It’s safe to say that Leicester City have had a brilliant season after they secured promotion from the third tier of English football at the first attempt, the club are currently sitting in a play-off place and a trip to Wembley could well be on the cards. In the past month though when it looked highly likely that Leicester would claim a play-off place, the month of March proved to be a downward spiral on Leicester’s behalf, the team were doing so well as they claimed important wins over rivals Nottingham Forest and fellow play-off chasers Cardiff City, but the back end of March proved to be the turning point, as the Leicester fans watched the ‘Foxes’ slump to a five game unwinnable streak. However after Monday’s 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers the team from the East Midlands could well be back in business. With four games to go Leicester’s play-off place is still in jeopardy as most notably Blackpool are only 1 point behind them in 7th, it’s in Leicester’s hands now.
As I mentioned above there is only four games left in the 09/10 season for Leicester City and to be honest the run in which the ‘Foxes’ have looks fairly straight forward and simple. They still need to play relegated Peterborough and fellow strugglers Watford; while also on the agenda is mid-table Preston and Gordon Strachan’s Middlesbrough. Matty Fryatt could well feature before the season ends meaning that he could well shed limelight into Leicester’s play-off chances. Luckily for Nigel Pearson’s side hot on the heels Blackpool still need to play promoted side Newcastle United and 3rd placed Nottingham Forest. Those remaining fixtures point in Leicester’s favour, however on paper there is still a long way to go.
Leicester City’s next task is away at Peterborough United, in the last two season’s including the current one the ‘Foxes’ have never really been impressive against the ‘Posh’ and last time these two met at London Road, Peterborough trounced Leicester 2-0. It could well be a difficult game for the ‘Foxes’ but Peterborough will be missing plenty of key players, as Aaron McLean is out injured and George Boyd is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest. Leicester’s away form isn’t great but you can only see side winning this match and that’s Nigel Pearson’s side.
After the Peterborough match, Leicester will host relegation threatened Watford at the Walkers Stadium. Considering Watford had a brilliant start to the season there form has gone awol as they currently find themselves in 21st position. Malky Mackay was doing a grand job at Vicarage Road and when these two sides met earlier in the season Watford thought from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 until a last minute header from Dany N’Guessan sealed a point in Leicester’s favour. In past times Watford has struggled to pick up a result at the Walkers Stadium; however it could well be a different story this time around, as Watford will want to claim as many points as they can from their remaining five fixtures.
Leicester will then travel to Deepdale in what could well prove to be a difficult game for the ‘Foxes’. Preston though is struggling this season considering they were able to reach the heights of the play-offs in the 08/09 campaign. They are currently 17th in the Championship ladder and it looks highly likely that a mediocre season will be on the cards, Preston though defeated Leicester at the Walkers Stadium and the ‘Lilywhites’ are often referred as Leicester’s bogey team. Preston has good players in their ranks, as the likes of Ross Wallace, Neil Mellor and Chris Brown could well trouble Nigel Pearson’s side at times.
The last game of the season is against Middlesbrough and thankfully for Leicester that match will be played at the Walkers Stadium. ‘Boro’ and their home form could well march them on towards that lucrative sixth spot, the place which Leicester are currently occupying, but the last time these two teams met Lloyd Dyer salvaged a win for Leicester, it’s definitely a winnable game on the sides behalf. Middlesbrough though have been boosted by a number of new signings, as Gordon Strachan has dug right into his pockets to attract a number of SPL players including Barry Robson, Scott McDonald and Stephen McManus. Overall Nigel Pearson has done a magnificent job at Leicester and there is only one place that the ‘Blue Army’ deserve to go while under his guidance and that’s Wembley.