A trip down Fosse Way for the Reds to high-flying-but-stuttering-a-bit Leicester City should prove an interesting encounter. After an excellent October we came crashing back to Earth with a bit of a shoeing at home to Millwall, but have gained back some respect points with a dominant showing over Middlesbrough – which brought back questions over our conversion rate of chances created.
Leicester had ascended to the top of the table but subsequently have found things a little tougher – they managed to halt a mini-losing run with a draw up at Bolton in midweek having lost their previous two games against Crystal Palace and Watford. So whilst a number of places separate us in the league, we’re just four points behind the Foxes.
More pressingly, we’ve found ourselves a point behind Derby as well – which needs remedying as soon as possible!
On the team front we’ll be missing Sam Hutchinson thanks to his knee injury, who has Daniel Ayala and Raddy Majewski to keep him company on the sidelines. Whether Jermaine Jenas has recovered sufficiently from his foot injury is something that Sean will decide later. Leicester are missing St Ledger and Vardy through injury and new signing Keane is a doubt. Whitbread is available following suspension.
A glance at the history books shows a pretty close record between us – Leicester have the edge though, with 39 wins over us through the years to our 37. It’d be nice to redress the balance a bit! With both sides looking to get back into winning ways it’s a tough one to call – but well, we never seem to do particularly well at the Walkers Stadium (alright, the ‘King Power’ stadium!).
The other thing that I noticed was the referee, Anthony Taylor. I’ve had some very cross words about him before (here and here), so let’s hope that in the intervening years he’s learned a little more about his job! Mind you, we won back on 1st January 2008 despite his best efforts – so maybe perversely it’s a good omen?
Must admit I don’t hold out much hope for this one – Leicester are a solid side and will prove a challenge, and obviously with the fixture having considerable significance at their end of the A46 it might give the home side that greater sense of urgency. Hopefully Sean can pull something out the bag and get us a much needed three points, though!
Oh, and the other thing worth point out is after the Leicester City bugler has finished playing the Last Post they are planning a silence for Remembrance Day – whether that will be well communicated to the fans or not tends to be hit and miss, so try to keep it in mind and let’s try to mitigate for any fans inadvertently appearing to be disrespectful.
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