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Leicester City to Face Brentford in Fourth Round of FA Cup

Get your Oprah gifs ready for this one.

Brentford FC v Leicester City - FA Cup Fourth Round
The tin foil cup replica: As close as either of these sides have ever been to winning it.
Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Leicester City have drawn Brentford as their next opponent in the FA Cup. The Foxes will travel to West London to square off against the Bees at the new Brentford Community Stadium the weekend of 23 January.

Who are these Bees?

Thomas Frank’s Brentford currently sit 4th on the League Championship table. They’ve picked up where they left off last year despite losing talismanic winger Said Benrahma. This year, striker Ivan Toney has carried the team on his back with 16 goals and 4 assists in 22 starts.

I know I’ve said it before, but this is a proper insect badge for a football club, unlike a certain club who are called the Hornets when Wasps would be more appropriate and alliterative and for some reason they have a moose on their badge. Yes, I am beating this dead horse again.

How do they like to play?

Brentford prefer a narrow 4-3-3 formation and are comfortable playing the ball from the back. They’re perfectly content to let their opponents hold on to the ball and then strike on the counter. They’ve struggled to defend the wings and are vulnerable to James Maddison-esque strikes from distance.

Brentford v Reading - Sky Bet Championship
Ivan Toney, shown know what, I have no idea what he’s doing. Can’t even guess. I was going to do a bit about him reading a racy limerick but it still wasn’t weird enough for this image.
Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images

What is the history between these two clubs?

Leicester have faced Brentford 28 times in all competitions, winning 12, drawing 10, and losing 6. The Bees haven’t won against City since a 3-2 victory in Division 2 in 1953. The last time these two sides faced off was almost a year ago in this same competition. The Foxes took the honors at the old Griffin Park thanks to an early Kelechi Iheanacho goal.

Brentford FC v Leicester City - FA Cup Fourth Round
Not going to lie: I miss grounds like Griffin Park.
Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

Who’s next if we win?

Normally, the answer would be “Who knows?” but the 5th round draw took place right after this one. If we get past Brentford, we will square off against either Blackpool or Brighton and Hove Albion in a midweek match in February. Don’t get ahead of yourself, though. Brentford are a solid side and this should be an entertaining match.