Match Preview – Portsmouth

The extreme fluctuations in City’s fixture list continue on Friday. Having faced 2nd then 1st at home, the Foxes travel to rock-bottom Portsmouth, a side still without a win and with just two league goals to their name.

Pompey have all but been condemned to relegation by the Guardian’s stats boffins but their fans will hope to repeat the example of Ipswich Town. Roy Keane’s side took 15 matches to gain their first win in the Championship last season but went on to finish a reassuring nine points and seven places clear of the relegation zone.

There’s little doubt the Leicester defence will be delighted to see the back of Jamie (eight goals from 10 shots on target) Mackie and line up against the Championship’s weakest attack. It’s a label well deserved by Pompey, who go into Friday’s match having converted just 2.29% of their attempts on goal in the league.

On Tuesday night Steve Cotterill’s side gave an abject display in finishing, with David Nugent (28 attempts and 1 goal in all competitions) the biggest offender. Pompey were the first side City have faced this season who created more chances than the Foxes in the match, but for once it was Paulo Sousa’s side who were refreshingly clinical in front of goal.

Michael Morrison’s opener (2 mins 3 secs) was faster than any City goal scored in 2009/10 and not since Kerrea Gilbert gave the Foxes the lead at home to Stockport in March 2009 has an opening goal been scored faster by a Leicester player. That said, the Foxes are still to score first in a league match, and have gone into half-time 1-0 down in their last five Championship fixtures.

In all Paulo Sousa’s side have spent just 22 minutes leading in league matches this season. But Leicester have an excellent recent record at Fratton Park, winning five of their last six visits in all competitions. After Tuesday’s match there’s no doubting confidence will have improved.

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