Bristol City head to the King Power Stadium on Saturday as they look to continue their recent strong run of form.
This looks set to be an entertaining clash with both sides picking up convincing wins during the week as Bristol City thumped Plymouth 4-1 at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, whilst Leicester eased past Norwich 2-0 at Carrow Road.
Leicester City currently sit 2nd in the Championship table having won all their games except one in which they suffered a 1-0 loss to Hull City, meanwhile The Robins are in the 7th spot having also only lost once so far this campaign.
Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson will likely be given a heroes welcome by the Leicester fans on Saturday. Pearson had two managerial spells at the club, which included a promotion to the Premier League. Robins midfielders Andy King and Matty James were also part of The Foxes side that pulled off the impossible and won the Premier League back in 2016.
“I can’t just sit here and talk about it and it not being an important part of my life,” Pearson said. “I have a huge connection. But there are four of us going back; I managed there over two spells, Dave Rennie was there for 25 years, Andy King for I don’t know how long – most of his adult career, Matty James has been there a few years. All in all there is a connection which is going to create some interest.”
“But you know what I’m like, it’s about being detached from that in terms of the preparation, and of course when the game starts. But I can’t deny it’s been a big part of mine and my families’ life. I’m looking forward to seeing people who I’ve not seen for a while but, having said that, we still have a job to do and we go there collectively with our intentions of being as good as we can be. If we play well, and catch them on a day when things aren’t quite right for them. I think they’ll be aware we can be a dangerous side.”
“It’s a tough game, they’re doing very well, have had a good start and we know they have a lot of depth to their squad with a lot of quality. But it’s not a game we should go into and have any fears about. It’s one in which, off the back of our last three performances, we should go into it with a positive mentality and the players should be looking forward to the game.”
These are two of the strongest defensive sides in the division, having only conceded eleven goals between them so far this term, five for Leicester and six for Bristol City. However, electrifying frontmen such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Kasey McAteer, Mark Sykes and Sam Bell will be hoping to make a change to that stat in favour of their respective sides, all four of which found the back of the net last time out.
Should Nigel Pearson’s men pull a result out of the bag then Bristol City fans will begin to dream of just how far they could potentially go this season.