Date:Monday September 14 2009
Two of the recently promoted teams take to the stage tomorrow evening when Leicester host League One runners up Peterborough United at the Walkers Stadim.
The two sides have endured contrasting openings to the season, with Peterborough currently occupying 21st place, winless from their first 6 matches of the season. It has been a different story for Leicester, who have enjoyed a 100% home record to date, helping to propell them to 6th in the table.
Life in League One last year proved to be successful for both sides under the stewardship of Darren Ferguson and Nigel Pearson respectively, as both gained the all-important automatic promotion spots.
The last meeting between the two ended with victory for Peterborough at London Road, avenging the crushing 4-0 defeat handed out by the Foxes at the Walkers earlier in the season. Peterborough will also be looking to take the prize of ending Leicester's unbeaten home record, which now stretches to an impressive 27 matches.
Leicester goalkeeper Chris Weale: 'It will be tough, as is every game in this division. Every team has a good squad of players and they have one too. A lot of people are interested in them. They have not had the best of starts so they will want to impress on the night.'
Leicester have no fresh injury concerns, although Aleksander Tunchev is unlikely to feature as he recovers from a slight injury picked up in the 3-1 reserves victory over Derby County.
With a goal tally currently standing at zero, the big striker will be on the hunt for his first goal of the season against a Peterborough side who have so far leaked goals on a regular basis in the Championship. Clearly unimpressed with his own performance in Saturday's victory against Blackpool, Howard knows he must perform better to hold the striking competition at bay.
Manager Darren Ferguson has a virtually fully fit squad to select from, with the exceptions of Charlie Lee and Ben Wright, who both remain sidelined.
It has to be this man. After a relatively quiet no-show at the Walkers in the first clash between the two sides last season, the striker burst into life at London Road to rip apart the Leicester backline. It was his mesmerising run which set up Peterborough's second goal, in a faultless display. With pace to burn and a real eye for goal, Mackail-Smith is certainly a force worth fearing.
- After the 2-1 victory over Blackpool at the weekend, Leicester have stretched their unbeaten home record past the year mark.
- Peterborough are due a victory, after achieving their longest winless start to a season since 1988/9.
- They also carry the unwanted record of failing to keep a clean sheet so far this season, one of only four teams not to do so.
With Peterborough leaking goals on a regular basis and our home record as strong as it is, it all points to a Leicester victory. Nothing's ever that simple though is it? Still, Leicester 1-0 Peterborough
Leicester: Watford (A)
Peterborough: Reading (H)
Date:Monday September 14 2009
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