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Bristol City vs. Leicester City

Ashton Gate

20/11/10

3 p.m

Preview: Bristol City vs Leicester

Sven-Goran Eriksson takes his Leicester side to struggling Bristol City on Saturday afternoon as the Foxes go in search of their fourth win in five.

Leicester dispatched high-flying Derby last weekend with a dominant performance at the Walkers Stadium, running out 2-0 victors on the day.

The win handed the Foxes their third victory four matches, a run which is slowly but surely putting the team towards the coveted play-off places.

Meanwhile opponents Bristol City have endured a difficult campaign so far, losing manager Steve Coppell after just two matches to set up an unwanted relegation scrap.

The Robins, now under the stewardship of Keith Millen, currently sit in the Championship drop-zone but have enjoyed some more encouraging results of late.

Luciano Becchio's hat-trick sank Millen's side at Elland Road last weekend, but prior to that victories against Swansea, Middlesbrough and Reading had provided welcome boosts.

City have drawn their last three home matches however, a run a confident Leicester side will be keen to end with victory at Ashton Gate.

A draw was the result in last season's mirror encounter between the two sides, David Clarkson's last-minute strike cancelled out by Lloyd Dyer's even later equaliser.

Vital Quotes:

Bristol City manager Keith Millen: 'Sven's a great manager with bags of experience and we're looking forward to this challenge.

'It would be nice to start the game well because we haven't done that at home for a little while. There should be a good crowd in attendance and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.'

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson: 'In every game, they are playing more and more as I would like to see them, moving the ball quickly.

'Of course, it is difficult to do that for 90 minutes every game, because you have an opponent who is aggressive, but we are doing it more consistently.

'If we carry on as we have done in many games now, I think the future is very good for us.

Bristol City Team News:

Bristol City will be without right-back and skipper Louis Carey, paving the way for Nicky Hunt, Cole Skuse and Christian Ribeiro to battle for the slot.

The game will come far too soon for star man Nicky Maynard, while fellow striker Sam Vokes is still not ready for first team action.

Player to watch: Jon Stead

The striker has been in useful form for the Robins this season, and is currently top-goalscorer with five in the Championship so far this season.

The tall striker looks to have finally found his feet in the division with City, and could well prove a thorn in the Leicester side if he plays his cards right.

Leicester City Team News:

Captain Matt Oakley should be available after his injury, but there are still issues over the fitness of Portuguese centre back Miguel Vitor.

The Benfica loanee has not yet returned to full training after injuring himself in last weekend's warm-up, meaning Jack Hobbs is likely to deputise once again.

Player to watch: Steve Howard

Over the last few matches the big front man has proved just why he was recently offered a new contract with a string of impressive performances for the team.

Clearly admired by Eriksson, Howard is a valuable asset to the Leicester side and will be hoping to grab another goal for his tally, perhaps this time in open play.

Match Facts & Stats

- Leicester have kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches.

- Based on the last eight Championship matches, the Foxes sit third in the form table with five victories.

- Sven-Goran Eriksson has overseen just one league defeat in his seven fixtures so far.

- Bristol City have struggled in front of goal this season with just 17 strikes, the third lowest total in the league.

- The Robins have conceded 15 home goals, again the third worst total.

Ref Watch:

C L Pawson Matches: 1 Yellows: 5 Reds: 0

Match Prediction:

A Leicester team in good confidence and good form. It's looking fairly neat and tidy at the back so I fancy us to win this one. Bristol City 0-1 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Monday 29th November:

Nottingham Forest (H)


The Journalist

Writer: JBFox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 19 2010

Time: 2:48PM

 

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