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Eriksson: Begins reign as Leicester boss

Eriksson: Begins reign as Leicester boss

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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

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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