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Leicester v Plymouth – Match Preview

19 February 2010 by

Leicester City players and fans, will be heading down to the south west region for a second time in the space of five days. This is the longest trip of the season for the Leicester players and fans, as they will travel 240 plus miles to get to Home Park. Also for the fans coaches of Leicester City football club, they will be setting off bright and early tomorrow morning, at a predominant time of around 7.30am. Hopefully the “Foxes” can salvage a draw or a win from the Plymouth game tomorrow, if not it will prove to be a horrible day for the Leicester fans.

THE TEAMS
Leicester,
are currently unbeaten in five league games, as the “Foxes” are currently on an impressive run under the guidance of manager Nigel Pearson. However the Tuesday night fixture against Bristol City, could of well marked the end of Leicester’s run of four games unbeaten, but thanks to a last minute strike from winger Lloyd Dyer, Leicester were able to extend their unbeaten run to five games. Leicester could also go to at least 4th in the table tomorrow, only less results go their way that is, as Leicester need to beat Plymouth Argyle, and Cardiff and Swansea need to lose their respective fixtures. The last time these two teams met at Home Park, Plymouth and Leicester battled it out for a 0-0 draw, however that season was the relegation season, as Leicester plummeted into the third tier of English football for the first time. On the other hand, Leicester are a fresher team nowadays as they currently sit in a play-off place in the Coca Cola Championship, a much more resilient position than two seasons ago. Lastly, Paul Gallagher could well face his former club tomorrow afternoon.

Plymouth, are currently the 2nd worst team in the Championship, as they currently lay in the relegation zone. In Plymouth’s last six games they have been able to pick up seven points, which proves that they are on a very inconsistent run of games. However in their last two matches, they have picked up four points, as they defeated Barnsley last weekend, and picked up a valuable home point against play-off chasers Swansea on Tuesday. After sacking Paul Sturrock, current manager Paul Mariner started pretty well as the new leader of Plymouth Argyle. On the other hand current results have pushed Plymouth further away from safety. If they don’t gain a win against Leicester on Saturday, Plymouth along with Peterborough will be the sheer favourites for relegation.

TEAM NEWS
Leicester,
Paul Gallagher is likely to face his former club tomorrow, as Gallagher spent the whole of last season, on loan to Plymouth. Lloyd Dyer will more than likely be chosen over fellow winger Dany N’Guessan, while Stephen Clemence, Alexsander Tunchev and Matty Fryatt are all out with long term injuries.

Plymouth, could well be without key defender Reda Johnson for the game against Leicester. Meanwhile, winger Craig Noone and defender David McNamee are both likely to miss the clash.

KEY PLAYERS
Leicester – Martyn Waghorn.
The striker could well be the key asset for Leicester tomorrow. As Fryatt is injured, Leicester are currently looking towards fellow striker Waghorn for the goals. Waghorn recently scored a well finished half-volley at home to Scunthorpe, the frontman on loan from Premier League, Sunderland, is definitely staying at the Walkers Stadium until the end of the season stated “Black Cats” manager Steve Bruce earlier this week. He is quick, he is strong and he can score goals, the Waghorn and Gallagher partnership could well be vital tomorrow.

Plymouth – Rory Fallon. Fallon is currently the joint 2nd leading scorer for Plymouth this season. He has netted five goals in the league this season; however he currently is one goal behind fellow striker Jamie Mackie. The reason why Fallon is so vital to Plymouth’s game, is because he is strong and he is good in the air. Leicester centre backs, Wayne Brown and Jack Hobbs will have to be wary of Fallon’s presence tomorrow, or he could well trouble the “Foxes” with his flick ons.

MATCH PREDICTION
Considering these two teams are 17 places apart from each other in the table, and these two teams are trying to conjure up two different achievements, you only can see one winner in this match and that’s Leicester City. Plymouth are fighting for their lives, while Leicester are fighting for a play-off spot, Plymouth need all the points they can get at home, while Leicester’s away form isn’t that good, however they haven’t lost on the road in two games. Plymouth 0-1 Leicester

MATCH STATS
Kick Off – 3.00pm, Saturday
Date – 20/02/2010
Referee – TBC
Ground – Home Park
Managers – Nigel Pearson/Paul Mariner

Home Park

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