Match Preview – Portsmouth vs Leicester City

In Of Fossils & Foxes you need to turn back to the 1992/93 season to find a bigger league defeat than the one City suffered at the hands of Portsmouth last September. Grainy footage from that day exists. Thankfully this uploader has seen fit to edit out the match itself.

At least if things don’t go so well for Nigel Pearson and Leicester City this weekend, the horror will be relived only briefly in condensed Football League Show form.  Pompey have won five at home already this season, the same number as Leicester. They’ve secured three points in each of their last three matches at Fratton Park too. It’s Portsmouth’s away form which has meant the club has yo-yoed up and down the bottom half of the Championship since September.

Problems on the road have similarly prevented the Foxes from lifting themselves into the playoff places. Leicester’s two away wins this season have come at 21st placed Burnley and 23rd placed Coventry. But, as with so many weekends this season, back to back wins could see Nigel Pearson’s men end the day in the top six for the first time since he left the club.

The chances are City will have time to establish themselves in the match. Pompey have led at the break just once this season (Southampton have been leading at half time on 10 occasions). Indeed, Portsmouth have only scored four first half goals in the Championship this season. For Leicester, a side which has claimed just one point when they’ve fallen behind in a match this season, this is good news.

Better still, Portsmouth remain one of the Championship’s most wasteful sides in front goal. Less than half (43.3%) of Pompey’s attempts have been on target this season. Then again, before this fixture last season just 2.29% of Portsmouth’s shots had gone in. We all know what happened next.

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