Leicester City have the Championship Points Record in Their Sights

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Leicester City have the Championship Points Record in Their Sights

One hundred and six, one hundred and six. We’ve got the record, one hundred and six – so Reading supporters are known to proclaim – to general bemusement from opposing fans, it must be said. After all, setting new bests in a league which isn’t actually the best is perhaps not all that much to shout about.

But that greatest ever Championship side from 2005-6, the individual components of which have largely fallen apart since (apologies to Shane Long), are now in serious danger of confinement to less than a footnote in history because Leicester City have won eight games on the spin and are sitting on a very tidy 63 points.

So notwithstanding the testimony of a Stoke supporting mate who saw Leicester live in the FA Cup and pronounced them to be ‘rubbish’, how do the Foxes’ fixtures stack up and can they beat the record?

Stealing the idea from message boards up and down the land – I make no apologies given the regular appearances of every word of our posts on club forums – here is my set of guesses:

Bournemouth (A)

A tight 1-0 win, maybe even secured with a fourteenth penalty of the season (yes, FOURTEENTH!)
Up to 66 points.

Watford (H)

After exacting neat revenge for last season’s anguished denouement with a quite brilliant 3-0 win in November, I fancy the Hornets to halt the run. 1-1 and an edge up to 67 points.

Nottingham Forest (A)

The Tricky Trees enacted an impressive away win at the King Power Stadium but I can see the Foxes gaining revenge by a goal to nil. Billy Davies will literally spontaneously combust. 70 points.

Ipswich (H)

Mick McCarthy’s men will make it difficult. An buttock clenchingly edgy 2-0 win. 73 points down.

Charlton Athletic (H)

A cakewalk. 3-0. 76 points.

Wigan Athletic (A)

A harder match post Owen Coyle and a potential pitfall. A 2-1 reverse. Still on 76 points.

Barnsley (A)

Despite the promptings of Chris O’Grady, a straightforward win given the gap in class via a 3-0 away triumph. 79 points

Blackpool (H)

Having seen the Tangerines in action yesterday, it would be hard to see them getting a point against the San Marino national team let alone Nigel Pearson’s men. 4-1 Foxes. 82 points

Blackburn (A)

With a large away following, a 2-1 victory should be achievable. 85 points and counting.

Yeovil (H)

After Yeovil threw away a 2-0 lead on a visit to the East Midlands yesterday, they won’t start so well again. 3-1 and a move to 88 points.

Burnley (A)

With the Clarets’ small squad running out of puff, an away win is more than feasible. 2-1 and up to 91 points in front of the TV cameras.

Sheffield Wednesday (H)

A much improved Owls side could nick a 1-1 draw as it all gets tense. 92 points.

Brighton (H)

A Tuesday night match under the lights and a controversial win against a talented Albion. 3-2 and up to 95 points.

Reading (A)

0-4 with another Adam Le Fondre hat trick. OK – I’m biased. Stuck on 95 points.

QPR (H)

A fixture that will already be etched into the mind of City fans and a 1-0 win earned via a sweeping move finished off by Anthony Knockaert. 98 points.

Bolton (A)

2-0 with two second half goals. Tense. 101 points.

Huddersfield (A)

On a roll now with promotion and the title long since secured. 104 points with a game to go.

Doncaster (H)

You know the rest – 107 points. Reading fans are back to having to suffer a rendition of ‘you’ve never won etc.’ with no handy retort. I don’t like it.

I don’t like it at all. SOMEONE PLEASE STOP THEM!

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

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