Match Preview – Hull City vs Leicester City

It took 18 months and three managerial changes but Leicester have finally won themselves a place in the top six. Re-employing the last manager who put them there may not have been the most subtle of tactics, but for now it seem to be working.

It would be understandable if Hull City fans felt the need to voice a certain degree of raw feeling towards the man who jilted them for a former club. But addressing a worrying slide in form is a much higher priority for the Tigesrs at the moment.

Hull have won just one of their last five games, losing the other four. In the last two matches they have thrown away leads to come away with nothing, most spectacularly in last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Burnley.

Indeed, it’s the second half where Hull are struggling badly. The Tigers have only conceded four first half goals in the Champinship this season, but 16 in the second. This curious statistic helps to explain why they are the only side in the top half of the division with a negative goal difference.

Leicester will probably need all three points if they are to maintain their newly won top six status. A repeat of last season’s victory at the KC Stadium would knock another nagging statistic from the minds of players and fans alike. Leicester are without back to back wins since February.

It’s likely to be a cagey affair. Nigel Pearson sides are not renowned for storming out of the blocks away from home, and Hull have scored only nine on their own turf this season (a record ‘bettered’ only by Crystal Palace and Doncaster Rovers).

Meanwhile Matty Fryatt will be looking to score against another former club. The Nuneaton born forward has already netted against Walsall and Carlisle when facing his former employers in a Leicester shirt. More worryingly, Fryatt has managed six goals in his last nine appearances for Hull. If hedge betting is your thing he might be worth a few quid in this one.

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