What Chance At Leicester?

26 Jan 2024 | 5 comments

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Talk of the FA Cup this coming weekend has suddenly become of real interest to many Blues fans. Leicester City away is now eagerly awaited, and with some confidence and expectation. Which leads me to say take a bow Tony Mowbray. Two weeks under his command has significantly reversed the despair that dragged the club down over the Christmas and New Year period.

What chance of Blues winning at Leicester? Well, not bad in my book. Putting aside the well worn saying of it being a free hit, we are now not a bad bet with the players available to Mowbray. Jay Stansfield, for example, who reminds me of a younger Jamie Vardy. As we have witnessed more than once already this season, Stansfield has pace and takes his chances in front of goal with confidence and aplomb.

Add the general improvement in team organisation since our new manager’s arrival, particularly tweaking the defensive formation, and you can see why confidence is currently high with many supporters.

Prediction of a result is always tricky. But for this upcoming game I am full of confidence myself, and therefore I predict a Blues win. That has nothing to do with Leicester, who are comfortably top of the league, possibly having their “other things on their minds” like Premiership promotion. No. It is the overall performance of our new Blues under a proper, experienced manager with a very safe pair of hands that convinces me we have more than a chance.

Tony Mowbray has already gained popularity with Blues fans, and rightly so. It is still very early in his tenure of course, but his knowledge and the way he has explained how he sees the club progressing in the Championship this season is obviously reassuring. But away from the league I have no doubt he would like a good cup run. And why not? The performance against Hull City in the third round replay showed a determination to succeed.

We can all stick our necks out from time to time and run the risk of ending up with egg on our faces. And football matches can be particularly difficult to call. But what chance Blues at Leicester? You know my view.

Mitchell Bray

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  1. Harry Parker

    Win, lose or draw, I think we’ll see a performance from Blues that will throw down a marker to the Championship that we are always a threat. After the way Leicester players goaded our fans a St Andrew’s, I’d love to see Jay leave Vestergaard dead for pace, rifle in to the net and tap him on the head on the way to the centre circle.

  2. Smithy

    After today’s announcement with yet another way forward regarding St.Andrews and Knightshead etc..it is only a matter of time before our club leave the likes of Leicester City in their tracks

  3. Mitchell

    Could have won today and should have. Loads of missed chances which looked like a drubbing by Leicester. Anything but in my view.

  4. Bill D

    Today’s game against Leicester in the FA Cup reminds me very much of another 4th Round match at St.Andrew’s against the same opponents on 13th February 1966. In front of 46,000 we put up a heroic fight but lost 2-1 after Dennis Thwaites had given Blues a 25th minute lead. Gordon Banks made, “a series of spectacular saves to keep his side in front” according to the Sunday Mercury and as one of the 46,000 on the Kop I can confirm that. One in particular from Alec Jackson was particularly memorable.

    Another parallel is that Blues had just been bought by Clifford Combes and Stan Cullis appointed as manager. He had worked wonders with the squad he had inherited and we were all looking forward to better things to come. As today we were languishing at the wrong end of the table. Better things did come but it took six years !

    • Mitchell

      Great reminiscent Bill. Dennis Thwaites (RIP) was class and always reliable. So pleased you raised his name. Thanks.

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