Peter Swan: Hull City v Leicester will be Christmas cracker as two best sides in Championship face off
THE two best sides in the Championship will go head to head at the KC Stadium on Boxing Day in a Christmas cracker I can't wait for.
I know Leicester are in fifth place heading into the contest, and were beaten at home by leaders Cardiff on Saturday, but I still think they are the best side I have seen other than the Tigers.
If anybody watched the Foxes' game against Cardiff, they will have seen how many chances they created. They were the better side and were unfortunate not to have won the game.
Leicester inflicted upon City one of their worst defeats of the season at the King Power Stadium earlier in the campaign, as Steve Bruce's men were outplayed.
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They surprised us on that day, as we were all expecting Nigel Pearson to try and come up with tactics to nullify City's attacking threat.
However, he sent his side out to attack City and go all out for the three points, and they were hard to handle.
Like the Tigers, Leicester have many dangermen in their side and they come at their opponents from all angles.
Many people accuse Pearson of being a boring manager with boring sides, especially Tigers fans, given his approach when manager at the KC Stadium.
If they look at what he has done at Leicester though, they will see he has had a different approach.
Yes, he builds sides around a solid defence, but with the Foxes he has recognised he has attacking talent in abundance and has set his team out to go for victory and attack.
When at the Tigers, Pearson was limited in his options, and lacking the same sort of flair and creativity in his side, he looked to grind out results, which City often did.
As I say, for me, this is a clash between the Championship's top two sides, and although I expect both teams to be positive, I can see it being a tight affair.
It's one of those games that is almost too difficult to predict, but for me the Tigers are on a roll at the moment, and just have the edge going into this key contest.
My money is on City to end the year in style and sign off from 2012 with another victory at the KC Stadium, a 1-0 win with the goal coming from a set piece.
Then bring on 2013 and hopefully promotion to the Premier League.