It’s not been 30 years of hurt, but it has been 29 years since Leicester City were last promoted as Champions. Saturday’s trip to MK Dons presents the last realistic hope for any team to catch Nigel Pearson’s side. Should City leave stadium:mk with a point or three a whole generation of Leicester fans will get to experience what it feels like to be better than all the rest, even if the rest is only League One.
MK Dons are a much improved outfit from the rather shy bunch who arrived at the Walkers Stadium on the opening day of the season and showed City far too much respect. Roberto Di Matteo has placed his impression on the Dons with impressive speed, this will be one of Leicester’s toughest tests of the season.
There is barely a statistic which one of these two sides doesn’t dominate in. Leicester have the most wins, fewest defeats, most clean sheets and League One’s longest undefeated sequence. MK Dons have failed to score in just four matches and the divisions longest winning sequence (6). Leicester and MK Dons have scored the most goals in League One, while Leicester have conceded the fewest.
Despite their lofty position, MK Dons possess only the 9th best home record in League One. Five sides have won at stadium:mk this season, including Leyton Orient. MK Dons have also not fared well in games against the top six, taking just four points from 18.
The most interesting stats to hand demonstrate just how difficult this game is to call. The Dons have dropped a massive 18 points from winning positions this season, yet they’re second only to City when it comes to winning after conceding the first goal. Perhaps one factor that is predictable is late drama. Both Leicester and MK Dons are specialists at late goals. The Foxes have scored nine in the last five minutes, the Dons have netted 10.
On This Day
Stuart Wilson, Muzzy Izzet and Rob Ullathorne struck for City in an impressive second-half display at Ewood Park on this day in 1998. It was just a shame that the Foxes were already 5-0 down when they finally managed to get going. It was probably a day when the Foxes should have known when to quit.
MK Dons – 13/8 (Coral)
Draw – 12/5 (bet365)
Leicester – 7/4 (SkyBet)