Hull City v Leicester City

Championship club Hull City face a difficult task when they welcome in-form Leicester City to the KC Stadium in the League Cup on Tuesday.

The Foxes have been mightily impressive this season under new boss Claudio Ranieri and occupy fifth place in the top-flight standings with 19 points from their opening 10 games and are only three points behind table-topping Manchester City.

Leicester's only defeat so far this season was a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal at the end of September, but it did highlight their weakness in defence against a determined attacking force.

In fact, a leaky defence has been a common theme for Leicester this season and Ranieri has even tried to bribe his players with free pizza in exchange for clean sheets.

The Premier League side's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend was the first clean sheet they've managed to keep since May and that will definitely be something Hull will look to exploit.

Manager Steve Bruce has already identified striker Abel Hernandez as the man who could help the Tigers to a surprise win and a place in the League Cup quarter-final.

The Uruguayan forward has contributed seven goals in 12 games already this season, helping the club to second place in the Championship.

However, Leicester have a not-so-secret striking weapon of their own in Englishman Jamie Vardy, whose goal against Palace was the seventh match in a row he has been on the score sheet, a record that puts him alongside the likes of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.

Matthew James is off his crutches and reportedly back in the gym working on his knee strength, but is unlikely to make his return for the Foxes until early next year. Leonardo Ulloa is in line for a return from his hip injury, but faces a late fitness test.

Curtis Davies remains Hulls' only major injury concern and Alex Bruce is expected to continue in deputising in central defence.

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