Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough believes Leicester City will make at least five changes to the side that smashed Southampton 9-0 in their last Premier League outing.
The Brewers come up against a Foxes team that couldn’t be more confident and in better from if they tried after they ran riot on Friday.
Burton, though, do have a history of giant killing in this competition; the side beat one Premier League team and three Championship sides in their progress to the semi-finals of the competition last season and have already bettered one top-flight outfit this season in the form of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in the previous round.
And, Clough believes that Brendan Rodgers will rotate, suggesting that the prospect of challenging for Champions League football may come under consideration when it comes to picking a side to take on his Brewers.
“Because of the previous round and, maybe, last season, he might only change five or six, I don’t know,” said Clough, speaking to Derbyshire Live.
“I think with the draw as it is, with some of the big four playing each other, if Leicester get the right draw, they will think they can get to the final. I think that would guarantee them a European place if the other finalists are in the Champions League.
“And yet, because of the start they’ve had, Leicester are fighting for the Champions League as well. They are one of the most in-form teams in the country at the moment, scoring goals and playing great football, so it will have to be something extra special to get us through.
No matter what side Leicester put out, they are going to start as heavy favourites and it will be a very tough evening for Burton.
Clough will know that but they won’t be fearing the Foxes considering how they have performed against better teams in the past 18 months.
With no European football, I do expect Rodgers to take this seriously and it’s hard to see beyond an away win though.
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