Brentford won’t lose sleep should they fall to Leicester in FA Cup


rentford have already enjoyed one historic cup run this season. Whisper it, but they could probably do without another.

Thomas Frank’s men reached the first major semi-final in the club’s history before losing to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup two weeks ago, a run which coincided with and perhaps even inspired an upturn in League form that has yet to cease.

Following the midweek win over Luton, the Bees are unbeaten in 16 in the Championship and bang in the midst of another automatic promotion race.

But as they prepare to host Leicester on Sunday in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup fourth-round tie, the idea that a similarly lengthy cup run could be conducive to promotion hopes seems doubtful. 

The Covid-19 outbreak at the club earlier this month has left Brentford playing catch-up in terms of League fixtures, with games against Reading and Bristol City postponed and rearranged for next month.

As a result, the Luton game on Wednesday marked the start of a run of seven straight weeks of double midweek-weekend fixtures, which would likely extend to eight should they reach the fifth round.

Given how no Championship side played more games after the restart last season, and that the bulk of this squad had just four weeks between the end of that campaign and the start of this one, it is a workload which Frank must already be fearing could tell in the promotion run-in.

With that in mind, the Dane is likely to field a heavily-rotated side and can at least take comfort in the fact that star forward Ivan Toney will serve a one-match ban for his red card in a game he is unlikely to have started anyway.

Such weakened sides saw off four Premier League outfits in the Carabao Cup before a first XI came up short at Spurs, and if they add a fifth top-flight scalp of the season here, then Frank will not exactly be complaining.

But in this season of all seasons — and with a semi-final already in his back pocket — there will be little sleep lost should Leicester prevail.

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