Match Preview: Northampton Town


With the transfer window closing fast Nigel Pearson decided he had little option than to strengthen his back line. The Aleksander Tunchev sized hole in City’s defence was certainly exposed against Huddersfield, and whilst City have kept two clean sheets in three since the Bulgarian’s season ending injury, experience is clearly required for the big games. Wayne Brown seems like an excellent fit.

Yet we’re still waiting on another striker to cover for Steve Howard. Tuesday’s goalless draw seemed to expose quite vividly the lack of a Plan B. Howard is the player with the most fouls in League One (80) and will certainly miss more games before the season is over through suspension if not injury.

Key Stats
Northampton are one of only four teams to keep a clean sheet against Leicester this season. Most of their campaign has been a picture perfect illustration of mid-table mediocrity, full of statistics that are just painfully average. The Cobblers have the 13th best attack and the 10th best defence. Since the middle of October they have done little but oscillate between 12th and 16th position. The club’s longest unbeaten run this year has been four games and they’ve managed only one win since Christmas…against Crewe.

Leicester should know that Sixfields has proven a tricky ground so far this season; Millwall, Peterborough, Leeds and Huddersfield have all failed to win here. In fact, just two sides, Oldham and Colchester, have managed it this season. On the upside, Northampton have won just once against a side in the top half of League One. Perhaps the smart money should be placed on the draw.

On This Day
Tony Cottee’s first half strike at Old Trafford on this day in 1998 gave the Foxes a famous win over the champions. United threw everything at Martin O’Neil’s men, but some resolute defending, a fair bit of luck and one of the worst misses you’ll ever see from Teddy Sherringham ensured that City left with their fifth away win of the season.

Selected Odds
Northamton – 11/4 (BlueSq)
Draw – 5/2 (Bet365)
Leicester – 11/10 (totesport)

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