Leeds performed excellently in their first year back in the Premier League but Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in danger of suffering from second season syndrome. After 10 games of the 2021/22 campaign, Leeds are 17th in the Premier League, just three points clear of the relegation zone. They have won only two matches, losing four and drawing four, while their attack is among the worst in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals (with only three teams scoring fewer). However, Leeds do go into this game off the back of a victory, beating Norwich City 2-1 last time out, going unbeaten in two league matches for just the second time this season.
They welcome a Leicester side that may be starting to feel the effects of playing Europa League football with the constant Thursday-Sunday schedule. The Foxes currently sit 11th in the league, also with four defeats from their opening 10 matches, but they have won four and drawn two. Unlike Leeds, Leicester tasted defeat last weekend, losing 2-0 to Arsenal which also brought an end to their four-game unbeaten run in the league that included a 4-2 win over Manchester United. In the Europa League in midweek, they were held to a 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow, having to come from behind through Daniel Amartey after Victor Moses gave the visitors the lead.
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Jamie Vardy absolutely loves riling up opposition fans with no prejudice for any certain set of supporters. But he has been especially tough on the pitch to teams from Yorkshire, the county of his birth. Vardy has scored in each of his last five away Premier League appearances in Yorkshire, scoring in two games against Huddersfield, two against Sheffield United and one against Leeds.
Leicester have a good recent records at Elland Road, winning four of their last five away league games against Leeds, having previously taken 16 matches to achieve that number of victories. However, of sides currently in the Premier League, only Watford (20) and Newcastle (10) are on a longer current run without a clean sheet in the competition than Leicester’s nine.
31 January 2021 – Leicester 1-3 Leeds – Premier League
2 November 2020 – Leeds 1-4 Leicester – Premier League
24 October 2017 – Leicester 3-1 Leeds – EFL Cup
18 January 2014 – Leeds 0-1 Leicester – Championship
11 August 2013 – Leicester 0-0 Leeds – Championship
Leeds have the slight advantage historically in this fixture, winning 48 times to Leicester’s 44, but the Foxes have enjoyed more of the recent matches. Leicester have won three of the past five games across all competitions including this fixture last season, though Leeds did get their own back at the King Power.