Nothing underscores the challenge facing Nigel Peason in the second half of the season than the fact that even a win in this match will leave Leicester well short of the pace required to make the playoffs, let alone the automatic promotion places.
Tackling the deficit between the Foxes and the top six starts with the visit of Ipswich Town. Much like Peterborough United, the last visitors to the King Power Stadium, it is difficult to know what to expect from the Tractor Boys. Before winning their last two, Ipswich had lost seven in row. Their most common results so far have been 1-0 wins and 3-2 defeats.
It seems a pretty safe bet Leicester will score. Having conceded an average of 2.5 goals per game away from home this season, Ipswich’s is the leakiest defence in the Championship. And Boxing Day crowds in Leicester have grown used to going home happy. Rotherham United were the last side to beat the Foxes on Boxing Day back in 2004. For what it’s worth Ipswich have lost their last three fixtures immediately after Christmas.
Whichever version of Ipswich Town turns up, the game might well be decided late. Both Leicester and Ipswich have been notoriously slow starters this season. The Tractor Boys have scored 25 of thier 31 league goals in the second half. A statistic which presumably perplexes Paul Jewell as much as every Ipswich fan. But it will Nigel Pearson scratching his head if Leicester throw away another lead, the margin for error in the promotion race is already tightening.