Match Preview – Leicester City vs Birmingham City

An FA Cup date with Chelsea notwithstanding, for some fans (and one suspects, some players) the season cannot end quickly enough.

Last week Bristol City became the first club to do the double over the Foxes this season, then Reading quickly made it two. Birmingham City could make it a very unwelcome hat-trick, not least because Leicester haven’t lost three consecutive league games since Paulo Sousa was sacked.

The Foxes are at least unbeaten in their last three home league games. Though Birmingham arrive without an away defeat in five, a record better by only Cardiff City this season (9).

But it could be argued that Birmingham’s impressive surge to the playoffs might be losing momentum. Following a season’s best 11 match unbeaten run, the Blues are without a win in three league games.

And perhaps Birmingham have yet to fully justify their playoff credentials. Chris Hughton’s men have been impressive when dispatching the Championship’s less fashionable sides, but they’ve yet to beat any of the teams currently sitting directly above them in the top six.

Birmingham do have some boasts. Their average on 1.75 goals per game away from home is the best in the division and in their last six matches on the road they’ve scored an impressive 15 whilst conceding only five. It’s numbers like that which have helped the Blues to a goal difference of +21, the best outside the Championship’s top two.

But unlike at Reading, Leicester will have opportunities to recover should they fall behind. Birmingham have been particularly careless when taking the lead, dropping no fewer than 17 points from winning positions this season.

That will no doubt encourage the Foxes who will reach 4000 all time home league goals tonight if they score twice. The Blues have yet to win a league match this season when they’ve shipped two or more.

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