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A Foxy Tuesday for Blues? The Leicester Preview

Tonight sees the Blues make the short journey up the M69 to face Leicester City at the King Power in their continued fight for promotion from the Championship.

Leicester City

It’s a rare home game for Leicester, who have played five of their last six games away from the King Power stadium. Whilst their overall form is okay in recent weeks (three wins, three defeats in their last six), they have only lost one of their last six matches at home in the league – against Barnsley in the middle of January.

Andy King, Martyn Waghorn and Darius Vassell are all still missing for the Foxes, and Nigel Pearson may ring the changes for the visit of the Blues after a poor defeat to Reading at the weekend. Paul Gallagher, Ben Marshall, Steve Howard, Sol Bamba and Jeff Schlupp are all in the reckoning for recalls as Pearson may look to shake up the Leicester side somewhat.


The draw against Coventry saw an extension to the dismal run Blues are having, having not won in three league games and winning only once in seven games in all competitions. Blues go to Leicester having not won away since beating Barnsley 3-1 last month, and have slipped to seventh in the table; however a win would see Blues leapfrog Middlesbrough, Brighton and Cardiff into fourth spot.

Blues have only two players definitely out through injury in Carr and Murphy; Jordon Mutch will sit the first match of a three match suspension out after being sent off against Coventry. It may be that Hughton decides to go to a 4-5-1 with Elliott being recalled in place of Huseklepp after the former Burnley man’s fine performance against Chelsea; I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gomis come in for N’Daw either.

This isn’t a game that I can see Blues winning; a draw would be a good result against a Foxes team that isn’t too far out of playoff contention themselves. For me, it’s all about how the midfield play – against Cov first N’Daw and then Mutch were both poor in the middle and carried somewhat by Fahey. If Hughton can get the midfield back firing on all cylinders, I’m sure the rest of the team will follow suit.

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