Steve McClaren’s Rams battled back from a goal down to lead 2-1 and looked set to send the defending Premier League champions crashing out of the competition when the two teams locked horns at iPro Stadium in the original tie at the end of last month, but Wes Morgan’s thumping late header ensured that the Foxes lived to fight another day.
With home advantage for Wednesday’s replay, Claudio Ranieri’s charges are chalked up as Paddy Power’s 10/11 (1.91) favourites to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup inside 90 minutes.
Derby can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) to set up a tie against League One side Millwall in the next round with a win in this one, while Paddy Power offer 23/10 (3.30) that this match remains all square at the end of normal time.
Leicester have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions – with the Foxes’ latest setback coming in a chastening 3-0 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon – but the Premier League side will be heartened by their home record in this competition, for Leicester have lost just two of their last 12 FA Cup ties on home turf.
Derby’s record on the road has been patchy since the turn of the year, but the Rams have lost just one of their last seven away ties in this competition and McClaren’s men will certainly feel that they are capable of causing an upset at King Power Stadium.
Leicester face a fight for Premier League survival, while Derby are hoping to push into the Championship promotion play-offs so this Cup clash may not be the primary priority for either side, but there was plenty of passion on show in the original tie between the teams and more of the same can be expected when the rivalry is renewed.
Derby have managed just one clean sheet in seven matches, while the Foxes have shipped 12 goals in their last five games; with both defences far from watertight, Paddy Power’s 11/10 (2.10) quote for at least three goals to be scored when Leicester City play host to Derby County in this FA Cup fourth round replay offers excellent value to punters.
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