Perhaps there was a touch of arrogance in the expectation of Leicester fans that their side would cruise to victory at Oakwell last weekend. Given the recent record between the two teams it was certainly understandable, and City’s failure to equal their performance from last season clearly concerned a few.
It was a draw which underscored a number of disappointments so far, not just in the results. Leicester have held the majority of possession in just one league match this season, a slender 51-49% advantage over Reading. And Sven’s men have made fewer attempts on goal than their opponents in four of their six league matches. It hardly takes a genius to point out failure to retain possession has cost City far too much already this season.
That said, there are some positive stats on the ledger too. If you take Leicester’s results from last season’s games against the same teams City have played in the opening six matches this season (or in the case of Southampton, the last home meeting) City have taken 1 more point this time around. More simplistically, Leicester are 3 points and 10 places better off than they were at this stage last season. Not great, but not exactly the end of the world six games in.
Unfortunately the gentle introduction to the Championship season stops here. Leicester have only faced one side currently in the top half so far this season; their next four opponents are all in the top six.
Brighton are sitting pretty in their highest league position since August 1984. Not even the Manager of the Month award could stop Gus Poyet’s side from winning at Ashton Gate last weekend. The Seaguls have conceded just one goal on their travels so far this season and have kept a clean sheet on each of their last three visits to the King Power Stadium.
Just as when City faced Southampton before the international break, defeat would see the Foxes 11 points behind the league leaders. City overcame the pressure last time, perhaps a big game is just what Leicester need.