Match Preview: Bristol Rovers

Optimists and pessimists alike can take comfort from this week’s numbers. If Leicester avoid defeat tomorrow they will set a new club record of 20 league matches unbeaten. However, if City only manage a draw at the Memorial Stadium they will equal their longest winless sequence of the season, four games. The Foxes broke that blip after Matty Fryatt fired two late goals to steal all three points from Bristol Rovers in November. Since then Leicester have won 13 and drawn seven. In one of football’s wonderful symmetries could Rovers, the team who nearly stopped Leicester’s incredible run from starting in the first place, end up being the very team to finish it?

Key Stats
Four wins in the last six have helped Bristol Rovers to allay any fears of relegation this season. The Pirates boast a mixed home record – seven sides have taken points from the Memorial Gound, seven others have left with nothing.

Rovers season has depended much on possessing League One’s top goalscorer, Rickie Lambert, who seems to be finding form again after going six games without a goal in December and January. Matty Fryatt, on the other hand, has managed precious little for City since signing his new contact. The Fryarstater has netted just twice in 11 matches since he put pen to paper on his new deal.

On Tuesday Leicester conceded a penalty for the first time this season and in doing so lost the record they had held with Colchester. Like Leicester, Rovers are a highly disciplined unit. The club have conceded 315 fouls and taken only 28 bookings this season. Millwall, the yardstick by which all footballing indiscretions are measured, have conceded 432 fouls, received 64 yellow cards and a further six red.

On this Day
Emile Heskey fired a second-half brace on this day in 1996 as Leicester came back from 2-1 down to defeat Mark McGhee’s Wolves 3-2 at Molineux. The match was Martin O’Neil’s first win as Leicester boss in his tenth game at the helm. It was his first of 85 victories in 223 games.

Selected Odds
Bristol Rovers – 15/5 (bet365)
Draw – 5/2 (best365)
Leicester – 11/10 (boylesports)

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