It’s one of those quirky tricks the fixture list seems to play from time to time. Nigel Pearson’s first match in charge in his second spell as Leicester boss is against the same side he would have faced in City’s next competitive match had he not departed for Hull 16 months ago. Crystal Palace were one of seven teams the Foxes failed to beat last season, more dropped points against the Eagles on Sunday will made the uphill task already facing Pearson even harder.
Crystal Palace have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, but progress has been shakier of late. Dougie Freedman’s men have failed to score in their last three matches, drawing two and losing most recently at Cardiff.
Palace are unlikely to be pushovers though. The Eagles have conceded just 14 league goals all season, making theirs the third best in the Championship. It means they’ve been able to pick up 25 points without scoring prolifically, just 18 in total. More concerning for Leicester, Palace have won more matches away from home than at Selhurst Park.
Reviving Leicester’s home record will be one of Nigel Pearson’s first priorities. Leicester have already lost four at the King Power Stadium this season, only Bristol City have lost at home on more occasions. Norwich made it to the Premier League despite losing four at home last season, but the last team to win promotion despite losing five on their own turf were Watford in 2005/06.
Much (probably too much) has been made of how Pearson will turn Leicester’s form around with a more agricultural style of play, but perhaps Leicester will be more effective from set pieces from now on. The goalless corner count stands at 64. Foxblogger will be keeping tabs.