Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson will be hoping that everything has finally clicked into place ahead of this weekend’s tough-looking trip to Cardiff.
The Foxes were huge pre-season Championship favourites after splashing the cash in the summer but it’s fair to say that they haven’t been firing on all cylinders so far, with home defeats to Bristol City and Reading already this season.
But in recent matches they have beaten promotion rivals Brighton and Southampton and last Saturday’s home win over the Seagulls was seen as a crucial one, with the Walkers Stadium club moving up to ninth.
The long trek to South Wales won’t be easy though and Malky Mackay has enjoyed a good start since taking over from Dave Jones in the summer.
The Bluebirds currently occupy the last play-off place and this weekend’s encounter will be a good test for both clubs as they look to make a sustained challenge for the Premier League.
The two clubs also meet in the Carling Cup in midweek and Ben Turner’s Cardiff debut has been delayed further with the defender suffering a groin injury in training.
Turner has not played since suffering a knee injury last November while Bluebirds boss Mackay must also decide whether to select fit-again Stephen McPhail.
Leicester full-back Michael Ball is in contention if he overcomes a calf problem but Matt Oakley looks set to miss out after being ruled out of the League Cup clash with a back complaint. Michael Johnson is fit again, however, following a recent knee problem.
The match between two Championship heavyweights kicks off at 13:15 this Sunday and it could be a pivotal encounter – with pressure never far away from former England boss Eriksson, considering how much of the owners’ money he has spent. It’s tough being a manager.