Match Preview: Cheltenham Town


What is so remarkable about Leicester’s five draws in their last six games is not the record itself, but that during this period no side has been able to make significant inroads into City’s 12 point cushion at the top of League One. MK Dons, the side who looked poised to take advantage of any Leicester slips have themselves only won three of their last eight games. Given that sort of form, does anyone really believe Roberto Di Matteo’s side will win all three of their games in hand?

A convincing home victory over Martin Allen’s Cheltenham will steady any jangling, and to be honest, unwarranted nerves.

Key Stats
Last week we saw how Leicester City and MK Dons dominated in almost every positive statistic. Cheltenham have managed completely the opposite this season. The Robins have won just six points away from home this season, managing just one away win at Leyton Orient (the side with League One’s worst home record). A winless streak of 13 matches stretches all the way back to that win at Bisbane Road in December. It will be the divisions longest sequence without a win this season if the Robins fail to win at the Walkers Stadium.

Cheltenham have conceded a staggering 74 goals this season, only seven short of last season’s worst defense in League One, Port Vale. Martin Allen’s men have kept just four clean sheets and failed to find the net themselves in 12 matches.

No less than 42 different players have played in a Cheltenham Town shirt this season. In a desperate attempt to save the Robins from the drop Martin Allen has made 16 loan signings, something which can have done very little for team spirit or cohesion. Cheltenham have played 35 league matches this season, but only one player, Scott Brown, has started more than 20 of them.

There really are no excuses for anything but three points.

On This Day
Leicester City have not played on the 7th March for more than 20 years. Their last match on this day was a 4-0 away defeat at The Dell in1986/87. Southampton left the Foxes two points from safety in the First Division relegation zone – 12 games later they were relegated by that very margin. The Foxes would not see top flight football again until 1994.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 3/10 (boylesports)
Draw – 9/2 (sportingbet)
Cheltenham – 11/1 (bet365)

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