In desperate need of a bounce after enduring what has been a sluggish rut over the past month, Leicester will welcome Championship outfit Birmingham to the King Power on Wednesday night with a spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs.
Missing out on a golden opportunity away at Carrow Road on Friday night and hit with a shock 1-0 defeat against relegation scrappers Norwich, the Foxes have failed to win any of their last five matches across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Birmingham may have only managed to grab a point off of QPR over the weekend and drawn their last four matches on the bounce, Wednesday’s guests have made a string of improvements since opening the New Year.
However, while the Championship outfit might be in the midst of a stunning 13-match unbeaten run, Birmingham do hold a worrying record against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Hit with back-to-back defeats when the two sides last met in 2014, you might be interested to know that a Leicester win can be found priced at 1/3 with Paddy Power for Wednesday night.
The toothless Foxes
While Leicester might still find themselves holding a commanding buffer in the Champions League spots, Brendan Rodgers’ youthful squad do find themselves in the midst of an extended rut.
Hit with a 1-0 defeat away at rock-bottom Norwich on Friday night, the Foxes have failed to win any of their last five matches across all formats, their worst run since February 2019.
With leading marksman Jamie Vardy not included in the matchday squad to East Anglia and enduring his worst goal drought in over three years, it is no surprise that a huge part of Leicester’s recent issues has come down to some problems in the final third.
Not recording a shot on target against Norwich until the 58th minute, the former Celtic boss has seen his side fail to record a single goal in each of their last three matches on the bounce.
Expected to hand the likes of Demarai Gray a rare start in midweek, you might be interested to know that the struggling Foxes can be found priced at 4/5 with Ladbrokes to score under 2.5 goals on Wednesday night.
Scott Hogan’s purple patch continues
Although Birmingham might have been the first to admit that their four consecutive draws may have brought an end to their outside play-off chances, Pep Clotet’s men do find the mood in their camp at a continued high.
Enjoying an unbeaten run that stems back to New Year’s Day and with a growing reputation for their performances in the final third, there is no doubt that fans around St. Andrew’s will be most impressed with the immediate impact of January arrival, Scott Hogan.
Making the move from cross-town rivals Aston Villa on a loan deal for the rest of the season, the Ireland international once again bagged a brace at Loftus Road over the weekend and is one of the Championship’s in-form marksmen.
In his seven matchups for Clotet’s side since making his Deadline Day move, Hogan has recorded six goals and will certainly lead the line at the King Power on Wednesday night.
Enjoying his brightest run in recent memory, you might be interested to know that the 27-year-old can be found priced at 10/3 with William Hill to extend on his tally in midweek.