Outsiders could be forgiven for not giving this match a second look. Taken as a whole, the season’s of both sides who meet at Ashton Gate on Saturday look less than stellar. But the view from October onwards has been much rosier.
Foxes fans are now armed with the knowledge that had the season started on 1st October only goal difference would be keeping them out of the automatic promotion places. Likewise Bristol City under Keith Millen seem to be staging a recovery of their own. Defeat at Elland Road last week was the Robbins’ first defeat in six league games.
Again, looking at the entire season pundits might suggest this game will be played by two teams fearful of losing. Bristol City have the Championships second worst home record, whilst Leicester can point to only three sides who have done worse on the road.
But again, this would not do recent form justice. Five of the six points Bristol City have won at home have come in the last three matches. Likewise Leicester can boast six points from a possible nine in recent games away from the Walkers Stadium.
Both teams have incentives to play adventurously. The Robbins will be looking to pull away from the bottom three as quickly as possible. Likewise a win for Leicester could see the Foxes end the day in their highest league position of the season and within touching distance of the play-off places.
For Leicester the points on offer here are even more important because the fixture list offers little low hanging fruit between now and Christmas. Bristol City are the only side currently below the Foxes in the table that Sven’s men will face between now and the trip to the New Den on 28th December.
The Foxes ought to make this count, but we all know it’s never that simple.