The post-promotion bounce has served Fulham well this season, with Marco Silva guiding the Cottagers up to seventh in the Premier League table. After a disastrous seven-game winless run to start the season, Leicester stabilised just before the World Cup, but have returned back from Qatar with successive defeats.
Fulham signed off before the winter pause with back-to-back losses and three winless games, but the west Londoners have laid down a post-Qatar marker, thrashing Crystal Palace 3-0 in Boxing Day, before coming through a stern examination from strugglers Southampton 2-1, leaving them in the top half of the table.
Leicester finished up with four wins from five before attention turned to the Persian Gulf, including wins over Leeds, Wolves, Everton and West Ham. However, a 0-3 capitulation at the hands of Newcastle was followed up by a 1-2 defeat to Liverpool — in which Wout Faes scored two own goals — to cap off their festive calendar in miserable fashion.
Rodgers could do with a pick-me-up to ensure his side do not return to the troubling form of their early-season struggles.
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Leicester City vs Fulham match stats
Leicester typically pack the midfield and look to produce a lot of their good work centrally, a natural by-product of having hard workers like Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in the side. That’s where to importance of Joao Palhinha illuminates for the travelling side.
The Portuguese summer signing has so far made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season (75). Incredibly, he is 17 above his closest challenger Tyler Adams (58). For the Foxes, Tielemans ranks first with 38, nearly exactly half Palhinha’s total output.
In terms of final-third difference-makers, Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted four goals in his last five away Premier League appearances. During that time, Fulham have won the last three Mitrovic has appeared. In fact, only one Fulham player has ever ended on the winning side in four consecutive away Premier League matches: Diomansy Kamara between April 2008 and April 2009.
03 Feb 2021 – Fulham 0-2 Leicester City – Premier League
30 Nov 2020 – Leicester City 1-2 Fulham – Premier League
09 Mar 2019 – Leicester City 3-1 Fulham – Premier League
05 Dec 2018 – Fulham 1-1 Leicester City – Premier League
29 Oct 2013 – Leicester City 4-3 Fulham – League Cup
Rodgers has won eight of his nine Premier League matches against Fulham, including the last time these sides met in February 2021. However, his only defeat came in this exact fixture during Fulham’s relegated 2020/21 season. In November of that campaign, Scott Parker’s side ran out 2-1 victors. Goals from Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro got the job done.
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