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Rupert Wyman 6th Feb 2009 - 8:22

Leicester walking League 1

Leicester City have found life in League 1 like a stroll in the park. On Saturday they welcome promotion contenders Oldham Athletic to the Walkers Stadium in what is sure to be a test of the Latics' promotion credentials.

Before the weekend matches the Foxes are ten points clear of MK Dons in second and fourteen points clear of Scunthorpe in third. Barring an absolute collapse Nigel Pearson's side look nailed on to return to the second tier at the first attempt.

Oldham currently occupy the last play-off place, four points ahead of Leeds and eight points behind the second-placed MK Dons.

Leicester have boosted their squad with a number of loan signings this season. Defender Jack Hobbs has joined from Liverpool, midfielder Tom Cleverley from Manchester United, full-back Kerrea Gilbert from Arsenal and most recently experienced centre-back Wayne Brown from Hull City.

At one stage the Foxes had Mark Davies on-loan from Wolves before they sold him to Bolton, where he has been starting in the Premier League. With Davies departed much quality still remains at the Walkers Stadium and not all of it is borrowed. The stand-out player for Leicester this season has been top scorer Matty Fryatt.

The hitman has 20 goals this season and most importantly for City has signed a new contract to extend his stay beyond the end of the season. To open the scoring on Saturday Fryatt can be backed at 7/2 with a goal in the 90 minutes available at 10/11.

In recent weeks Fryatt's strike-partner Steve Howard has been grabbing more of the goals and he is a 5/4 shot to score at anytime.

In midfield Leicester have had superb seasons from Lloyd Dyer, Andy King and captain Matt Oakley, all three are also goal threats as it has not just been the strikers scoring. That is what makes this Leicester side so dangerous as proven by their 58 goals in 29 matches so far.

In the match betting Leicester are unsurprisingly 4/6 favourites and this looks a bit of value. Last time at home Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw by lowly Brighton, but before that they had won nine consecutive league matches at the Walkers Stadium.

Although Oldham themselves are a decent side as proven by their league position, however a win at 10/3 appears to be a bit out of reach but a draw at 12/5 could be possible.

On the road John Sheridan's side are without a win in three including a 5-0 hammering at struggling Hereford.

But with some of the players in the Latics side then they are a danger to anyone.

Oldham's strikeforce is a large and larger combination as Lee Hughes with 15 goals to his name this season is partnered by veteran Dean Windass who is on-loan from Hull City.

Hughes is priced at 2/1 to score and Windass is available at 9/4.

As well as this experienced duo there are further oldheads to be found in the Oldham team with goalkeeper Mark Crossley and defender Sean Gregan.

One of the stars of the Oldham side though is young left-winger Chris Taylor. He has eight league goals to his name and looks value at 11/2 to score during the match.

Be sure to join us for the 17:20 kick-off - when the action gets underway you'll still be able to get a bet on. Whatever happens in the match, our betlive service will have all the angles covered.

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