Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson welcomes his old club Hull City to the King Power Stadium in the npower Championship this weekend.

Here, we preview the game with the help of a supporter from each club.


Leicester Cityrmurrant-leic-fan

Name: Ryan Murrant.

Club: Leicester City.

Number of years as a supporter: I went to my first game in 1981 when I was four.

Favourite moment as a fan: My favourite era was under Martin O'Neill because it was just brilliant. Winning the League Cup at Wembley was great and Steve Thompson's equaliser to make it 3-3 [in the Play-Off Final] at Wembley in 1993, even though we lost the game, was exhilarating. But, watching Leicester in Europe was the highlight, particularly the away games. We played Red Star Belgrade in Vienna, and Atletico Madrid. Totally unlikely to happen again in my lifetime!

How many games a season do you attend? I live in Chichester now and work for another football club, so it's hard. I probably go to more away games than I do home.

Where do you sit? Block G1 in the East Stand.

 Hull Citybbrewer-hull-fan

Name: Bob Brewer.

Club: Hull City.

Number of years as a supporter: Since 1965, so 47 years for my sins. I've seen more downs than ups!

Favourite moment as a fan: Promotion to the Premier League. Deano [Windass] scoring the winner at Wembley really was an incredible moment. And we took a lot of teams by surprise in that season. Arsenal, Newcastle United and Spurs [Tottenham Hotspur] stick out. Some of my friends and family weren't around to experience that year, so I feel very fortunate. Beyond that you're looking at moments when we've knocked top-flight teams out of the FA Cup.

How many games a season do you attend? I see all home games and the occasional away match.

Where do you sit? In the South Stand, behind the goal.



What happened in your last match?

RM: We beat Burnley on Wednesday despite being behind at half-time. I must admit I expected us to lose from there. With Pearson as manager, you'd expect us to be solid defensively but we haven't been. We conceded two sloppy goals at Wolverhampton Wanderers and I feared our heads would drop after going behind. Last year, we tended to play better in the second half having been slow out of the blocks and it's happening again. It just feels like there's something wrong in the camp at the moment. Jermaine Beckford isn't getting a game and Neil Danns, our best player last year, is also missing. So I wonder if there's unrest?

BB: We beat Leeds 3-2 away from home in midweek. And, the win last Saturday [against Millwall] was exceptionally good. We were 4-0 up and cruising by half-time. The only disappointment was that we took our foot off the pedal in the second half. It was a comfortable victory but it could have been more if we had kept the pressure on.

Why is this game important?

RM: I think the team has a lot of potential but we need to keep winning games. And while I don't think Pearson will be thinking too much about Hull from a personal point of view, I think his return to Leicester has created some sort of rivalry between the clubs.

BB: I think it's a big season for both clubs. Leicester have lost three games away from home but have been doing very well at home. We beat Leeds away this week, who in the past we've slipped up against, and we were unlucky to lose at Blackburn Rovers after playing well for much of the game. We need to pick up more points on our travels. There will be a small number of Hull fans who feel angry with the way Pearson left. Personally, I don't feel he ever wanted to leave Leicester in the first place. He'd taken them to the Play-Off Final the year before. To be fair to him, I think he's set the foundations for where we are now.

How do you see this game going?

RM: We will have to defend better than we have been doing to win and it will be a tough game for Leicester. Hull have done very well and Steve Bruce is a good npower Championship manager. They absolutely hammered Bolton Wanderers and Millwall, and scored three at Elland Road in midweek. They've only conceded five goals, so they're doing everything right. Abdoulaye Faye is scoring for fun and Robert Koren is a great Championship player.

BB: Confidence is building match by match. We need to build on the Leeds win and take that form into this game. I think we'll do it as well - I'm confident there are good times ahead for Hull.

Who should we keep our eye on?

RM: It's nice to see David Nugent score in the week. He had been stuck on 99 League goals for a long time. Also, it's good to see Jamie Vardy play. He's a great young player. It's also good to see Anthony Knockaert start at the moment. He's a showboater but a fantastic player who creates a lot of chances. Ben Marshall can also create chances.

BB: We've got a new guy from Rangers called Sone Aluko. He's settled very well and is clearly a class above. I think there's a link between him and Steve Bruce from Birmingham that led us to acquire his services. Abdoulaye Faye has started well and Stephen Quinn - from Sheffield United - looks a good acquisition.

Any memories of previous encounters?

RM: I remember going up to Hull when Pearson was there. It was a weird atmosphere. It was freezing. It was like watching Leicester playing Leicester reserves - very bizarre. Pearson's exit had been very strange. He had done well to get us into the Play-Offs in the previous year and was shipped out and replaced with Paulo Sousa. At the time I didn't want him to go and I don't think he wanted to leave. He'd got us out of League 1.

BB: It's pretty much honours even between the sides at the moment after last season. I remember us taking the lead through Matty Fryatt in one game at their place, which spiced things up. We ended up losing 2-1 after two second-half goals.

Score prediction?

RM: 2-1 to Leicester.

BB: 2-1 to Hull.