After the 3-0 derby win over Nottingham Forest, Leicester will now travel to Hillsborough in search of another three points. The odds are surely in Leicester’s favour as the ‘Foxes’ are currently unbeaten in eight league games, while opponents Sheffield Wednesday have failed to win a league game in three, under the guidance of Alan Irvine.
Leicester, are currently on a brilliant run of games, as the month of February turned out to be a pulsating month for Nigel Pearson’s side. Leicester were unbeaten throughout the whole of February, however Leicester will need to do more of the same in the month of March, that’s only if they want to claim a play-off place at the end of the season. Home form has been key to the “Foxes” success this season, and they will want to claim wins away from home aswell, instead of a lot of draws. Leicester are currently 5th and are pulling away from 6th place Cardiff, if they can keep the good running going, Leicester will be 100% on course for the Championship play-offs.
Sheffield Wednesday, sit in drop zone of the Coca Cola Championship as league’s wins were few and far between in the month of February. ‘Wednesday’ only managed to claim three points out of a possible fifteen, a record which has seen them plummet back into the drop zone. It’s not looking good for Sheffield Wednesday as there are rumours that they could well be put into administration; however Chairman Lee Strafford has quickly squashed those rumours. Also in there last league match, Irvine’s side were thrashed 5-0 at the hands of on-form Reading. Sheffield Wednesday need to claim a win sometime soon, however I sincerely hope that it doesn’t come against Leicester tomorrow.
Leicester – Nigel Pearson will most likely stick with the first 11 which defeated Nottingham Forest last Saturday, therefore the likes of Yann Kermorgant, Nolberto Solano and Nicky Adams will most likely be on the bench again. Leicester has been struck with some very disturbing news, that defender Alexsander Tunchev will be ruled out for at least another six months.
Sheffield Wednesday – The ‘Owls’ could welcome back three players for tomorrow’s clash against Leicester. Darren Purse, Jermaine Johnson and Francis Jeffers could all return, however defender Lewis Buxton will remain on the Sheffield Wednesday sidelines.
Leicester – Paul Gallagher. Paul Gallagher has been in sensational form over the past couple of weeks, as he netted a hat-trick against Scunthorpe and a single goal against Nottingham Forest. On the other hand, Gallagher has failed to score away from home this season, but his away performances have still been class. Hopefully Gallagher will put in another great performance, however hopefully he can add a goal tomorrow as Leicester will try to make it nine games unbeaten with a win against ‘Wednesday’.
Sheffield Wednesday – Lee Grant. Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant is well established to this league, he has been an inaugural figure in the ‘Owls’ side for a good number of years now. After Sheffield Wednesday have failed to win a game in three matches, and with Leicester posing a great attacking threat, the man between the sticks will have to be on top form on Saturday. He has always been known to be one of the best keepers in the Championship, however can Lee Grant keep Leicester at bay tomorrow?
Leicester will be the strong favourites for this match, Nigel Pearson’s boys are fighting for a place in the play-offs while Sheffield Wednesday are fighting like beavers as they try and climb their way out of the Championship drop zone. You can never underestimate the ‘Owls’, however Leicester are playing very good attacking football at the moment, and with a shaky Sheffield defence Leicester could well unlock ‘Wednesday’ at times. Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Leicester City.
Kick Off – 3.00pm, Saturday
Date – 06/03/2010
Referee – TBC
Ground – Hillsborough
Managers – Nigel Pearson/Alan Irvine
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