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Let's banish Leicester City's Boxing Day blues

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Since the turn of the century, Leicester City's Boxing Day record is not one likely to fill the fans with much festive cheer.

Out of the 12 games played, City have won just three, with five draws and four losses along the way.

Ipswich are City's most encountered side in the Christmas fixture – the sides having met on four different occasions in 2001, 2002, 2007 and last year in 2011.

This year, City travel to Nigel Pearson's former side Hull. It will be the second time City have faced the Tigers in the Boxing Day fixture. City picked up an away win there on Boxing Day 2006 so history, in this case, is on their side.

Here is a look back at some of the fixtures:

Date: December 26, 2000

Game: Premier League

City's first Boxing Day fixture of the new millennium was not one to remember thanks to a thumping defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Highbury.

At the time, City had the best away defensive record in the division but it was ripped apart largely by the quality of Thierry Henry, who bagged his first hat-trick for the club.

Ade Akinbiyi was City's scorer, to make it 2-1. But there was to be no comeback as Arsene Wenger's men gave City their biggest defeat since returning to the top flight in 1996.

Date: December 26, 2006

Game: Championship

It took City until 2006 to pick up their first win on Boxing Day since the turn of the century and it was against today's opponents, Hull.

City started well but it was the home side who took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Craig Fagan.

However, City got a deserved equaliser just before the hour mark when Gareth Williams' corner was met by the head of Patrick Kisnorbo. It was then Williams who became the hero when his thunderous right-footed strike.

Date: December 26, 2007

Game: Championship

As Boxing Day arrived in 2007, City, now under Ian Holloway, were having some serious Christmas blues, having gone seven games without a win.

But Richard Stearman glanced in a Stephen Clemence free-kick after just 12 minutes before Kisnorbo used his head to full advantage to score the second on the half-hour mark.

Happy Christmas indeed. Better not mention what happened in May.

Date: December 26, 2011

Game: Championship

Last season saw City face Ipswich for the fourth time since the year 2000.

After just 24 seconds, City conceded a penalty, but Kasper Schmeichel saved his team-mate's blushes.

Ipswich took the lead on four minutes when Lee Bowyer grabbed his second goal of the season.

Nigel Pearson looked set to lose his unbeaten home record since retaking charge at the club until Paul Gallagher's spot-kick saved a point.

Let's banish Leicester City's  Boxing Day blues


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