It is difficult to ignore the obvious. A match against Peterborough United is supposed to bring goals. Posh have scored 39 times in the league this season, conceding 38. It makes theirs the division’s second best attack, and its second worst defence. 75 per cent of Peterborough’s league matches have contained three of more goals.
Such disregard for defensive discipline in favour of all out attack has won Darren Fergusson’s side many plaudits but in the last few weeks it has not won them many points. One win in eight has seen Posh fall from within a point of the playoff places to just four above the drop zone.
The odds suggest few are backing Peterborough to arrest their slump at the King Power Stadium. On the road Posh have collected just eight points from 10 matches, losing six of them and keeping clean sheets in none.
But if Peterborough’s problem is defensive discipline, Leicester’s is of a much more straightforward nature. Four red cards and four penalties conceded tell their own story. The only time Leicester have won after being reduced to ten men or having conceded a spot kick this season was on the opening day when their hosts, Coventry City, had a man dismissed too.
If Peterborough are generous enough to hand their opponents the lead (something which Posh have done 14 times this season, more than any other Championship side) Leicester fans should be wary if City do not increase their advantage. Peterborough have scored eight goals in the last ten minutes of league matches this season, conceding only two.
But those of a slightly nervous disposition should remember this. The only Championship manager to keep a clean sheet at London Road this season is Nigel Pearson.