Satisfying as the last three wins have been there remains a niggling feeling about Leicester’s recent revival. Yes the Foxes have won three on the spin and yes Nigel Pearson’s men have beaten Championship sides in consecutive matches, but until and unless the Foxes can muster consecutive league victories this season, playoff dreams will remain as distant as they looked after defeat to Barnsley. In this division, momentum is everything.
Season ticket holders have a right to be grumpy. Gone are the days when City’s first home match in the FA Cup was included in the price, and those who decided against stumping up thirty notes for the two cup games haven’t seen Leicester win a home match in any of their last four. If the Foxes fail to win again, they will have recorded their worst home league sequence in four and a half years.
So who better to prove newfound playoff credentials against than Middlesbrough, former front runners and now in danger of losing forward momentum entirely. ‘Boro have been out of sorts lately, losing their last three league matches and slipping from the automatic promotion places to eighth in the process. But their own recent FA Cup exploits have shown Tony Mowbray’s side to be no mugs, and players like Barry Robson who has 55 fouls against his name this season (more than any other Championship player) will take no prisoners.
Middlesbrough remain the only side in the Championship yet to win a point in 2012. Goals have dried up. ‘Boro have scored more than one goal just once in thier last ten league outings. But their away matches have been marginally more exciting than those at the Riverside, which is just as well. Another goalless draw between these two would be the third in four meetings. Leicester haven’t drawn 0-0 twice against the same side since their meetings with Burnley in 2004/05. You can get 10/1 on it happening tonight.