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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Leicester in trouble

Having started the season promisingly, Nigel Pearson and his Leicester side find themselves bottom of the Barclays Premier League as we approach the Christmas period.

Leicester have lost eight games this season, the most recent being a 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool and are beginning to look destined for the drop with no signs that this recent run of form, that has seen them pick up only 2 points in the last eight games, is going to end anytime soon.

The Foxes have recorded only two wins this season, a 1-0 away win against Stoke and their thrilling 5-3 win at the King Power Stadium against Manchester United which was all the way back in late September, since then they have drawn twice and lost all the other games.

Goals have been the big problem since putting five past Van Gaal’s United side, Ulloa has not been as clinical since then and Nugent and the fellow attackers have been struggling to find the net.
Before Saturdays game with QPR, Leicester had failed to score in five games, in those five they conceded a total of 6 goals, not a terrible defensive record for a team near the bottom of the table. It is clear that if they begin to score more goals they will have a realistic chance of picking up draws and wins in the future.

Unfortunately for Pearson and his side who are undoubtedly low on confidence, the fixtures are coming quick and fast over the festive period and a team so low on confidence could struggle majorly in this period. To make matters worse in the next month Leicester come up against Spurs, Manchester City and they visit Anfield.

Based on these fixtures by January Leicester could be far off the pace and being bottom at Christmas is always a bad omen so Pearson will have to do something quickly to stop the rot and get the team going again.

They will need to invest in some players in January but as we have seen from their sensational win over Manchester United in September that the current crop of players are well capable of picking up points against any side.

The King Power Stadium and the atmosphere in there could also be vital for their survival hopes, once again referring back to the Manchester United game, the crowd were amazing and can really lift the team when they need it.

This weekend they pay a visit to Villa Park in a game they will be hoping they can get at least a draw and maybe, even at this stage, they need something from the game as to not fall away at the bottom of the league. Nigel Pearson himself may also be worried because if things don’t turn around soon he could find himself unemployed.

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