In the optimistic days of last summer Leicester’s run-in didn’t look this challenging. How wrong we were.
It says a lot about the difficulty of the Foxes’ remaining fixtures when a match against Millwall, a side looking for a fifth win in six league meetings with City, now looks like one of the easier games.
Indeed, this Easter weekend sees City play what could be their final two matches against sides in the bottom half. It only gets harder from here.
Just like Leicester, Millwall will be hoping the international break has bought an opportunity to reverse their decline. The Lions have won just three times since Chris Wood arrived at the King Power Stadium and taken just 11 points from a possible 39 since they beat City in December.
Leicester, currently on their worst run of form since Paulo Sousa was in charge, could end up turning the clock back even further if they fail to win tonight. Not since late 2007 have the Foxes gone six league games without a win.
To avoid that fate the likes of Wood (who remains Millwall’s top scorer this season) and Nugent need to find their shooting boots. Meanwhile Wes Morgan and co must keep out a Millwall attack that has, like seven other Championship sides, scored more goals on the road than at home.
Millwall saw off Sven last season, another poor result for the Foxes against them would pile more pressure on Nigel Pearson.
Leicester’s play-off hopes will become even more remote if they slip out of the top six this weekend for the first time since September.