Author: Graham Tower
Published: 10:55 15/01/2013
Leicester City will be attempting a fourth consecutive Championship victory when hosting Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium on Friday.
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The Foxes went third in the Championship following the 4-0 demolition of Bristol City on Saturday. January signing, Chris Wood scored a first half hat-trick to guarantee the points for Leicester and take his personal tally to five goals in two games since his permanent move from West Brom.
Manager Nigel Pearson has assembled one of the strongest squads in the Championship and the Foxes are looking to push for an automatic promotion place in the second half of the season. Victory against Middlesbrough will take Leicester into second place above Hull City who play away at Peterbrough on Saturday.
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The visitor’s promotion hopes suffered a setback at the weekend with an uncharacteristic home defeat to Watford. The 2-1 loss meant Boro dropped a couple of places to fifth but level on 47 points with Leicester who have a superior goal difference.
Middlesbrough’s away form has been streaky to say the least and the Teesiders are looking to turn around a run of six away games in which they’ve picked up one win and a draw.
Tony Mowbray’s side have yet to get the better of Leicester in the Championship. In eight previous meetings in this division, Leicester have won three and the other five have been drawn.
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