Match Preview: Swindon Town


There was a certain sense of inevitability about Leicester’s 3rd trip to the top of the table this season. Foxes fans had clung to the Yeovil game in hand as evidence of City’s false position, and so it proved. Now they must defend their one point edge at the top of League One at the County Ground, a venue City haven’t taken three points from since 1971. Feeling confident?

Key Stats
It has been far from dull to be a Swindon fan this season. Every single Swindon Town league game has produced at least two goals. Both sides have registered on the scoresheet in 13 of their 15 league games. Goals will not be in short supply at the County Ground on Saturday. Simon Cox has proven a solid marksman for the Robin’s, with 12 goals to his name already. Yet much like Matty Fryatt, Cox has opened the scoring far less frequently. Only a quarter of his goals have given Swindon first blood.

Swindon must be on something of a downer after a humiliating 1-0 defeat to Histon in the FA Cup last weekend. How Maurice Malpas’ team will react to that result is uncertain, but City must beware the backlash.

Leicester’s lofty position has much to do with their away record. With only one defeat on the road, City’s away form is bettered only by Stockport County (the Hatters remain undefeated on their travels). Yet City are without an away win in three games and have played four of their last five league games at home.

City’s record against teams in the bottom half remains exemplary, they have six wins, one draw and a single defeat this season.

On This Day
Leicester haven’t played on the 15th November since 1992 when they managed a 2-1 win at Roker Park against Sunderland. As I was only six years old at the time, you’ll have to forgive me for lacking a more colourful description of those events.

Selected Odds
Swindon – 9/4 (Paddy Power)
Draw – 12/5 (Bet365)
Leicester – 5/4 (Sky Bet)

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