Match Preview – Leicester City vs Charlton Athletic

It’s fair to say the competition for second place in the Championship shows no sign of getting any easier. Hull, having played two games more than the Foxes, now hold a six point advantage. Leicester, whose games in hand include a trip to Cardiff and a home match against a revived Blackburn, will surely look at tonight as an evening when points can ill afford to be dropped.

Charlton are without a win in four, and haven’t recorded a victory in Leicester since 1991.

Despite defeat at Peterborough, the Foxes remain top of the Championship’s form table with the meanest defence and the division’s best goal difference.

So this has home win written all over it, right? Not so fast.

The Addicks have actually won more points on the road this season (22) than at home (18). On the road, they boast the divisions 3rd tightest defence behind Leicester and Hull. Despite their last victory over the Foxes coming over 22 years ago, Leicester haven’t themselves beaten Charlton in a league match since December 2000. The last three meetings between these sides in Leicester have been 1-1 draws.

Whilst it’s true that Charlton haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 13 outings in all competitions – they’ve picked up wins in unlikely places (Watford, Blackburn) and been responsible for Cardiff’s most embarrassing defeat of the season.

Then there’s Yann Kermorgant. Having already bagged one against his former club the Frenchman can be found at around 3/1 to score on his return to the King Power Stadium. You wouldn’t rule it out.

This one is likely to be tight, not least because Chris Powell as a former student of Nigel Pearson is unlikely to be surprised by anything his former boss throws at him.

The return of Chris Wood is a huge boost and his quality should tell, but that’s no guarantee that it will. Fingers crossed everyone.

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