Leicester are currently propping up the Premier League table after 10 games and only the single win to show for their efforts. Brendan Rodgers will certainly be feeling the early-season heat, but his Foxes can lift themselves off the foot of the table and close the gap to just one point on Leeds with a win on Thursday.
Having parted with Wesley Fofana to Chelsea for around £70m, Leicester’s backline has been exceptionally leaky and porous, conceding a league-high 24 goals so far. Heavy defeats to Arsenal, Tottenham and Brighton have exposed their soft underbelly and shown their current fragility.
Rodgers has a huge job on his hands to turn the momentum and get Leicester away from the relegation mud, but he must do so on Thursday without talisman James Maddison, who is serving out a one-game suspension, owing to him collecting his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.
Leeds have blown hot and cold this campaign and currently sit just two places above the drop zone. Jesse Marsch has masterminded victories over Chelsea and Wolves, but his side are now winless in six matches, and will view this contest against the division’s basement boys as a must-win.
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Without James Maddison, Leicester will need to seize control of this contest and build momentum, amplifying the importance of Youri Tielemans to the nth degree. The Belgian will be crucial to that midfield battle against Leeds’ double pivot of Marc Roca and Tyler Adams. Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (715), Declan Rice (644), Ruben Neves (643) and Alexis Mac Allister (602) have attempted more passes than Tielemans (585) among central midfielders in the Premier League this season, so expect another display of tempo-setting from Leicester’s metronomic focal point.
Harvey Barnes will also be itching to pick up from where he left off against Leeds last season. The England international has scored in each of his last five league games versus Leeds, netting in all four of his Premier League appearances against the Whites for Leicester.
05 Mar 2022 – Leicester 1-0 Leeds – Premier League
07 Nov 2021 – Leeds 1-1 Leicester – Premier League
31 Jan 2021 – Leicester 1-3 Leeds – Premier League
02 Nov 2020 – Leeds 1-4 Leicester – Premier League
24 Oct 2017 – Leicester 3-1 Leeds – League Cup
Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League games against Leicester, a 2-0 away win in March 2002. Their last visit to the King Power came in March earlier this year, with Barnes netting the only goal of the game in the 67th minute.
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