Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Leicester City

Think of a good memory from the Reebok Stadium. Chances are it’s the image of Les Ferdinand snatching a stoppage time equaliser in Leicester’s last match of 2003. It meant City began 2004 outside the Premier League relegation places on goal difference. Hardly an abiding memory, it didn’t count for much at the end of the season.

And that’s the point. Leicester’s trips to the Reebok ranged from disappointing (a 2-0 defeat on their first visit under Martin O’Neill, and an extra-time League Cup exit in 2005) to infuriating. The Foxes throwing away and 2-0 lead against nine men remains one of the best (worst?) examples of Leicester’s hopeless 2001/02 campaign.

It’s hardly the place City fans would want to visit when the side is looking to avoid a third consecutive league defeat for the first time since 2010. A new manager in the home dugout won’t help matters either.

But Dougie Freedman has a job on his hands. Bolton have yet to win back to back games, indeed they’ve yet to have back to back draws or defeats – their season has been a textbook definition of inconsistency.

In attack they’ve lacked real bite – defensively they remain unconvincing. Leicester will have opportunities if players who have under performed in the last couple of games rediscover the form that briefly put the Foxes top of the Championship.

Three points separate the top five – none of whom have easy games tonight. Leicester could yet face Forest on Saturday as the league leaders.

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