Match Preview – Leicester City v Bristol City

This is the run we’ve all been hoping for. The Foxes are one game away from matching last season’s eight match unbeaten streak and in doing so remaining the Championship’s only unbeaten team in 2011. Standing in their way are visitors Bristol City, whose smash and grab home victory over the Foxes remains one of the most disappointing afternoons of the Sven era. That defeat, as much as Scunthorpe’s midweek victory over Nottingham Forest has shown that the Championship remains a division where victories do not come cheaply and arrogance is often punished.

Indeed, Bristol City have won two of the last three meetings between the two sides. Last year the Robins left the Walkers with a 3-1 victory. A result which came off the back of a miserable away defeat at Forest. It was Bristol City’s first league win in Leicester since 1915.

This time, however, the Foxes return home from an East Midlands derby brimming with confidence and it is the Robins who arrive at the Walkers with just one win since New Years Day. Keith Millen’s men have failed to score in five of their last six league games and have won away from home just once at a side higher in the Championship than themselves. The Bristol City boss must be hoping for a return to form for Brett Pitman, whose nine league goals since November have been a major factor in keeping the Robins out of a the major relegation dogfight so far.

Leicester meanwhile are just one game short of their longest unbeaten home run at this level since 1989/90. Sven’s side have scored 10 goals in their last 3 home league games and have yet to lose at home to a side currently sitting in the bottom half. That said, the Foxes have failed to keep a clean sheet at home this year, all three shutouts in 2011 have come on the road.

With the form book so heavily slanted in Leicester’s favour it’s difficult not to see this match as anything other than an excellent opportunity for the Foxes to put real pressure on their promotion rivals, many of whom face off against each other this weekend. Three points on Friday night will have the clubs directly above City looking nervously over their shoulders and wondering what on earth happened to those games in hand.

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