For all their many failings this season Leicester’s goal scoring record under Nigel Pearson has been very impressive. Just once, at Brighton, have the Foxes failed to find the net in the Championship since the manager returned from Hull.
It is a record that compares favourably with City’s next opponents. Derby haven’t scored in four of their last five league games, and the last Derby player to score against Leicester was Craig Fagan way back in April 2007.
Form for both of these sides has been temporary. Derby reached 8th in January on the back of a four match winning run that put the Rams just two points from the playoffs. They’ve since gone five without a win and will equal a season long six match winless run if they fail to take three points here.
Leicester, of course, have defined their season with inconsistency. The 4-0 thrashing of the Rams last year was followed by a tepid 2-0 reverse at St Andrews, but you could pick nearly a dozen other examples. That said, defeat would be the first time Leicester have lost three away league matches in a row this season.
In all likelihood this game will be more about bragging rights than serious playoff hopes, but the embers of what once was a bright beacon of hope will be rekindled for the winners (at least another week).
Simon Hooper will take charge. For reference, he was the man in the middle when City visited Hull earlier in the season.