How soon is too soon to speak in terms of inevitability? City’s win at Yeovil on Monday night means they now require just eight more victories to essentially tie up promotion. The bookies clearly think this is over. Both bet365 and Paddy Power will offer just 1/14 on City returning straight back to the Championship (Sky Bet offer the best value at 1/7).
Of course, whilst it’s all well and good for the fans to ponder life in the Championship, players need to keep their heads. The most pressing concern of some fans is what, if anything, will be scribbled on the front of the shirts next season. Professionals can afford no such luxury, and achieving a eighth consecutive home league victory is likely to be anything but routine.
Leicester made hard work of seeing off Huddersfield at the Galpharm Stadium in October. Following that fixture City went on their worst run of the campaign so far, four league games without a win.
Recent changes at Huddersfield have worked quickly. Since the departure of Stan Ternent a run of five wins and just one defeat in eight matches has seen Huddersfield lift themselves from 14th to 8th in the table.
But still, a Huddersfield Town match, as City fans should know already, is never over until it’s over. Huddersfield have come back to win from losing positions on three occasions this season. Frustratingly for the Terriers they’ve dropped a staggering 17 points from winning positions this term. This sort of topsy-turvy football has ensured Lee Clark’s side have remained consistently inconsistent. Their current run of four matches unbeaten equals the longest stretch of form (good or bad) this season.
Leicester are looking to take another step towards beating Peterborough United’s 16 match unbeaten run earlier in the campaign. Avoid defeat and City will have gone 13 league games without a loss.
On This Day
Paul Wotton’s free kick sealed a 1-0 victory for Plymouth Argyle and left Leicester deep in relegation trouble on this day in 2006. The match was being replayed after a waterlogged pitch had forced the original fixture to be abandoned. To the surprise on no-one City manager Craig Levein was sacked a day later and Rob Kelly took temporary, then permanent charge.
Leicester – 7/10 (BlueSq)
Draw – 13/5 (Paddy Power)
Huddersfield – 11/2 (Sky Bet)