Last season when Nigel Pearson had to take his Leicester side to Hull mere weeks after walking out of the KC, Foxes fans got a unique chance to see things from the past in a new way.
Remember how it felt to see Brian Little in the away dugout days after he’d walked out on Leicester? The anger, the betrayal? Leicester fans at the KC last year must have felt a little like their Villa counterparts from 1994. It was an important game, but perhaps it just didn’t mean as much to both sides.
The anger on Humberside might be cooling after the Tigers posted their best league start in 19 years with that midweek win at Leeds. Hull have won their last three, scored 10 times in the process. There’s not doubt Steve Bruce’s side will offer much more going forward than Burnley.
But for Leicester this is a chance to restate their claim as promotion contenders. For the first time this season the form table and the league table are beginning to separate. Defeats for Blackburn and Cardiff might be blips, or signs that early season form has been deceptive. How ever you look at it, 15th is a false position for the Foxes.
It’ll be tight, both last season’s meetings were 2-1 victories in favour of the home side. Perhaps if Leicester can keep 10 men on the pitch this time (something they failed to do in both corresponding fixtures last season) they’ll give themselves a better chance of imposing their will on the match. Scoring in the first half (another thing the Foxes have failed to do in the Championship so far this campaign) would also help.
A win for Leicester would be their fourth in a row at home. It would put Leicester back in touching diastase with the leading pack. But Nigel Pearson will know only too well that Sven’s tenure came to an end after he failed to win a fifth successive home match. And there probably isn’t a Hull fan who wouldn’t raise a smile at that prospect.