Leeds United v Leicester City; Pre-Match Analysis
Wesley Fofana (left) chases down England International Kalvin Phillips during last seasons 

Leicester City will be looking to put the Arsenal defeat behind them as well as the lacklustre display against Spartak Moscow as they face Leeds United who themselves have only won twice this season in the Premier League on Sunday.

Both sides have had mixed starts to the season with high expectations but dreary displays. The Foxes dominated Spartak Moscow on Thursday with 77% possession and 13 shots but still only managed a 1-1 draw.

Leeds on the other hand are on the back of a 2-1 away win at Norwich but have still conceded 17 goals this season whilst there only other win was against fellow promoted team, Watford.

Marcelo Bielsa is already without Patrick Bamford who managed a goals-to-game record of one-in-two last season. The England International is out with a ankle injury therefore leaving the Whites scoring just five times in the seven games he’s been missing.

  • Mixed bag for both teams this season

In recent years both Leeds and Leicester have been known as fast free-flowing teams who score a lot of goals on the counter and are backed by a stern defence.

However, this season has been a different story for both sides as performances and results have been very underwhelming for both teams.

Leeds have only managed two wins this season and they were against promoted teams from the Championship whilst Leicester are still yet to reach their full peak.

Rodgers’ men played at Elland Road a year ago with forwards Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes both in-form whilst Cengiz Under was showing brief spells of class as was Wesley Fofana who was starting to make Foxes fans fall in love with his solid displays.

This time around is very different with Barnes yet to register a Premier League goal this season and Vardy to break a brief Goal draught.

Leeds are heading into Sundays clash off the back of a 2-1 away win in Norfolk with in-form players Rafina and Rodrigo scoring. Rafina has been one bright spark in a flat Leeds side this season, earning himself his first Brazil cap whilst Dan James is showing signs of how much a tricky player he can be when he has a good rhythm of games following his move from Manchester United.

After an impressive and free-scoring first season back in the Premier League, Leeds are now searching for a more long-term identity with their  start-man Bamford out, they will want to find a better and more rewarding to their striking problems as they have only scored 11 goals in 10 games compared to 19 goals this stage last season.

  • Are our Unsung players going to save us?

 

Regularly relying on the likes of Youri Tielemans, Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Çağlar Söyüncü to always put in their best shift is what many Foxes fans expect every game but this season its proving that the likes of Patson Daka and Daniel Amartey and full-back Timothy Castagne are digging in and grinding out the performances which are dragging City over the line.

Daka has five goals in nine games whilst Amartey has been ever present in defence since the return of Jonny Evans. The Ghanaian is being selected of £15Million man, Jannik Vestergaard and since returning from injury, our Belgian international star Castagne is proving to be a excellent forward outlet as proven on Thursday night.

Whilst Wilfried N’didi was on the treatment table, Boubakary Soumaré has been vital in the middle and is looking better each game he plays. The Frenchman was unlucky on thursday not to hit his first City goal as his thunderous effort crashed off the bar in the first half.

Leicester City face Leeds United with Kick off at Elland Road at 2pm this Sunday.

 

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