Martin Jol's men are in need of a morale-boosting win after a lacklustre display at the weekend, and Al Hain-Cole expects their quality in the final third to come to the fore
The Foxes have won seven consecutive matches on home turf and are 6/5 (2.20) favourites with William Hill to come out on top against their Premier League opponents.
Martin Jol’s men followed up their eye-catching 4-1 win over Crystal Palace with a meek defeat against Southampton on Saturday and are available at 21/10 (3.10) to bounce back with a victory here.
The sides played out a 2-2 draw the last time they met on this ground in an FA Cup tie five years ago, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them forcing extra-time with a stalemate once again this time out.
With only seven places separating these opponents in the football ladder, this tie is far from the type of David versus Goliath affair that has neutrals tuning in hoping for a giant killing, as underlined by the hosts’ tag as favourites with the bookies.
In fact, considering the teams’ respective plights so far this campaign, it could easily be argued that this game is more important to the visitors than the hosts.
After leading his side to second in the Championship table with just two defeats all season, Nigel Pearson has admitted he will take the opportunity to rotate his squad for tonight’s match, whereas Jol is in need of a convincing performance in order to banish those beginning to doubt his future at Craven Cottage.
Although the 4-1 victory over a poor Palace side only really papered over the cracks for the Cottagers, it did underline the quality Jol can call upon in attack, where the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Bryan Ruiz and Darren Bent blend creativity with potency.
Having fielded strong lineups in this competition so far, Fulham are likely to come out all guns blazing against an under-strength Leicester side, and should have too much for a defence with just one clean sheets in their last 12.
With this in mind, odds of 29/20 (2.45) offer excellent value on the determined visitors striking at least twice, as they have in both of their Capital One Cup games so far this campaign.
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