Top of the league, six points better of than at the same stage last season. This is all going a bit too well, isn’t it?
And it’s all suddenly gone horribly wrong for Brighton. Just as least season when Gus Poyet’s side led the Championship early only on – the Seagulls are starting to fall. Last season they failed to win nine matches after hitting top spot six games into the campaign. Now the Seagulls have failed to win in four following five straight wins that took them too the top of the pile just weeks ago.
Brighton fans probably won’t be too confident of a result at a ground where they’ve scored just once in five visits, not least because the Seagulls have only scored one goal in their last four and Leicester have conceded just twice at home (the best record in the Championship).
All five of Brighton’s wins this season have come against sides in the bottom half, though statistically the club’s record of three wins and a draw from five away matches thus far remains the Championship’s second best.
Leicester are looking for a sixth consecutive home league win, something the side have managed just once in the Championship before. Six home wins at the start of the 2002/03 campaign set the tone for Leicester’s last successful promotion campaign to the Premier League.
But this will be tight. Despite the goals drying up, Brighton have one of the best defences in the division and Leicester will need the sort of clinical finishing that has served them so well at home so far.
Both meetings between these sides finished 1-0 to the home side last season. That’s a good bet for this game too.
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One final plug for ’Financial Fair Play – The Answer?’ a documentary that looks at the new system of FFP for the Championship and how it will affect clubs. The 15 minute documentary features interviews with;
- Tad Detko, Finance Director at the Football League
- Dr John Beech, Senior Research Fellow at Coventry University and author of Football Management (@JohnBeech)
- Don Rowing, General Manager at Barnsley FC
- Ian Stringer, Sport Journalist and Leicester City commentator for BBC Radio Leicester (@StringerSport)
- Ian Bason, Chairman of the Foxes Trust
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