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Preview: Leicester vs Barnsley

Leicester City
vs.
Barnsley

Walkers Stadium

22/08/09

3 p.m.

Leicester go into today's match with Barnsley in high confidence following their excellent start to the new Championship campaign. A midweek draw at Bramall Lane was secured, with Matty Fryatt grabbing his first league goal of the season along the way.

It's been rather a different story for our visitors, who have so far claimed just the one point from their three matches and sit rooted to the foot of the division.

Leicester have a good record against Barnsley, and coupled with recent form, manager Nigel Pearson will be looking for a positive result once more from his Foxes side.

Vital Quotes:

Nigel Pearson: 'It has been encouraging, that is the main thing. For the players, they will have seen they are able to compete with some of the fancied sides this season but again we are only three games in and there will be a difficult obstacle for us at some time.

'I am not saying the games so far have not been difficult, we have had to work very hard for the points we have got and I fully expect tomorrow's game against Barnsley to be no different.'

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester have two fresh injury worries up front, after both Steve Howard and Martyn Waghorn limped off with hamstring injuries at Sheffield United.

New signing Paul Gallagher, signed yesterday from Blackburn, could go straight into the side with other forward options low.

Player to watch: Paul Gallagher

The timely arrival of Gallagher gives manager Nigel Pearson breathing space up front following injuries to two key players.

After an impressive season with Plymouth Argyle where he scored 13 times to help the club stay in the division, Gallagher will be hoping he can make a similar desired impact at the Walkers Stadium.

Barnsley Team News:

Defender Rob Kozluk is back in contention after serving a suspension.

New signings Andy Gray and Icelandic winger Emil Hallfredsson are available to play after

Player to watch: Iain Hume

Recently returned after the horrific incident with Sheffield United's Chris Morgan, Hume will be hungry for action against his former side.

A huge fan's favourite at the Walkers Stadium in his time with the club, Hume will no doubt receive a warm welcome from the home faithful.

Match Facts & Stats

- There have been six clashes between the two sides since 1997/8, the Foxes winning them all.

- Barnsley have won only once in Leicester in nine league meetings, a feat achieved in 1994.

- The two sides possess the unwanted tag of league bad-boys so far, with nine cards shown each.

Match Prediction:

With confidence and morale sky high, a win is hopefully on the cards today against a struggling Barnsley side. Leicester 2-0 Barnsley.

Next Fixtures:

Leicester: Preston (A) (League Cup) - 25/08/09

Barnsley: Reading (A)(Championship) - 25/08/09


Writer:JBFox
Date:Saturday August 22 2009
Time: 12:17PM

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