There can be no doubt, the opposition we face will be the toughest test yet for the Reds. Ahead of Tuesday evening's fixture at Oakwell, we invited the Foxes' group Leicester Till I Die to tell us all about what they think we can expect from the visitors.
What were/are your expectations for 2013-14?
After last seasons play off misery, with the same team plus a few additions, I was hoping for a top two finish. Having said that, I thought QPR were nailed on for one of those places, so this made that hope harder going for the one remaining automatic promotion place. However, Leicester City are the kings at shooting themselves in the foot, so I would have been happy with a top six finish in what is, in my opinion, one of the toughest leagues in Europe.
What's been your favourite match this season?
To be honest there has been so many. The win over promotion favourites Queens Park Rangers at their place, the 5-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers, especially coming back twice. But if I had to choose one, it would be the 4-3 Capital One Cup win at home, over Fulham. It was a typical evening cup-tie, the atmosphere was great and to get the winner so close to the end sealed a great night.
Have there been many changes since last season?
No there haven't. That [stability] I believe has been the key to our success. Pearson has stuck with the same squad as last season. A few have left to comply with the Football League Championship's Financial Fair Play rules and we have brought in Mahrez and Kevin Phillips. But it is essentially the same squad, which means they can remember the pain of the bad run and the play-off defeat from last season and use that to mentally toughen up for the run in this season.
Nigel Pearson seems to have a habit of gaining success in the Championship, what's his secret?
He knows his best squad, his best formation and he sticks to it. Apart from cup games and allowing for injuries, you know the formation and starting line up that he will pick.
Who are the key players to watch out for?
All eleven! I'm not joking. We play as a team and if you mark one man out of the game another will stand up to take his place. Vardy [up front] will cause problems with his pace and Drinkwater and James will boss the midfield if you let them.
How will Leicester approach the game at Barnsley?
For certain, we will not take Barnsley for granted. You appear to be fighting for your life in the bottom three and your recent victory over Nottingham Forest shows you are no mugs. Nigel Pearson will make sure his team are up for it.
Here's a tip. Take a look at Leicester's last fourteen games and you will see what you will be up against. If you do go ahead, we have the best record in the division in coming from a losing position to win games - so be warned.
What's your score prediction?
Like I said, Barnsley are not to be taken lightly and I think it will be a tight game. I can see you scoring, but I think we will edge it on the night. My prediction, Barnsley 1 - 2 Leicester City.
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