In simple terms, a win is a must for Leicester City if they want to be playing Premier League Football next season. Anything other will surely mean a trip straight back down to the Championship and a breaking up of a squad that certainly had the talent to remain in the big time but without much luck and divisional expertise.
Now seven points away from safety, they need a win desperately and against a Hull City side who have struggled and remain in trouble themselves, despite handing manager Steve Bruce a new contract this week.
Manager Nigel Pearson seems to have settled on playing a back three, more than likely consisting of Matthew Upson, Robert Huth and the under fire Wes Morgan, who has come in for criticism from the Foxes faithful who believe he is out of his depth. The fans probably do have a point and we have looked more at ease with the experience of Huth and Upson.
The goalkeeping situation may come to a head this weekend to with Kasper Schmeichel likely to be fit and ready for action. Whether he can budge the veteran Mark Schwarzer out of the side remains to be seen, and bar a mistake against Aston Villa in the cup, he has not done much wrong.
Goals continue to be Leicester’s Achilles Heel and will remain so, whilst the gaffer continues to play just one up front. Foxes fans will no doubt let Pearson know how they feel should this remain the same on Saturday, against a team there for the taking. Kramaric has been a relative success but does not seem to have been able to show what we think he is capable off, often plying his trade up top by himself which at times has left him isolated.
It has gotten to the point where he needs to play somebody with Kramaric whether it be Ulloa, Nugent or Vardy to give them even a sniff of a chance of staying up. This may mean losing that extra man in midfield or reverting back to a flat back four and the traditional 4-4-2.
With a trip back to the Championship staring the squad in the face, if we are going to keep the likes of winger Riyad Mahrez then survival is the only option. Whilst he has not had the standout season the Foxes had hoped, he has been the standout player in a team where not much has gone right.
Hull go into the game looking in a better position than what they were in, back in January when they were in serious danger of a drop into the Championship. They now find themselves five points clear of the drop zone and know a win at Leicester will see them in a good position to avoid the drop and move themselves well clear of a relegation scrap.
Leicester have eleven cup finals left and nothing less than a win will be enough for the Foxes. With that in mind, expect Leicester to give themselves some hope with a hard fought 2-1 victory with goals from Kramaric and Nugent.