A quick scroll down the fixture list serves to underline just how important Leicester’s winning start on Saturday really was. Arguably, the Foxes don’t have another ‘gimmie’ until October.
And it has been a good start. In the last week the Foxes have created 22 attempts on goal, scoring with six. Just as importantly a new look defence has secured two clean sheets.
Confidence will be high, which is just as well because Leicester’s record at Charlton in recent years has been less than stellar. Not since 1996 have the Foxes left the Valley with a league win. Since then five visits have yielded two points. Oh…and this.
Saturday may have been the fourth time in five season’s that the Foxes have won on the opening day, but City haven’t won their first two league matches of the season in a decade. Victories over Watford and Stoke put Leicester top of the table in 2002/03. Back to back wins this season would go some way to justifying the odds bookmakers have placed on the Foxes for promotion.
But Charlton will not be pushovers. Chris Powell will have insights into Nigel Pearson’s pre-match preparations and likely game plans that few other mangers in the Championship will enjoy. His team is used to winning at home, in fact they lost just twice in League One at The Valley last season. The Addicks also scored in 42 of their 46 league games last term.
On the subject of goals, former Foxes forward Yann Kermorgant claimed 12 of them for Charlton last season. He missed a sitter at the weekend, but at the time of writing you can back him at 2/1 to open his Championship account tonight.