Match Preview: Leicester City vs Blackburn Rovers

It’s a sign of how dramatically expectations have changed in the last few years that one point from nine has been enough for some fans to write off the season.

Long gone are the days of the mid-2000’s when Leicester would regularly go between eight and ten league games without a win.

Expectations have risen, and rightly so – but there comes a point when all the money in Thailand can’t tame the wild fluctuations of the Championship.

The season is far from over, and Leicester have a chance tonight to prove exactly why. This match – one of two games in hand for the Foxes – could see them claw back a big chunk of the eight point gap between the Foxes and the top two.

So far, all of Leicester’s blips have been temporary. Early league and cup defeats in August were followed by a run of seven wins in nine. Two points from 12 in late October and early November was followed by a 6-0 demolition of Ipswich and later a 4-1 trouncing of Derby. A similar spell of poor results over Christmas was followed by five league wins on the bounce.

In each downturn the squad and the manager have been questioned. Three times they have responded emphatically. Is it really sensible to write off another run?

Blackburn know something about form – they’ve struggled for it ever since they went undefeated in the season’s opening six league games.

But in Jordan Rhodes the visitors have a player who can be depended upon to provide a real threat. 11 of his 19 league goals for Rovers have come on the road. And though he hasn’t found the net in four games you would find many a striker in the Championship willing to swap his barren run for theirs.

Rovers have become the Championship’s draw specialists away from home. Nine times they’ve taken a share of the points on their travels. Leicester will have to be wary of a repeat of last Tuesday night.

But if tactical lessons have been learned Leicester should have enough to seal a much needed three points tonight – and no-one would much care if they snatched victory in the manor Rovers did in the reverse fixture.

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