So it’s late Saturday night and it seems results went our way today.
All the opposition that counts, lost except for Brighton who drew.
It’s interesting to note there, that they’ve drawn 4 and lost 1 in their last five games.
Is that form good enough to keep you up?
I doubt it, given that all the teams at the bottom have won 1, drawn 1 and lost three.
Basically there’s nothing in it and wins are vital, as Newcastle have shown. A win at Southampton has helped them massively in the short term.
Indeed, a win at Leicester would propel us to 16th I think and we’d still have a game in hand albeit against Sheffield Utd at home.
To be honest, I doubt we’ll get a win at the King Power.
But we’ve proven that we can get a draw, as in the league cup.
I’d like to think we can get a draw again, as a best bet.
Nick a win and that would be a massive bonus.
I think it boils down to which team turns up.
We were abysmal against Southampton, but showed great effort in the cup final, where we’d have seriously threatened a lot of teams for a win if it was a normal Prem game.
The weather seems to be warming up a touch and that might suit some of our players better, which is a point that has been made in some of the replies.
I personally think that if you can’t play in the cold, you ain’t running fast and hard enough.
But then I’d also accept that the cold just doesn’t suit some players.
I’ll take any positive I can.
I’m not bothering with squad news, because nothing has changed and I frankly don’t care about Leicester.
Cut to the prediction then and that’s easy.
If we get really lucky, we win by a sneaky goal, say 2-1
If we get a bit less lucky, we snatch a draw, 1-1, which I’d happily take.
Go with the form and I’d expect us to lose.
And that’s what I’m going with.
A 1-2 loss.
Which will not be the end of the world, as we should expect to lose this one.
It’s more the manner of the defeat that I’m interested in.
If we’ve worked our guts out and really tried, I’ll live with it.
But if it’s another capitulation, I’ll be seriously worried.
I now think it’s beyond Dean Smith’s tactics and more about how much bottle the players have.