Fortunes change rapidly in this league - Leicester City's Ritchie De Laet
Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet believes tonight's opponents Blackburn are an example of how quickly fortunes can change in the Championship.
Just over two weeks ago, City were sitting in second place in the automatic promotion spots but one point from their last three games has seen them slip down to fifth – eight points off second.
However, victory tonight over Rovers would see City close the gap to five on Watford and still have a game in hand.
Rovers have tasted defeat only once in their last eight games and their form has re-ignited their own promotion hopes.
De Laet said their transformation under new manager Michael Appleton demonstrates how City can get their promotion challenge back on track.
"A great example of how quickly things can change is Blackburn," said the Belgian defender.
"They were down there but they have won a few games and are just seven points off the play-offs now.
"Obviously, Watford, who have been flying, had lost a few games but have picked it back up. That is what we have to do now.
"If we win those two games in hand, we will only be two points off the second-placed side.
"Hull and Watford are both on great runs but that has to end at some stage. They will drop points somewhere and we have to be there to pounce."
De Laet admits there is even more pressure on City now they are playing catch-up on their rivals, but he said they could cope.
"It is a strange league and how quickly things change. The FA Cup didn't help us because we have games in hand now," he said.
"That puts pressure on us because the other teams have been winning and we have to win those games to keep up.
"There is added pressure, but that is what a footballer thrives on.
"You get these blips. It is unlucky that we are going through one at this time of the season, where everything is starting to settle and you see which teams are going for promotion. We still have two games in hand, if we win them, we will see what happens."