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Match Preview | Leicester City (H)

28 August 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Leicester City (H)

28 August 2023

Cup football returns to Prenton Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm) as Tranmere host former Premier League champions Leicester City in the Carabao Cup second round.

Rovers beat Barnsley 7-6 on penalties at the previous stage, after a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Oakwell. However, they come into this match off the back of league defeats to Salford City and Notts County. 

The Foxes were relegated to the Championship last season but find themselves top of the table after four straight wins. They beat Burton Albion 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium in Round One, with goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi. 

The two clubs famously met in the final of this competition in 2000, where Leicester emerged 2-1 victors at Wembley Stadium.


Team news: 

Joe Murphy started in goal against Barnsley and may wear the gloves again in this round. The 42-year-old played against the Foxes in the 2000 final. 

Luke Norris is being scanned and assessed after a knock picked up against Salford City, with the extent of his injury unknown. 


One to watch: Kelechi Iheanacho 

Kelechi Iheanacho proved a tricky customer for Burton Albion in the first round, notching up a goal and assist as Leicester eased through. 

The 26-year-old forward is well decorated. He scored twice during Manchester City’s Carabao Cup winning campaign in 2015/16 and has won the FA Cup and Community Shield since swapping the Etihad Stadium for the King Power Stadium in 2017. 

Nigerian international Iheanacho has netted 89 goals in his senior career, 42 of which have come in the Premier League. He enjoys this competition, having scored ten times in it. 

He has yet to play a full 90 minutes this season and therefore could start at Prenton Park, to continue building minutes. 


Manager: Enzo Maresca 

43-year-old Enzo Maresca became Foxes manager in June 2023, having spent last season as a first team coach of Manchester City’s treble winning side. 

His playing career began as a youngster with A.C. Milan, though he made his senior debut with West Bromwich Albion in 1998. 

After spells at several different clubs across Europe, including Juventus and Sevilla, the Italian retired in 2017. His first managerial role came three years later when he was hired by Man City to coach their Elite Development Squad. 

After winning the Premier League 2 title, he became head coach of Parma, but returned to the Etihad Stadium in 2022 as a first team coach. The Citizens would go on to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League that season – a feat only matched in England by rivals Manchester United in 1999. 

Maresca was then appointed manager of Leicester, where he has led his side to four straight league victories. 



We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.   

All Season Card holders will require a ticket for the fixture, including those in the lounges. 

Home tickets will be available to buy on the day from The Club Store. 



Match coverage: 

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UK based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.  

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.  

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Instagram: @tranmererovers  


Match reaction from Ian Dawes and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel. 

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