Match Preview – Swansea City

Late in the season there is often a big debate about which a side would prefer, points on the board or games in hand. At the moment Leicester City have the luxury of neither and on Monday they face one of only four sides to play all their scheduled Championship fixtures. With 43 points on the board, 11 more than the Foxes, Swansea City fans can engage much more freely in the aforementioned debate.

Without wanting to burst the bubble of optimism created by City’s win at Hull, it is only fair to point out that one more defeat for Leicester would see them level their number of losses for the whole of last season. Put simply, City are running out of time to put that much hoped for run together. At home the Foxes have been consistent at least. Since the end of the Sousa era the Foxes are unbeaten in the last eight league fixtures at the Walkers, scoring 17 and conceding seven.

Indeed, Leicester’s home form has been very solid since they returned to the Championship. When relegated in 2007/08 City lost 9 of their 23 home fixtures. Since their return they have lost only 6 in 35 home league matches.

Swansea arrive at the Walkers Stadium without a win in Leicester since 1950. They have firmly established their top six credentials having planted themselves there since the middle of October. That said, the Swans have lost their last two away fixtures at Sheffield United and QPR. And much as their defence has been impenetrable at home, it has shown frailty on the road. 18 of the 23 goals the Swansea have conceded this season have come away from home.

Early season goals have dried up from Brendan Rodgers’ side too. Only once in the last 11 league fixtures have the Swans scored more than one goal. Good news for City perhaps, who have managed consecutive clean sheets just once this campaign.

The punters seem to be backing Leicester quite heavily. At the time of writing over 90% of bets placed on this game at Oddschecker have backed the Foxes to get consecutive wins. We’ll find out if that’s smart money soon enough.

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