Brentford boss Thomas Frank is relishing the challenge of his side’s clash against Leicester City in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday. 

The Bees and the Foxes will go head to head at this stage of the competition for the second successive season this weekend, with Frank looking to avenge last year’s 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park. 

Wednesday’s victory over Luton Town made it 16 league matches without defeat for Brentford, who sit two points off the automatic promotion places in the Championship, with a game in hand on second-placed Swansea. 

And after already disposing of four Premier League sides in their momentous run to the Carabao Cup semi-finals earlier this month, Frank is confident of pitting his wits against the country’s elite once again.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge against the team with Brendan Rodgers and his coaching staff who have done fantastic over the last two seasons,” the Dane said.  

“They’re doing another good job again this season, so it’ll be another interesting game.

“We saw last season that we could actually compete with Leicester so I’m sure we can do that on Sunday again, and we’ll give it a go.”

The midweek victory over the Hatters did come at a cost for the Bees, with top scorer Ivan Toney shown a second yellow card in the dying stages of the clash with Nathan Jones’ side, meaning he will have to sit this one out. 

With 16 goals to his name in the current campaign, the summer signing has proved himself to be a pivotal part of Brentford’s plans this season, with his loss sure to affect Frank’s game plan heading into the weekend.

The form of Saman Ghoddos will give the Bees reasons for optimism as they face off against the side currently third in the Premier League, with the Iranian netting the winning goal in their last two matches, including the third round tie with Middlesbrough.

Marcus Forss will be also primed and ready to start from the off at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday, with Frank looking for a reaction from his players after a second half he described as ‘painful’ on Wednesday night.

"I don't understand why he [Toney] got a yellow. I've seen it back and can't see any reason for him to get a yellow,” the Bees boss continued. 

“Marcus was already in our thoughts for Sunday, but I would have loved to have Ivan available.

“We can’t put another performance in on Sunday against Leicester like we did in the last 45 minutes because we would be in big, big trouble, but I’m sure we will do better.”