Match Preview: Scunthorpe United


For a stadium less than 20 years old Glanford Park already seems pathetically out of date. 838 Leicester fans made the trip last season for a game they could have watched in the pub and, after a dire 90 minutes with barely two real goal scoring opportunities, most probably wished they had.

Gary Megson’s penultimate game in charge of the Foxes (his sixth of seven league matches) finished 0-0 and provided a microcosm of the entire year. During Megson’s reign City only conceded five goals, but managed to score just four times themselves.

Megson’s league record in charge of Leicester City: P7 W1 D4 L2 F4 A5 Pts7.

Key Stats
Scunthorpe have the fourth best home record in League One and haven’t lost at Glanford Park for 10 matches. But fans of the Iron must share the same concern as the Foxes with every wobbly result, there’s a sense in the numbers that Scunthorpe are doing well to paper over some cracks. For instance, half of Scunthorpe’s 20 goals conceded have come in the last four matches.

Fortunately for the Iron, 32 goals at the other end have made Nigel Adkins’ side League One’s top scorers. Unlike Leicester, Scunthorpe’s goals are coming from every department. 12 Scunthorpe players have put their names on the score sheet this season, with nine opening the scoring. The Iron have only failed to score once in League One this season. By contrast only eight Leicester players have scored this season, with only Matty Fryatt, Steve Howard, Lloyd Dyer and Matt Oakley scoring first.

Both sides are more than capable of throwing points away. Scunthorpe have cost themselves 10 points this season in games they have led. The Foxes have dropped seven points this season, all from their last three away games. Nigel Pearson’s side have not won away from the Walkers Stadium since 4th October.

On This Day
Les Ferdinand’s goal in his 400th league appearance looked to have given City all three points at home to Charlton on this day in 2003. A hotly disputed Paolo Di Canio penalty ensured the spoils were shared. November was City’s best month in their last Premier League campaign. This draw was the only blot on an otherwise excellent month that produced three wins for Micky Adams’ men. At the time, City were above Spurs, Blackburn and Aston Villa.

Selected Odds
Scunthorpe – 6/4 (Bet365)
Draw – 12/5 (Sky Bet)
Leicester – 15/8 (BlueSq)

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