Analysis: How will Leicester City set up as they look to beat Leeds United?
Jamie Vardy is mobbed by teammates after netting the winning goal at the Emirates Stadium | Photo: Getty/ Catherine Ivill

Leicester City have started to acclimatise to their European schedule and have picked up three wins in a row in all competitions, including a first win at Arsenal since 1973.

They come up against a Leeds United side who are thriving back in the Premier League, with their last result being a 3-0 win over high-flying Aston Villa.

While the Foxes themselves have had a positive start in the league, they have lost games that, based on their form, many would have expected them to take something out of.

Counter attacking success

Brendan Rodgers' men have certainly shown their ability to control games with possession and dominate the chances but it has been their counter attacking showings in recent weeks which have caught the eye.

Particularly in their successes at Arsenal and the 5-2 victory over Manchester City, it was how clinical they were in the final third that meant that their game plan worked.

Using the success at the Etihad as an example, the East Midlands side only enjoyed 28 per cent of the ball. Despite this, the Foxes had seven shots and crucially, they all tested the goalkeeper as they were all on target.

Their pace in behind was the key to turning defence into attack through the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes and with Cengiz Under beginning to get up to speed, the Foxes possess another threat in behind the opponent's back line.

Vardy netted a hat-trick in the outing against the Citizens and it was his introduction at the Emirates that changed the game in the Foxes' favour. His return to fitness will come as a great boost to Leicester who could look to neutralise Leeds' attack with a low block before sending Vardy away on the counter.

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Counter attacking threat

While Leicester have enjoyed their counter attacking exploits, they have also been seen to be vulnerable to the same tactic carried out by their opposition.

The times that the Foxes have struggled the most the season have come when their opponents have sat in a low block and have, in turn, countered Leicester as they had to City and Arsenal respectively.

Their 3-0 defeat to West Ham United was a prime example of this as despite the fact that they had 70 per cent of the ball, they only managed four shots and none on target as they struggled to fashion chances against the Hammers' defensive block.

Leeds have shown that they are certainly comfortable on the ball and like to take the initiative but they have also displayed their ability to shift to attack very quickly. Despite the currently injured Kalvin Philips being key to releasing Leeds' attacking threats with his range of passing, they still possess the quality to release the in-form Patrick Bamford.

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Injuries to shape the Leicester team

Due to Leicester's injury crisis, it is likely that their formation will differ to work to the strengths of what they have available. Likewise, due to the fact that they could be without the majority of their starting back four, with Timothy Castagne, Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira and potentially Jonny Evans unavailable, they may add extra defensive cover in order to aid their understudies in the likes of Wes Morgan, Wesley Fofana and Christian Fuchs.

This could mean that a back three will be utilised once again to not only help with the threat that Leeds possess in attacking areas, but to also give extra cover to Fofana, who gains experience with every game played in his young career, and Morgan and Fuchs who have lost a yard of pace over the past couple of seasons as they reach the ends of their respective careers.

This also enables Vardy to have a partner upfront, meaning that the likes of Barnes or Under can support the striker upfront to ensure that he does not become isolated as the rest of the team defends.

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