On one hand the omens for this match don’t look great. Leicester, the only Championship side without a point on the road travel to Middlesbrough, one of only four Championship sides yet to drop a point on their own turf.
Leicester haven’t won three league matches in a row under Nigel Pearson since his return. In fact they haven’t won three league games in a row for 19 months.
With a win Middlesborough could put themselves on their best home run for a decade. Not since 2002 have they won four hme league matches in a row.
But Middlesbrough fans, though there have been more empty seats than supporters at the Riverside this season, will know Leicester tend to leave the North-East with something.
Leicester have lost just once in nine visits to Middlesbrough – that the result of a freak Frank Sinclair own goal during the miserable 2001/02 campaign. The last four meetings have been drawn, although Leicester will feel a combination of poor finishing and even worse refereeing has left them short of three points in each of their last two visits.
Late goals have dominated Middlesbrough’s season so far. Six of ‘Boro’s 11 league goals have come in the final five minutes of each half. Six of the 12 league goals Boro have conceded so far this season have also come in that narrow space of time. Leave early at your peril.
Whilst both sides go into the match with the same number of points this will be the fifth game for Leicester against a side currently in the top half, but only ‘Boro’s third. Perhaps that makes the Foxes slight favourites. A point would do.