Match Preview – Leicester City vs Norwich City

There was much to be said in praise of Leicester’s performance at Loftus Road. An impressive backline was buffered by a sensible, narrow, midfield. Unfortunately a combination of heroics from Paddy Kenny and a lack of composure in front of goal meant that City, not for the first time this season, left London empty handed. Had chances been snapped up the Foxes might not have found themselves needing a win to keep their promotion push on track. In reality, defeat at home to Norwich would leave Leicester’s playoff hopes dangling from the most fragile of threads.

There are statistics to comfort optimists and pessimists alike from Norwich City. The Canaries have the second best away record in the Championship and have lost just three games on their travels, but conversely they have failed to win at any Championship team currently sitting in the top half. Paul Lambert’s side are unbeaten in five Championship outings, but have drawn three out of the last four.

Leicester’s unbeaten home league record, which stretches to 13 matches and is the best the Foxes have managed at this level in 54 four years, will have to withstand the Championship’s most trigger happy attack. No side in the division has accumulated more attempts on goal than Norwich’s mammoth 458. In the last meeting at Carrow Road, the home side managed no fewer than 19 efforts on the Leicester goal in a 4-3 win. It was a victory that proved to be Paulo Sousa’s final game in charge.

The Foxes have happier memories of their last encounter with Norwich at the Walkers Stadium. A 4-0 win was one of the few highlights of the miserable 2007/08 campaign. But of the survivors from the squad that lined up to face Norwich approximately three years ago, only Matt Oakley has any chance of making it onto the field of play.

A repeat is highly unlikely (Norwich have yet to concede more than three goals in a league game this season) but if it the Foxes were to net four, the last goal would be the 2000th conceded by the Canaries in English football’s second tier. Don’t hold your breath.

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