The Sky Sports cameras head to the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday evening hoping for an EFL Cup first-round shock when Burton Albion host three-time League Cup winners Leicester City in a 20:00 kick-off.

The Foxes made it to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup last season and will be out to build on the momentum gained by their come-from-behind win over Coventry City on the opening weekend of the new Championship season.

Burton are 4/1 to pull off the upset, but having turned over some of the best teams League One has to offer on home soil last season, the Brewers aren’t without hope and can give a good account of themselves. 

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Leicester’s main focus this season is returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, a quest that got off to a strong start with a 2-1 win over last season’s beaten play-off finalists Coventry last weekend.

A brace from Kieran Dewsbury-Hall gave new Foxes boss Enzo Maresca his first win in charge in a back-and-forth encounter in which Leicester registered 20 shots on target.

Leicester may have lost Harvey Barnes and James Maddison this summer, but they still possess an impressive array of attacking options with new signing Stephy Mavididi catching the eye against the Sky Blues.

Mavididi, Jamie Vardy and others may be given the night off at Burton as Maresca rotates his squad, but the Italian can still field a more than capable side with the likes of Marc Albrighton, Dennis Praet and Kelechi Iheanacho having started on the bench at the weekend.

But it’s not all sunshine and roses for a Leicester side priced at 8/13 to win Wednesday’s first-round tie having shown signs of teething issues when it comes to adapting to Maresca’s very specific style.

The defensive issues that dragged them down last season remain too with Sunday’s opponents Coventry having registered 20 shots and scored from a set piece – Leicester’s Achilles heel in the last campaign.

Leicester’s defence will need to be on its guard against Burton, who added the prolific Cole Stockton to their ranks during the summer.

Mason Bennett and Rekeem Harper have also moved to the Pirelli Stadium, two noteworthy additions who should help keep Burton out of the clutches of a relegation fight in the third tier.

Dino Maamria’s new-look Brewers team lost 2-0 at Blackpool in their League One opener, but will expect to give a better account of themselves at home, where they often raised their game last season.

Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth, Barnsley and Bolton – four of League One’s top six last season – all failed to win at Burton, who have lost just two of their last 17 league games at home.

Burton only failed to score in eight in 23 home matches in League One last season, while their last five League Cup ties – including a 3-1 home defeat to Leicester in 2019 – have seen both sides find the net.

A record of four first-round exits in the last five years suggests Burton will struggle to pull off the upset, but they can trouble a leaky City backline and bag a consolation goal in a Foxes’ win.

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