Leicester preview

Friday 26 April 2002

Leicester City will have winger Alan Rogers available for their penultimate match of the campaign at Fulham.

The former Nottingham Forest player has recovered from the knee injury which has kept him out of action since early February.

Rogers is added to the 16 players on duty in last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa along with 'keeper Simon Royce who has returned from a loan spell with Manchester City.

Midfielder Dennis Wise is back in training but it is considered too early for him to return after his torn thigh muscle.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Free spending Fulham take on Nationwide League bound Leicester in their last League encounter at Craven Cottage in its current guise. Next season the West London club will share with QPR at Loftus Road while their home is being redeveloped into a 30,000 all-seater stadium.

Before the fans bid a temporary farewell to the Cottage for its £70 million face lift, the venue must stage its first ever Premiership match between Fulham and Leicester, who move to a new stadium themselves next season, alas for Nationwide League football. This match is also the Foxes first League visit to the Thameside club for 19 years.

A third win on the trot in Jean Tigana's 100th match in charge could see Fulham in the top half of the Premiership table with an outside chance of European qualification, via the back door of the InterToto Cup. Fulham have won exactly 50 of their 99 League and Cup matches under Tigana.

But Leicester are keen to prevent that and avoid finishing the season with the lowest number of wins by any club in the Premier League. They have a mere four to their name, with just two more opportunities to equal or better the five victories by Swindon in 1993/94 and Bradford last season. Both those clubs picked up four wins at home and one away. The Foxes have achieved just two at home and two away.

That's despite a record of one League win (2-1 home to Blackburn) since the 2-0 success at Aston Villa on 1 December, and two draws since Mickey Adams took over as manager from Dave Bassett. Next season Adams will be coming up against his former club Brighton, who've been promoted to the Nationwide First Division.

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Fulham's last three home League meetings with Leicester have produced a Cottagers win, a draw and, most recently, a Foxes victory.

The Foxes won their most recent League visit to Fulham 0-1 in the former League - Division Two on 23 April, 1983.

Leicester also did the 'double' that season, having already won at Filbert Street 2-0. There won''t be a 'double' this season, as the reverse match was a 0-0 draw.

Fulham's only win in four home League meetings with the Midlanders over 34 years was 3-0 in the former League - Division Two on 28 April, 1979.

Leicester won their last top flight visit to Fulham. They enjoyed a 0-1 victory in the old League - Division One on 20 January, 1968.

No player has ever been sent off in this fixture.

CLUB NOTICE

The Club advises all fans to arrive earlier than usual for the Leicester game, as the level of pre-match searches for this fixture will be stepped up, to ensure than any irresponsible fans do not attempt to remove items from the stadium as "souvenirs". As a result, it may take longer than usual to enter the ground.

To celebrate Craven's Cottage unique history, there will be a Legends and Fulham Favourites parade through the eras on the pitch at 2.15pm, so make sure you don't miss this great spectacle!