If defeat to Barnsley last season was when many Leicester fans knew in their heart of hearts promotion wasn’t happening, defeat at Millwall was when it was over for real.
Leicester, who’ve lost on their last two visits to the New Den with sub-par performances, will not be offered an easy ride this time either.
Millwall’s impressive run of 13 games without defeat (a feat Leicester haven’t managed at this level since 2003) may have come to an end at Ipswich, but the Lions remain strong.
Kenny Jacket’s side have kept five clean sheets in their last seven league outings and are unbeaten in six on their own patch.
So how to win here? Some have suggested a more physical line up, but those voices have yet to explain why Leicester’s last winning eleven at the New Den contained a midfield quartet of not so noted hard men Matt Oakley, Andy King, Tom Cleverley and Lloyd Dyer.
Nigel Pearson’s strategy will probably rely on the defence which remains the strongest in the Championship.
The Foxes are yet to lose a Championship game by more than one goal, and matches between these sides have usually been tight. Leicester have made 17 trips to Millwall, between the sides just 31 goals have been scored.
And late goals seem unlikely, each side have conceded just once in the last 20 minutes of league matches this season.
A win for the Foxes would be their 1000th in the second tier. If for no other reason, the fact Kenny Jacket has just been named Championship Manager of the Month might have a few punters plumping for an away win.