Hull fans have taken great satisfaction in watching their former boss struggle to revive Leicester’s promotion hopes this season, and you can hardly blame them. Since Nigel Pearson took over at the Foxes for a second time his side have won 30 points from 21 matches. Hull, meanwhile, have won 34 points from 22 games. The Tigers have retained their defensive solidity and a realistic shot at the top six. Leicester would kill for both.
On Wednesday the Foxes faced the side with the second best attack in the Championship. On Saturday Leicester will come up against an entirely different proposition. Hull have conceded just 30 goals so far in 2011/12 of which only 13 have been shipped away from the KC Stadium.
It’s a defensive record which has taken a weak attack somewhat off the hook. Hull have scored just 37 league goals, their matches are tight. The Tigers have been involved in six goalless draws and no fewer than 12 of Hull’s 16 league wins this season have been settled by a winning margin of one goal.
But of late Hull’s momentum seems to be stalling. Defeat to Southampton last time out ended a run of 11 matches unbeaten for the Tigers. It sounds impressive but that run had contained seven draws, five of them coming in a row.
Leicester hasn’t been a bad hunting ground for the Tigers in recent years though, they’ve taken seven points in their last three visits here. The last time Leicester beat Hull at home they needed Joey Gudjonsson to score from the halfway line. The chances of someone repeating that feat are probably roughly equal to Leicester’s odds of promotion this season. But let’s hope some of the players have been inspired by Ben Marshall to run out the clock in style.