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SCOUT'S REPORT: LEICESTER CITY

11 March 2013


City have the chance to extend their Championship lead on Tuesday evening when Leicester City visit the capital.

The Foxes currently occupy the third Play-Off position on fifty-eight points. However, they are far from comfortable, as seventh placed Brighton are only two points adrift.

Nigel Pearson’s men have not been in top form lately, only recording a single win in their last seven matches. It sees them down in sixteenth position in the form tables.

But Cardiff will have to be careful as Leicester have won fifteen out of eighteen games when scoring first - a feat only bettered by Hull City and Brighton.

Key Players: Since the two sides met back in October, striker Chris Wood has joined from West Brom. Leicester snapped him up for £1 million after impressing during his loan spell at Millwall. He has scored eighteen goals in the league this season to date - eleven for Millwall and seven for Leicester.

Indeed Leicester are certainly not short of attacking talent, with David Nugent also in their ranks. The former England international has fourteen league goals to his name so far this term.

The goals could also come from midfield. The midfield pairing of Ben Marshall and Anthony Knockaert have thirteen league goals between them. If they are not scoring them, they are looking to set up their team-mates, as along with those thirteen goals, they have picked up thirteen assists.

And if City are to extend their lead at the top of the table, they will have to get past defender Wes Morgan and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Both players have featured in all thirty-six league games this season. Leicester boast the best defensive record in the Championship, conceding less than a goal a game.

Previous Meetings: There is nothing to separate the two sides when looking at their head-to-head records. Both teams have recorded twenty-three wins a piece with thirteen games ending in a draw.

In recent years Leicester and Cardiff have faced each other numerous times. This includes three games last season and five games in the 2009/10 season. That season the two teams met twice in the league, twice in the Play-offs, and also in the FA Cup.

In the last ten meetings the Midlands side have managed four wins and so have Cardiff. If the record books are anything to go by, this will prove to be a close encounter. Let's hope the Bluebirds can edge it.

Last Meeting: Leicester City 0–1 Cardiff City (22/12/2012)

Cardiff City gave fans an early Christmas present after securing all three points at King Power Stadium. A first half strike from Craig Bellamy proved crucial as City ran out 1-0 victors.

It was far from a straightforward three points though, as the home side hit the woodwork three times. Some exquisite goal keeping from David Marshall and two goal line clearances ensured that Cardiff restored a three-point cushion at the top of the Championship table.

Leicester City Line-up: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, Whitbread, Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Lingard), Knockaert (Marshall), Vardy (Waghorn), Nugent. Subs not used: Logan, Moore, James, Futacs.

Cardiff City Line-up: Marshall, Taylor, Turner, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Conway, Kim (Cowie), Mutch (Gunnarsson), Helguson (Gestede), Bellamy. Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Noone, Mason.

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