Leeds United-Leicester City Preview
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side have deserved greater results than their performances have delivered, with the Foxes preparing to welcome Leeds United to face them in the Premier League this weekend.
Two of the top-flight's most out-of-sorts sides square off with each other as they look to arrest what has fast become faltering campaigns. But while Leeds started brightly this term, the Foxes have struggled to engage the upper gears, and sit deeply in the midst of an early campaign relegation battle.
Speaking ahead of the visits of the Whites, Rodgers reflected on a difficult campaign to date, and says he cannot doubt the commitment of his squad.
"We felt we deserved to win the game against Crystal Palace," he stated. "We didn't concede so much and we created some opportunities. I've got no qualms with the players' effort. We just want to look to the next game.
"If we can defend with the same aggression and mentality, and then take more risk to get in, we have a chance of winning. I know a lot of people look at the result, but we had a decent performance. We're looking to get that winning feeling back."
Rodgers did have plenty of positive words for Wout Faes, though.
"He's settling in really well and has shown his qualities," he said. "He's aggressive in the air, he defends forward and has a good passing range. Those leadership qualities are important and he plays with experience, even though he's only 24. He has a quiet assurance about him and brings authority on to the training ground and takes that on to the field."
Opposite number Jesse Marsch, meanwhile, says he is expecting Junior Firpo to return to action soon, while offering his backing to an out-of-form Patrick Bamford following the England international's struggles.
"He's ready, been patiently waiting and making sure that he's sharp, fit and strong," he said on Firpo. "I'm excited for him to have his opportunity. (For Bamford), it's only a matter of time before they start to go his way and then we could see a total change of momentum in him."
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Leeds United – Jack Harrison
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- None of Leicester's 10 Premier League home games against Leeds have been drawn, with the Foxes winning six and losing four.
- Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League games against Leicester, a 2-0 away win in March 2002.
- Following their promotion back to the Premier League in 2020, Leeds won six of their first seven midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) league games (L1), scoring 19 goals, conceding five and keeping four clean sheets. Since then, they're winless in six such games (D2 L4), scoring four goals and conceding 23.
- Leeds have lost each of their last three Premier League away games – they last lost more consecutively in a single top-flight campaign in February 2004.
- Only Manchester City's Premier League games (43) have seen more goals than Leicester's this season (39 – F15 A24), despite the Foxes last league game ending goalless.
Updated October 19, 2022