An indifferent start to the season saw Craig Shakespeare’s reign as Leicester City boss come to an end last week. However, if the players were disappointed at the sacking of their popular manager, they didn’t show it on Saturday. An accomplished performance saw them earn a 2-1 victory at Swansea, and the score line did not flatter them.
Next up, they face a stern test against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup. The Yorkshire side are flying high in the Championship this term, currently sitting fourth in the table.
It will be interesting to see who lines up for the Foxes at the King Power on Tuesday night. Caretaker manager Michael Appleton might be tempted to give a start to electric young winger Demarai Gray, who tends to be overlooked for the consistent Marc Albrighton and the mercurial Riyad Mahrez. Gray has some previous in cup ties against lower league opposition, scoring with a brilliant individual effort against Derby last season.
Leicester have a lot of depth up front as well, and Islam Slimani could be one to watch in this fixture. He was the star in their previous victory in this competition, netting with a rasping drive as his side went on to beat Liverpool 2-0.
Whoever starts up front might have been expecting to come up against the highly-rated Leeds centre-back Pontus Jansson, but his recent poor form saw him axed by manager, Thomas Christiansen, for their away trip to Bristol City on Saturday.
After an excellent 3-0 victory in that game, Christiansen might be tempted to retain most of his team for this fixture. This could mean another start for deputy centre-back Matthew Pennington, who is unlikely to be fazed by the occasion, with an appearance in the Merseyside derby on his CV.
A couple of key players will be missing from the Leeds ranks however. Midfielder Stuart Dallas will sadly be absent on Tuesday due to the death of his mother and Swiss full-back Gaetano Berardi will be suspended due to his red card for violent conduct at the weekend.
The odds of a Leicester victory may well depend on Appleton’s starting line-up. Furthermore, Leeds are an exciting team, and if the likes of Samuel Saiz, their Spanish striker who bagged a brace at the weekend, show what they are capable of, Leeds could well find themselves in the Quarter Final draw on Wednesday evening.