It used to be the case that teams on a bad run of form would find themselves handed three points by Leicester City. That was certainly the case when these sides met earlier in the year.
Barnsley had lost five of their last six in all competitions, but thanks to identical goals (designed in no small part by Danny Drinkwater) the Tykes picked up their first win in Leicester since 1994.
This time Barnsley arrive without a win in nine, it’s their longest winless run in two and a half years. Largely that’s beacause goals have been very hard to come by. No Championship side has scored fewer than Keith Hill’s side.
So Barnsley fans must be delighted to learn half the sides to visit the King Power Stadium this term have failed to score.
And if Barnsley manage one, that’s usually it. They’ve scored twice or more in a league game just once this season. That’s not the sort of form to inspire confidence when facing a home side that have scored 10 in their last two outings in front of their own fans.
Worse still for the visitors, if Barnsley haven’t scored by half time, it’s unlikely they will at all in this match. Leicester have conceded just four goals in the second half of Championship games this term.
But back in January, as now, Leicester expected to beat Barnsley. After last season’s visit Nigel Pearson talked of delusions of grandeur. He was right.
Leicester managed to win just 12 points from a possible 36 against teams in the Championship’s bottom half last season. With five wins from five games against bottom half teams this season Leicester have already exceeded that total.
Making it six from six would further vindicate the changes Nigel Pearson has made since that miserable afternoon 11 months ago. It would also set up Leicester well for a tricky festive fixture programme.