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Opposition watch: Leicester City

22 April 2014

The low-down on Tuesday evening's opponents from the East Midlands

A fixture in which Wanderers currently hold the upper hand with 26 victories as opposed to Leicester’s 22 in all competitions, the Foxes faithful would have to go back to September 1993 for the last time their side emerged victorious on Bolton soil.

A game which finished 2-1 in the visitors’ favour, the Whites have stood firm in front of their own fans in this meeting ever since, drawing four and winning two games at Burnden Park and more recently the Reebok Stadium.

It seems safe to say that clashes between the pair are rarely quiet affairs, with this season’s earlier meeting at the King Power Stadium yielding an eight goal thriller with six of the strikes coming during the first half of the game.

At BL6 however, Wanderers’ supporters will certainly remember the two sides’ draw back in December 2001 with the nine men of Bolton overcoming a two goal deficit to snatch a point at the death courtesy of Michael Ricketts’ strike.

With a stalemate in the corresponding fixture last term, the clash at the Reebok in November 2012 was the first league meeting between the teams in eight seasons given the Foxes’ relegation from the top flight in 2004.

Now due to return to the Premier League after an absence of a decade, Nigel Pearson’s Leicester side know that victory in Tuesday’s match will secure them the Championship title alongside their already confirmed promotion.

Having suffered the heartbreak of losing out in the semi-finals of the play-offs in dramatic fashion last May, questions were raised over whether the Foxes could again challenge for a place amongst England’s elite.

With their place in next season’s Premier League campaign confirmed with victory over Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month though, the Foxes have since suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion on their own turf but did emerge victorious over Queens Park Rangers in their last outing.

Saturday’s win over the Loftus Road outfit also marked frontman David Nugent’s 21st strike of an impressive personal season, with the former Bury and Preston North End striker’s scintillating form in front of goal having been key to the Foxes’ success this term.

Coupled with the efforts of Jamie Vardy who himself has notched an impressive 16 goals this season, Leicester have certainly never struggled to find the back of the net having done so 79 times in their 43 outings.

Despite having picked up just three wins in their last eight league games, the Foxes will be hoping that Tuesday’s clash under the Reebok floodlights is the one which finally confirms their place at the top of the table with the campaign heading towards its conclusion.

With Wanderers currently in a rich vein of form however with just one defeat in their last 13 matches, the midweek meeting looks set to be a feisty content come kick off.

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