Foxes can keep their hopes alive by taming the Tigers
Without a win in the Premier League since early January, Leicester City are in desperate need of a boost. But they’ve only been beaten by more than one goal on two occasions, against Manchester United and Manchester City, since before Christmas so Nigel Pearson would argue that his team aren’t far away from turning the corner, though are running out of time to do so.
However, the Foxes did beat Hull City ate the KC Stadium earlier in the season and will be hopeful of a double. A goal from Riyad Mahrez settled a bad-tempered affair on Humberside and there is likely to be little quarter asked for or given in the reverse fixture as well.
Steve Bruce was involved in a touchline bust-up with opposite number Gus Poyet during his team’s draw with Sunderland last week and is feeling the pressure.
He freely admitted there will be a few more feisty encounters involving his team before the end of the season as the Tigers are almost as much in need of the points as their hosts being only five, and three places, above the relegation zone.
They’ve only won six times all season but two of these have come in their last four games, though both were at home – they haven’t won away since Boxing Day.
Leicester have only lost one of their last seven meetings with Hull City and won four. Defeat in this one would probably just about seal an immediate return to the Championship and that would be a pity as they have generally acquitted themselves well back in the top flight.
Only Sunderland and Aston Villa have scored fewer goals and that has been their downfall.
Jamie Vardy. Leonardo Ulloa and David Nugent all started on the bench at the Etihad last week as the manager went for damage limitation against the champions. But at least a couple of those are expected to start against the Tigers as it may now be time to go for broke.
Hull should have the ammunition to avoid the drop but it really is too close for comfort at present.
The Foxes are taken to grab a rare victory at 21/20 as they are better than the league table suggests. But it will be a tense affair so back no goals in the first half at 7/5.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 14 at the King Power Stadium.