Last season one of the major charges against Nigel Pearson’s Foxes was the number of poor results against sides in the bottom half of the table. City picked up just 14 points from a possible 36 at home against sides the promotion contenders had no issues dispatching.
It’s four wins from four at home to sides in the bottom half this season. Away from home it’s a different story, but at the King Power Stadium the Foxes have been getting the job done.
Ipswich have the worst attack in the Championship and the division’s second worst defence. A little more context. Leicester have conceded 16 goals this season, Ipswich have conceded that many in just the last 30 minutes of league games. It’s a fact that’s seen them drop no fewer than 15 points from winning positions this season. If they’d held onto those leads the Tractor Boys would have 28 points, enough to put them above Leicester in 5th.
Ipswich though are on a new trajectory. Mick McCarthy has led his new side to two wins in three. They’re looking for their first back to back wins of the season.
Meanwhile Leicester are without a win in four. The Foxes are looking at five without a win for the first time since last December – a run that saw City drop from the playoffs to 14th. A negative result in this game could come see the completion of a drop from top spot to the 7th.
Recent performances haven’t on the whole justified gloomy statistics like that. But a win against Mick McCarthy’s men would settle a few nerves.
It’s difficult to remember a Leicester side beating a team led by the former Republic of Ireland boss, but it has happened. Leicester last beat a Wolves side led by the Yorkshireman in 2006, a 2-1 win sealed in the 90th minute by Levi Porter.
What’s he up to these days?