Would it be fair to call Bristol City a bogey side? Perhaps. Both Nigel Pearson and Sven-Goran Erisson know only too well that a home fixture agains the Robbins shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Last season the match at the King Power Stadium was supposed to be a home banker. City were looking to bounce back from their first unexpected defeat of the campaign. Instead coupons across the country were busted by summer transfer target Nicky Maynard.
In 2009 Nigel Pearson was looking for his side to make a quick recovery from the 5-1 drubbing at Nottingham Forest. Instead, the team looked helpless to prevent Birstol City taking all three points. Following that 3-1 defeat some called for the manager’s head.
This time though the meeting has much more in common with the match in February 2011. Then as now, City were looking for a fifth win in a row. 19 months ago they got it thanks to a late Martyn Waghorn winner.
A win for City this time would also be their fifth straight home league win. It would be their best such sequence at this level for a decade. It would also put them on 21 points, above the 2 points per game ratio Championship managers dream of.
But this isn’t in the bag.
Bristol City may have scored almost all their goals at home, but they’ve kept things faily tight on the road. Leicester will have to work hard to break down a side which has yet to go in behind at the break this season.
The Robins were one of four sides to do the double over Leicester last season. Don’t rule them out this time either.