As Paul Gallagher crashed home his second and Leicester City’s third against Crystal Palace last November few could have imagined the Foxes would win just one more match before the clubs met again. But, seven games later, it is Crystal Palace who look like viable playoff material and Nigel Pearson’s Foxes who have forgotten how to win.
Leicester have taken just seven points in their last seven matches, the same number as Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers. With three wins and two draws in their last seven games, Crystal Palace have won more points in the same period than West Ham.
The form book looks grim, and there is little to raise the spirits of Leicester fans in the stats. The Eagles have only been beaten at home by Middlesbrough this season, and Leicester have won only once in seven league and cup visits to Selhurst Park this century.
Palace might not have scored more than once in a league match since October, but they have kept three clean sheets in their last four outings, a record which has produced three very useful 1-0 wins.
Nigel Pearson likes those sort of results. When he was last in charge of Leicester the side won more matches by a single goal than any other Championship team in the 2009/10 season. To move back to that sort of form, Pearson will need to address the issues which have led to Leicester conceding an average of a goal a game since his return.
That said, Leicester have scored in every game since Pearson was re-appointed. It is no real surprise a 1-1 draw is favourite amongst the bookmakers.