Match Preview: Leicester City vs Peterborough United

The first day of the season is about hope, but unusually for the time of year both sides in this fixture have a little more than that. 4-0 victories for the Foxes and the Posh in the League Cup have given both sets of fans some legitimate grounding for their expectations, flinty though the evidence may be.

In order for that hope to last beyond the final whistle each side will have to overcome obstacles which dogged them for the majority of last season.

For Peterborough, an away record which showed just three wins and none on the road in the Championship since Boxing Day.

For Leicester, an inability to secure points at home against the division’s weaker sides. Leicester took just 14 points from 12 games against sides in the bottom half last season. Only Doncaster took fewer points per game against the same sides.

The King Power Stadium ought to be a fortress, and Leicester with the attacking options available to them should be able unpick the Peterborough defence. Posh’s was the third leakiest back line in the Championship last season, and despite his clean sheet earlier in the week you’d expect new keeper Bobby Olejnik to be beaten here.

It’s dangerous to read too much into the opening day, but with two difficult away trips to come it would be nice to have something on the board early. Leicester don’t tend to hedge on the curtain raiser either, they haven’t drawn their first league fixture since 2004.

Here’s how the sides got on when they met on the opening day in 1993.

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