Match Preview – Hull City

Over the last few weeks Leicester have come across opponents in the midst of season defining runs. Ipswich Town met Leicester having lost six on the bounce, Leeds United were unbeaten in nine before they faced the Foxes, and Millwall were on a season-best five match unbeaten run before they faced City on Tuesday. Now Leicester travel to face Nigel Pearson’s Hull, who themselves are unbeaten in eight games, the Tigers’ best run of the season.

With four straight away defeats of their own, the Foxes are on their worst away run since they lost seven consecutive matches on the road on 2005/06. The KC Stadium hardly seems like an ideal place to stop the rot. Hull City have conceded just five goals at home all season, only Swansea can boast a record as impressive as that. Indeed, there have been a total of just 14 goals in 11 matches at the KC this season, and a league high three goalless draws. I wonder given City’s recent defensive difficulties how many City fans would settle for seeing the fourth. Only Reading (10) have drawn more league matches this season than Hull (9).

Unfortunately a goalless draw isn’t likely, every Leicester away match this season has contained at least two goals, and City are developing a very concerning habit of shipping the first one. Leicester gifted their opponents the opening goal during every match in December. And whilst the Foxes scored nine goals in December (more than in October or November), they conceded 11 which was more than the total goals against in October and November combined.

For what it’s worth, the Foxes haven’t won on New Year’s Day itself since a 2-1 win over Sunderland at Filbert Street in 1994. You can back the Foxes at around 9/5.

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