Match Preview: Leicester City vs Blackpool

Three games, three points. An opening day win followed by consecutive defeats. Comparisons between this season’s start and last are inevitable. Though one thing that can’t be compared is the manner of defeat. City did enough to get points from The Valley and Ewood Park. At home to Reading and Bristol City last season the same argument couldn’t really be made.

And yet there is pressure. Nigel Pearson could become the first Leicester boss to lose four games in a row since…Nigel Pearson. Back then Pearson had a League One title and an impressive 2009/10 to point to. Now his record has far more holes in it. Morale will have taken a big hit after Tuesday’s humbling at the hands of Burton Albion. Patience is not a virtue we’ve seen from the Raksriaksorn’s thus far. The manager needs to put points on the table.

It’s useful then that Nigel Pearson holds a pretty decent record over Ian Holloway. As Leicster boss his record stands at three wins and a draw. Leicester will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against the Ollie’s army to five.

Less promising for Pearson is Blackpool’s impressive start to the campaign. Three wins have seen Blackpool score more goals (10) and create more attempts on target (23) than any other Championship side. Just as impressive but less commented upon is the solitary goal the Tangerines have conceded. Only Hull can match their defensive record.

A fourth win in the row for Blackpool would be their first such streak in two years and the first time they’d opened a league campaign in such fashion since 1946. Three defeats in the opening four league games would make Leicester’s start only marginally better than the 1994/95 and 2010/11 campaigns. Enough said.

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