At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if Leicester City have serious ambitions on promotion this season they are running out of time to demonstrate them. 19 matches remain for the Foxes to put together the sort of run which will see them leapfrog their competitors for the playoff spots. There is little margin for error.
As Leicester fans have come to understand all too well this season, putting a decent run of results together in the Championship is easier said than done. Credit then must be given to Kenny Jackett’s Millwall who travel to the Walkers Stadium unbeaten in nine matches, their best undefeated sequence at this level for a decade. It’s a run which has seen the Lions rise from 17th to 9th, just three points from the playoffs. Just weeks ago they cast aside a lacklustre Leicester performance at the New Den and could potentially complete their first league double over the Foxes in 20 years.
Leicester, if they avoid defeat, will equal their best unbeaten run of the season (four matches) but to manage even this they will have to avoid being turned over by a Millwall side which has conceded just eight goals against teams sitting in the bottom half. In short, the visitors are unlikely to offer as many opportunities as Preston did last Saturday, and if City fire another 14 attempts off target this weekend they can expect to be punished for their profligacy. Worryingly in this respect, Yakubu has failed to register in the scoresheet in consecutive games since September 2008.
But Millwall will have no illusions about the Walkers being an easy place to play. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last nine home league games (winning six) and since 1st October no Championship side has won more points on their own ground than Sven’s men. It might not quite be a case of 19 cup finals, but it’s difficult to see a path to the playoffs which begins with a defeat at home to the Lions.