Match Preview: Walsall


Assuming tonight’s match goes ahead, this will be the first of four away matches for Leicester in February. Matty Fryatt returns to his old club and City head to a ground where they haven’t lost a league game since 1900. I’m working on the assumption that this game will fall victim to the snow, but just in case it doesn’t here are a few numbers to think about.

Key Stats
This is another match for City against a side who show no signs of departing this division in either direction. Walsall lie 12th, nine points above the relegation zone and 14 below the play-offs. Since Walsall got a 2-2 draw at the Walkers Stadium in October they haven’t moved higher than 10th. Saturdays home win over Leeds was only Walsall’s second win since the start of December. Scunthorpe and Stockport have both left the Bescot Stadium with nothing this season.

Leicester are aiming to match Peterborough’s record unbeaten run of 16 matches. If they avoid defeat it will better the 15 match unbeaten streak achieved the last time Leicester achieved a promotion in 2002/03.

On This Day
Leicester completed a league double over Chelsea on this day in 2001. Muzzy Izzet and Garry Rowett were on target as City edged Chelsea 2-1 at Filbert Street. The result left City well in contention for European places, the horror of the next eight years seemed implausible.

Selected Odds
Walsall – 7/2 (Boylesports)
Draw – 11/4 (Paddy Power)
Leicester 5/6 (bet365)

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