Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is no fool and he is not making the mistake of assuming that the Foxes simply have to turn up at the Kingpower Stadium tomorrow to put on an exhibition match and collect three easy points. The Foxes have not beaten the Addicks in the league since 2000: Pearson
However, the rampant Foxes are looking a much tougher prospect than in previous seasons. They are eight points clear at the top of the league and are on track for a return to the top flight. Their position at the top of the form table is a little less impressive as they have drawn two of their last six matches. Even so, they had no trouble dispatching Ipswich 3-0 last Saturday. Not only did James Vardy score his 12th goal of the season, but the Football League Paper reported that 'his constant energy made it impossible for Ipswich's defence to settle as they were torn about [surely 'apart'] by a man in [at?] the peak of his powers.' (Sub needed at the FLP). Mick McCarthy said after the game, 'Leicester are the best team in the Championship. They are streaks ahead of anyone else.'
In recent years, Yann Kermorgant has been a key factor in victories against Leicester, especially at the one time Crisp Bowl. The Leicester fans used to give him stick, the Breton's blood started to boil and before one could say 'Sacré bleu' the ball was in the back of the net.
Two things may help us this time. First, there is Hamer's fearsome beard which may distract attacking players. Second, there is Marcus Tudgay who as a Forest player will presumably have no affection for Leicester. Apart from that, I think that he is a smart loan acquisition. I know that he is 31, but I think that he will be a big help to us.
Odds (Coral): Leicester 4/9, Draw 100/30, Charlton 6/1