Match Preview: Northampton Town

Just 35.8 miles separate Sixfields from the Walkers Stadium, making this the most local of Leicester’s derby matches this season. After two consecutive draws, Leicester will be hoping to prove the wheels are still well and truly screwed into position with three points at home to the Cobblers. As we learned on Tuesday however, there is no such thing as a routine win.

Previous Meetings
Leicester have played Northampton town on just three occasions. The last meeting between the two sides came in the FA Cup ten years ago. Marshall, Parker, Savage and Cottee each scored to give Martin O’Neil’s men a comfortable 4-0 win.

Before that there were two league meetings in the 1965/66 season. Both matches ended all square.

Reasons To Be Confident
Only one team has defeated Nigel Pearson’s side in League One this season. The Foxes are currently the hardest side to beat in the division. Scunthorpe and Millwall both have two losses to their name.

Leicester City and Oldham Athletic are currently tied for the most clean sheets in League One. Both sides have five each.

Northampton have a very respectable record at home, but on their travels have picked up just one win so far in League One.

Reasons To Be Worried
Northampton have shown they can rise to the big occasion this season. If Leicester fans believe the many sides will treat their visit to the Walkers Stadium like a cup final, it seems only fair to peruse the Cobbler’s cup record. This year Northampton excelled in the Carling Cup with wins at Millwall and Bolton. They were minutes away from toppling Sunderland on their own turf too. A well-motivated Stuart Gray side could prove very stiff opposition.

Before the defeat at Swindon, Northampton had gone four matches unbeaten, winning the last three. Their last result, much like City’s, can be viewed in terms of a blip. So far this month Northampton have the second best record in League One.

Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa is fit. The 5’ 11” centre forward is Northampton’s main, some might say only, goal threat. Akinfenwa has eight this season in all competitions for his club, including four in the last five games.

On This Day
Leicester raced into a 3-0 half time lead at Molineux on this day in 2003. By full time, Wolves had somehow come back to win 4-3. At that moment most Leicester fans probably realised City’s return to the top flight would be a short lived affair.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 4/6 (VC Bet)
Draw – 13/5 (Bet365)
Northampton – 5/1 (Bet365)

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