Humiliations of the sort inflicted on Leeds United by Blackpool in midweek do not come around all that often. Not since 2004 have Leeds lost by a comparable scoreline in a league match. Arsenal’s invincibles beat the Whites 5-0 on their way to winning the Premier League undefeated. And it was the Gunners who last beat Leeds at home by as many as five goals, a 5-0 win at Elland Road back in 1980.
Leicester fans grinning from ear to ear at this point would do well to remember that Leeds’ biggest ever home win came at the expense of the Foxes. Back in 1934 an 8-0 thumping went a long way to ensuring Leicester had the second worst goal average in the First Division that year.
Goals at both ends have been the staple diet of Leeds fans this year. Indeed their thousands of supporters who pack away ends up and down the Championship have seen an average of 3.71 per game, a division high. But Simon Grayson’s side are without a win in three and can only boast a defence which has leaked fewer goals than Peterborough, Bristol City and Doncaster. No wonder the former Leicester man is on the hunt for a new goalkeeper.
Leicester are unbeaten in seven meetings between the two sides, the most recent a 2-2 draw in front of a packed Boxing Day crowd last year. The Foxes are looking for their first back to back league wins of the season, an event which would calm the nerves of those who have witnessed the picture of inconsistency Leiciceste have painted over the last few weeks.
Depending on Saturday’s results Leicester could have a sixth opportunity of the season to break into the playoff places. Let’s hope that, unlike in the previous five (Reading, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Millwall) they don’t blow the chance should it present itself.