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PREVIEW: LEICESTER CITY

30 September 2013

Ben Barrett previews the visit of Leicester City.

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Yeovil Town are back in action under the lights as they host Leicester City at Huish Park on Tuesday night.

The Glovers go into the game positioned just outside of the relegation zone following a well-earned point away at Bolton at the weekend.

Ed Upson’s long rang strike wasn’t quite enough to secure all three points as Alex Baptiste grabbed a scrappy equaliser late into stoppage time at the Reebok.

Leicester, on the other hand, are lying in third place and on a fine run of form which has seen them go unbeaten throughout September and score at an impressive ratio of 2 goals per game.

At the weekend, the Foxes won 2-1 at home to Barnsley, former England goal scorer David Nugent on target twice, once from the Penalty spot.

Leicester have been given no fewer than seven penalties this season (Nugent converting five of those), and one in each of their last four league games. That does mean however that Leicester have scored more penalties than Yeovil have scored league goals.

As for the squads available, Leicester will be without one man, Neil Danns who was loaned to Yeovil’s opponents last Saturday, Bolton. They also signed Polish International Marcin Wasilewski and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, both free agents through the summer.

Yeovil will have vice-captain Byron Webster available for selection once more after his three match ban finally came to an end at the weekend. However, he’ll have to displace the potential home debutant, Shane Duffy or Danny Seaborne if he wants his position in central defence back.

It could be the first time that the majority of Glovers fans have had chance to see Paddy Madden back in action. The Irish international made his return from injury on Saturday.

For the visitors, both Chris Wood and Sean St Ledger are doubts for the game with hamstring and knee injuries respectively. They could play with skipper Wes Morgan at centre back; Morgan will live long in the memory of Yeovil fans, if he wants to drop a back pass 20-yards short for Paddy Madden much like he did for Lee Morris back in 2007 we would be more than happy.

The two sides have met before during the 2008/09 season. Leicester had dropped into League One and were in the process of getting out at the first attempt.

They beat the Glovers 1-0 at the King Power Stadium and in the reverse fixture the Foxes came out 2-0 victors.

The second game was live on TV but again, Leicester won through goals from Steve Howard and Joe Mattock. But all of that is history; could it be third time lucky for the Glovers?

Tickets for Tuesday night are still available right up until kick off; in a recent radio interview Byron Webster said that Yeovil ‘weren’t far off giving someone a hammering’, you wouldn’t want to miss it, especially if it happens this midweek.

Famous Fans: Who might you meet in line for a hotdog?
Match of Day presenter Gary Lineker, as well as his Football League Show compatriot Manish Bashin. Two members of Kasabian and not forgetting Engelbert Humperdinck.

A foot in both camps. Who have played for both sides?
Lee Cox, Kerrea Gilbert, Lee Morris, Lee Peltier, Tom Parkes, Andy Welsh, Chris Weale and Leicester legend Muzzy Izzet did turn out for a Yeovil XI in Terry Skiverton’s testimonial. 

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