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Eriksson: Begins reign as Leicester boss

Eriksson: Begins reign as Leicester boss

Sven-Goran Eriksson begins his reign as Leicester manager with a game against former Foxes chief Nigel Pearson and the Swede will hand a debut to his first signing Kyle Naughton.

However, Eriksson will be without Dany N'Guessan after the forward suffered ankle ligament damage during the club's mid-season trip to Thailand last week.

Defenders Michael Morrison and Miguel Vitor and midfielder Lloyd Dyer also sustained knocks in the Far East but are expected to be fit.

Assistant manager Derek Fazackerley believes Eriksson's wealth of footballing know-how will outweigh Pearson's inside knowledge of the Leicester players.

"Nigel Pearson will have a better insight than us into the players, that is just one of the quirks of the game," said Fazackerley. "But Sven has great credentials - you have only to look at his CV, it is second to none. It is a massive coup for the club to get Sven."

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard is struggling with a knee injury so John Bostock and Kevin Kilbane could come into contention for a start if he fails a fitness test.

Bullard's absence could also be tempered by the return to the squad of Caleb Folan.

Folan has yet to appear for Hull this season due to complications with a dead leg, while summer signing James Harper (foot), still waiting for his first appearance for the club, will travel with the squad, but is not expected to feature.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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