A cold February night is about to be warmed up by a promotion showdown.

There’s no rest for the wicked and the teams in the Championship must be as wicked as sin. After eleven games over the weekend another eleven take place tonight with The Foxes visiting promotion rivals Cardiff City.

Martyn Waghorn’s injury time winner in Friday night’s win against Bristol City sparked huge celebrations amongst the 28,000 strong crowd and gave the Foxes their fifth consecutive victory. Another win tonight could see them move within one point of the Welsh club. Cardiff’s defeat on Saturday was their first in six and a setback that saw them drop to fourth in the table.

With both teams showing form and Cardiff’s reputation for giving no quarter it will be a game to warm up a cold February night in South Wales.

Low temperatures are nothing new to Norwegian Ivar Tisthammer, a member of the Leicester City Supporters Club Scandinavian Branch and the editor of norfox.net website, also known as The Cunning Fox. He also runs the soccervoice.com website and being Scandinavian he is a great fan of Sven-Goran Eriksson, so I asked for his thoughts about him managing his beloved Foxes.

“He is a footballing man and knows how to get things in order. With money he is a danger to everyone in the footballing world. Sven showed during his time at IFK Gothenburg, his start as a football coach, that he can build teams from scratch without big money. He knows how to handle stars, but I believe if he can manage to get Leicester City up from the Championship that it will be a totally new experience for Sven, to promote a team to the top floor.”

Eriksson has a pedigree and has injected Leicester City fans with hope and Ivar feels with the new owners there’s a different atmosphere around the club.

“The new owners are there, but really, if they back Sven, and everything is ok with the financial part and the football matters, then I am satisfied. From the outside everything looks harmonic and planned. Leicester have in the past, during Martin O’Neill’s period and with Micky Adams, been under financial stress and ownership battles. Martin went through a turbulent period with a long battle in the boardroom during his period at the club. Adams experienced a promotion and an administration in the same season. Both managers had success, so hopefully Sven will get what is needed and take City up.”

With this run of form and confidence high there is a feeling that Leicester’s momentum at this crucial part of the season could see them make the play-offs and go up. But Ivar is hoping for more.

“If the team can keep the run they have at this time, we will go straight up, and yes I believe with the current team and squad, which is maybe the strongest in the Championship, that City will reach the play-off, but also not totally unreal that a straight promotion is possible.”

“Fingers crossed and at the moment I am lucky to be a City fan!”

Another three points against the Bluebirds will certainly give weight to Ivar’s suggestion Leicester can get automatic promotion. With 43 points from a possible 66 Eriksson has clearly had an effect on the players down at the Walkers Stadium.

Thanks to Ivar for his thoughts and please visit http://www.norfox.net and http://www.soccervoice.com

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