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PREVIEW: LEICESTER v OXFORD (Champ)

LEICESTER welcome back their former title-winning captain Scott Nicholls who leads Oxford tonight (Saturday) at the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena.

Nicholls fronted the Lions’ Championship win in 2019 in a team which also contained another current Cheetahs rider Jack Thomas for the first half of the season.

The home side have a 100 per cent home record this year, with Richie Worrall moving to the No.1 position under the new averages for May.

Leicester boss Stewart Dickson said: “Richie going to No.1 is richly deserved, as he’s been riding very well for us.

“I’ve then put Nick (Morris) to No.3 in order that I can continue his partnership with Connor (Mountain), as I feel they’ve ridden well together, and that’s a combination I wanted to keep.

“They have Josh Macdonald back from injury, and Dillon Ruml scored seven points the first time he saw the Leicester track, which is very impressive, so we’re under no illusions about the task, especially with Scott Nicholls back in town.”

Nicholls said: “It will be tough, but if it wasn’t tough then it wouldn’t be doing the league justice. We’ve got the team and our riders are capable of springing a surprise.

“It’s certainly doable, you can’t take anything for granted in speedway.”

LEICESTER: Richie Worrall, Dan Thompson, Nick Morris, Connor Mountain, Kyle Howarth, Anders Rowe, Joe Thompson.
OXFORD: Scott Nicholls, Kyle Newman, Jack Thomas, Cameron Heeps, Troy Batchelor, Dillon Ruml, Josh Macdonald.