Match Preview: Bristol Rovers


In the last entry this blog made the comparison between Leicester’s recent form and “The Stutter Rap”. Before we go any further an apology should be made to Tony Hawks and his compatriots for such a wildly off-base assessment. “The Stutter Rap” made it to number one.

What made Tuesday’s defeat hard to take was the resurfacing of an all too familiar trait, once again Leicester were guilty of throwing points away. In 2003/04 City lost 28 points from winning positions, conceding 10 in the last five minutes that season. In 2004/05 Leicester dropped 31 points, enough to have seen them promoted automatically that year. In 2005/06 the Foxes dropped 21 points, then 24 points were lost in 2006/07. In 2007/08 the Foxes only shipped 13 points, but the figure is distorted, Leicester only scored the first goal in 16 matches last season.

This year Nigel Pearson’s men have surrendered leads on two occasions, costing five points. For the sake of promotion, we should hope that the second half at Brighton will prove to be the exception and not the rule.

Previous Meetings
Leicester City haven’t met Bristol Rovers since 1993. In their last meeting on Leicester turf the Pirates took all three points from Filbert Street in a 1-0 win. It has been five matches, or 18 years, since City last beat Bristol Rovers, the score was 3-2 that day in 1990.

Reasons To Be Confident
Despite their impressive form, Bristol Rovers have just one away win to their name this season.

The Pirates have conceded the first goal on eight occasions this season, coming back to win only once.

Rovers have thrown away exactly as many points from winning positions as Leicester, five.

Reasons To Be Worried
Bristol Rovers come into the match as League One’s form side. They have four wins and one draw to their name in October.

Bristol Rovers and League One’s top scorers, with 29 goals this season. Rovers also possess League One’s top scorer. Rickie Lambert has clocked a mightily impressive 15 goals already this season, with six in his last three games.

Only three teams (Leyton Orient, Stockport County and Hereford Utd) have scored fewer goals at home than Leicester this season. Leicester’s tally of eight in six home matches compares rather badly with Hartlepool Utd, Danny Wilson’s side have netted 20 times already in front of their own fans.

On This Day
For the second season running Leicester conceded late at Newcastle United to be denied victory. An Alan Shearer hat-trick in 13 minutes had destroyed Leicester’s 3-1 advantage the previous season. This time it was John Beresford who saved the Magpies from defeat with a powerful header at the back post to make the final score 3-3. To make matters worse, Emile Heskey got himself sent off after losing his temper with Philippe Albert. Few could blame him.

Selected Odds
Leicester 8/11 (Boylesports)
Draw 13/5 (Betfred)
Bristol Rovers 9/2 (Bet365)

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