Match Preview – Peterborough United vs Leicester City

It’s a good bet that these sides will be making their way out of the Championship in different directions come May.

The hosts – who’ve spent just 17 days outside the relegation zone this season – have never really recovered from a calamitous opening to the campaign. After opening the season with seven defeats Posh were seven points adrift of safety; now they’re six.

Meanwhile three points for the visitors would mean a sixth straight league victory for the first time in 20 years. Nigel Pearson’s men are the only Championship side yet to drop a point in 2013 and few would bet against them here.

Leicester’s most recent run has seen the return of a key Nigel Pearson trait. For some, Leicester tactics in the final ten minutes, especially in tight games, have been too negative. But the manager can point to a grand total of zero goals conceded in the final ten minutes this season. Three of Leicester last five wins have been by a single goal.

Some might argue Pearson got lucky – Kasper Schmeichel saved the day against Middlesbrough, and the width of a post saved the Foxes against Wolves. But don’t expect Pearson to change. This is a man who led Leicester to 14 wins by a single goal in 2009/10, including a 2-1 at Peterborough.

If Leicester do make it six wins on the bounce it would be a run unmatched by any other Championship side this season. In the last two seasons only Reading have bettered six straight league wins.

But to secure the win Leicester will have to overcome the loss of Chris Wood. Thankfully whoever Nigel Pearson partners with David Nugent will be given opportunities by Posh, who boast the second leakiest defence in the division.

Time for someone to take their chance.

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