THE horror show of Saturday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest must be put to rest quickly by Nigel Pearson and his players, as Bristol City are the visitors to the Walkers Stadium tomorrow night.
The Foxes suffered a crushing 5-1 loss at Forest at the weekend, with Robert Earnshaw’s sublime hat-trick doing most of the damage.
Visitors Bristol City have not won in the Championship since October 24th, with three draws and two defeats in the period since. The Robins currently sit 11th in mid-table following Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Ipswich.
Leicester will be furiously trying to cling onto their current play-off position when Gary Johnson’s side come to town tomorrow, keen to overcome the woes of the weekend.
Bristol City’s form on the road this season has been none too clever, however, with just the one away win all season coming at Barnsley.
It is the Foxes who head into the match with the better record against the Robins. The most recent league meetings came in the 07/08 season, when Leicester recorded a 2-0 victory at Ashton Gate, followed by an agonising goalless draw at the Walkers.
Had Leicester been able to score that day with their abundance of opportunities, they may well have stayed up that year.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson (on Saturday’s defeat): ‘Awful quite frankly. We are normally very well disciplined, work hard, but we were second best all day, well beaten to the point where the performance was an embarassment’.
Leicester City Team News:
Saturday’s performance could prompt Pearson into changes.
Michael Morrison is pushing for a recall to the first team at right back, in what would be the only likely defensive change.
City may well revert to the 4-4-2 formation which served well early in the season, with Dany N’Guessan, Nicky Adams and Lloyd Dyer all pushing for wing opportunities.
The striking situation may also come under scrunity following the ineffective performances of Yann Kermorgant and Matty Fryatt on Saturday. Only Sunderland-loanee Martyn Waghorn’s starting place is guaranteed.
Player to watch: Martyn Waghorn
The only Foxes highlight in an otherwise abysmal performance at Nottingham Forest.
The 19-year-old on loan from Sunderland grabbed his fifth goal of the season in a City shirt at the weekend, adding to the already impressive season the youngster is enjoying at Leicester.
Waghorn’s loan spell is set to be extended within the next few weeks, news which is sure to be music to the ears of those at the Walkers Stadium.
Bristol City Team News:
Captain Louis Carey faces a late fitness test following a groin injury.
It is a similar story for defender Jamie McAllister, whose shin injury could keep him out of the tie.
Player to watch: Paul Hartley
The former-Celtic man has been a hit at Ashton Gate this season since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.
The 33-year-old’s experience in abundance at Champions League level puts him in good stead to prove a tricky customer in the Championship.
A tasty tussle with Richie Wellens awaits…
Match Facts & Stats
– Both sides have made a healthy amount of clean sheets this season; Leicester with 7 and Bristol City with 6.
– Both sides are also notoriously slow starters, currently possessing two of the worst first half records in the division.
– On average it takes Bristol City 59 minutes to score their first goal away from home. Leicester’s home average is even worse at 76 minutes.
– To cap off the equality, both sides have hit the net 22 times this season.
This has all the makings of a closely fought draw. Bristol City’s poor away record goes in Leicester’s favour, but I just can’t see past a 0-0 here. One goal in it either way should there be a winner…
Saturday 12th December
Leicester: Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Bristol City: Doncaster (A)