League Cup Preview: Leicester City v Fulham
By Football News
Fulham will look to get back to winning ways when they visit Championship outfit Leicester City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Martin Jol's side had secured back-to-back Premier League victories over Stoke City and Crystal Palace prior to the weekend after an indifferent start to the season that has seen the Dutchman quizzed on his future as manager.
But Fulham's recent upturn in form was swiftly curtailed on Saturday as they were overrun by Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton side in a 2-0 loss at the St Mary's Stadium. Both goals came in the first half courtesy of England international Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.
Jol's men will look for a confidence boost when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Nigel Pearson's outfit.
Fulham have seen off challenges from Burton Albion and Everton to reach round four - although they required penalties to beat the former - and will hope to continue their progress against the East Midlands side.
Centre-back Brede Hangeland is a fitness concern for Jol ahead of the tie as he missed the loss to Southampton with a leg injury.
Fulham face a daunting task against a Leicester side that occupy second spot in the Championship table after a superb run of form.
Leicester have lost just one of their last eight league fixtures, winning six of those games.
The three-time League Cup winners have been particularly impressive at the King Power Stadium, winning six and drawing one of their home Championship fixtures on home turf this term.
Leicester's latest success came in a 2-1 victory over 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday as strikes from David Nugent and Jamie Vardy sandwiched Marc Pugh's effort.
Pearson's charges have seen off Wycombe Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlisle United to get this far.