Match Preview: Derby County vs Leicester City

It might have been a cruel equaliser, but Leicester’s draw at the Cardiff City Stadium means the Foxes are now on their worst run of the season. One win in eight matches is the sort of league sequence Leicester fans have not experienced since Paulo Sousa was in charge. If Leicester lose today Nigel Pearson will have equalled Sousa’s record of one win in nine league outings.

Truly, the only way is up.

Still, at least Derby’s form going into this match is no better. Nigel Clough’s men have taken just four points from 24, failing to win any of their last eight matches.

It’s a run which has seen Derby slip from a respectable 9th and mere six points from the playoffs to 15th – a dozen points adrift of the top six.

Five straight defeats in this fixture will hardly inspire Derby fans either. Since Amdy King’s bizarre own goal settled the game in 2010 the Foxes have won five in a row, scoring 13 and conceding just once.

But despite Derby’s indifferent season Pride Park remains a difficult place to go. Only three sides have come away with maximum points, though several more have taken a share of the spoils.

Unfortunately for Nigel Pearson a draw will only serve to create further doubts about his sides ability to turn around a poor run of results and solidify their playoff position.

He could do with some help from his strikeforce. Chris Wood (2 goals in 9 league starts) and David Nugent (0 goals in 6 starts) are overdue.

And with the Sky cameras watching City could really do with a performance that makes the rest of the Championship remember why just six weeks ago Leicester were the favourites for that second automatic promotion spot.

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