This is Leicester City’s eighth season outside English football’s top flight. It feels like it too. Failure to win promotion this season would put the Foxes on their longest spell outside the top flight since World War Two. To have a shot at the playoffs and the chance to avoid this rather dismal record Leicester require at least 8 wins from their remaining 14 matches. A league double over Coventry City for the first time in nine years would be a good start.
Changing divisions is something Coventry rarely do. They are the Championship’s longest serving tenants. Indeed, relegation from the Premier League in 2001 has been the only time the Sky Blues have changed division in 44 years. In the same period Leicester have been either promoted or relegated 15 times.
But relegation is a serious prospect for the Sky Blues, who have yet to win away from home this season and visit Leicester on the back of nine consecutive away defeats in the Championship. Few home sides have beaten Coventry heavily (9 of their 13 away defeats have been by a single goal) but few have needed to. The Sky Blues have scored only seven on the road this season.
In many ways Andy Thorn’s side have been their own worst enemy. They’ve conceded eight goals in the final five minutes of league matches this season. This has in large part led to the side dropping no fewer than 21 points from winning positions, a Championship high.
Leicester, chasing consecutive league wins for the first time this season, will need to hope Coventry haven’t found a winning formula away from home just yet.