Castagne should feature at the back and can lead the foxes to a clean sheet at 2/1 with William Hill.
Anything else catch the eye?
With Leicester City expected to keep a clean sheet on Wednesday, a win to nil can be considered at 5/2 with Unibet. The Foxes also boast the superior attack, which means a -1 handicap could also be on the cards at 13/8 Paddy Power.
Leicester City are expected to be dominant at Pirelli Stadium and can be tipped to score in both halves at 6/5 with Unibet.
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