Levein wants more than a draw
CRAIG Levein insists the Foxes are without fear as Leicester City take on leaders Ipswich Town this afternoon, writes Derek Davis.The recently-appointed Leicester boss has taken heart from his side's away form, which has seen them lose just three games on their travels this season – and only once under the new management.
CRAIG Levein insists the Foxes are without fear as Leicester City take on leaders Ipswich Town this afternoon, writes Derek Davis.
The recently-appointed Leicester boss has taken heart from his side's away form, which has seen them lose just three games on their travels this season – and only once under the new management.
Unbeaten in seven, including two FA Cup games, City are confident they can pull off a surprise, just as they nearly did at the JJB Stadium when Wigan were at the Championship summit.
Levein said: "Our away form has been good, as everyone knows. We went to Wigan when they were top and did all right.
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"Ipswich will be favourites but, with this division being so unpredictable, we are going there with every intention of trying to win.
"We went to Wigan when their front two (Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts) were on fire and we came away with a 0-0 draw, but we will be hoping for more at Ipswich.
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"We know it is going to be a difficult game for us but we are not travelling there in fear."
James Scowcroft could miss out on a starting role with Mark de Vries, a recent signing by the new manager, likely to get the nod up front with David Connolly.
Dion Dublin (pictured above) is also pressing for a starting return, although the defensive pairing of Nikos Dabizas and Matt Heath kept another clean sheet at Crewe last week.
Former Rangers midfielder Stephen Hughes is also tipped to get a starting place in midfield, with Gareth Williams struggling with a hamstring injury.
Levein said: "Stephen has not been training with us for the last few days but he is fit, so playing him is certainly a consideration."
The manager also faces an anxious wait for influential midfielder Danny Tiatto, who played for an hour in Australia's 1-1 draw against South Africa in Durban on Wednesday night.
Tiatto did not arrive back until last night and will join his City team-mates in East Anglia this morning.
Keith Gillespie, who played for 75 minutes in Northern Ireland's defeat by a Canada side which included City second-string keeper Lars Hirschfeld in their squad, was back and is expected to start
Alan Maybury missed training as he continued his recovery from a flu bug which had kept him out of consideration for the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 win over Portugal.
Chris Makin is another who has been struggling with illness and may not be involved at all.