After picking up the pieces of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s short reign, Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City are beginning to look like contenders. Mike McCarthy from Foxblogger tells us what to expect from the home side.
Following last season’s upheaval, what are your expectations for the season?
For the past three years promotion has been the expectation. But after several setbacks and disappointments there’s a cautious optimism that perhaps this squad might be capable of realising the dreams of the owners and the fans. The division is really up in the air, but Leicester have already beaten several of the sides at the top of the league and hopefully this demonstrates clear potential and not another false dawn.
How has Nigel Pearson managed to position Leicester as one of the Championship’s form sides?
His formula has been pretty straightforward. Identify a first XI and stick as closely as possible to it. The Foxes have used very few players so far this season, only an injury crisis at the back has forced the manager to rotate more than he’d like. The stability looks to be paying dividends. The football is good to watch too, a far cry from days when the first instinct of a Leicester player was to look long.
Have there been many changes since last season?
It’s been an evolution. Things are starting to click, with some introductions from last season and summer signings like Anthony Knockaert are making a real mark of the first team.
What can we expect tactically?
Pearson’s has switched between 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-5-1 from week to week. At home he’s been more ready to take the initiative, so Leicester are likely to play with David Nugent being supported on the flanks by the likes of Ben Marshall, Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer. Meanwhile Wes Morgan will take command of things at the back, but then you know about that.
Who are the key players to watch out for?
Watch out for Danny Drinkwater, his performances of late seem to mirror those of the side – stop Drinkwater and Leicester could struggle to get things going in midfield.
What’s going to happen on Saturday?
Well Forest haven’t scored at the King Power Stadium in their last four trips, but Leicester will be the side with defensive issues to deal with this time. I expect a close game, maybe the Foxes will sneak it, but I say that more out of hope than expectation.