Match Preview: Hereford United


Leicester’s final fixture of 2008 pits Nigel Pearson’s side against one of League One’s whipping boys. Just two and a half years ago Hereford were at the Walkers Stadium winning the Conference Play-off Final. A second successive promotion for the Bulls last season looks to have been a step too far. Hereford lie five points adrift of safety having remained in the bottom four since September. Leicester will need a win to guarantee top spot going into the New Year.

Key Stats
How do you define a home banker? Well if you fancy Hereford to win you’ll find prices raging from 8/1 to 10/1 – and here’s why…

Hereford have taken just four points away from home all season, they’ve scored just four goals on their travels and lost four out of their last five away matches. The Bulls concede over two goals a game on the road and have kept just one away clean sheet.

Still not convinced? Hereford’s only away win came at Colchester, the side with the second worst home record in League One. Leyton Orient, holders of that dubious title, defeated the Bulls 2-1 on the opening day of the season.

To round things off, Hereford have yet to beat a side in the top half of League One and in four previous meetings they’ve yet to better the Foxes. Only Guinan (6) and Hudson-Odoi (3) have scored more than one goal this season.

There will be no excuses for defeat.

On This Day
Mike Whitlow’s equaliser at Old Trafford gave new manager Mark McGhee his second point in charge of Leicester City. Having already secured a goalless draw against league leaders Blackburn Rovers, McGhee’s new charges fought back after Andrei Kanchelskis had given the Champions a second half lead. It was the Foxes second away point of a miserable campaign which would see City relegated with just 29 points.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 1/3 (Boylesports)
Draw – 4/1 (Bet365)
Hereford – 10/1 (Sky Bet)

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