Leeds United vs Leicester city Preview
Watch Leeds united vs Leicester city Preview as they meet on a wonderful premier league clashing at Elland Road, at today’s fixtures.
The Whites’ plight continued with a 2-1 defeat to Fulham at the weekend, while Dean Smith clinched his first win as Foxes manager against Wolverhampton Wanderers by the same scoreline.
There was nothing to write home about for either side in the first 45 minutes, but Harry Wilson’s thunderous effort and Andreas Pereira’s close-range second propelled Fulham into the ascendancy before a late Joao Palhinha own goal gave the visitors a glimmer of hope.
However, there was ultimately no way back for Javi Gracia‘s side, who have now been subjected to three successive Premier League defeats, and the Whites boss admitted that he was “worried about everything” as his side dance with the devil in 16th spot.
Before Bournemouth’s bout with West Ham United kicks off later on Sunday, Leeds hold the unfortunate label of being the Premier League’s worst defensive outfit – conceding 62 goals throughout the campaign, three more than the Cherries – and Gracia’s side have now shipped at least two goals in six of their last seven contests.
The hosts’ last two games at Elland Road have seen 11 goals fly past them in heavy losses to Crystal Palace and Liverpool, but Leeds can take encouragement from a seven-game scoring streak in the Premier League ahead of their most winnable home fixture in the final few weeks, as Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur prepare to pay their visits next month.
Team news and Injury
The Leeds infirmary has emptied considerably in the past few weeks, but Gracia will still be working without long-term thigh victims Tyler Adams and Stuart Dallas for Tuesday’s pivotal showdown, while Maximilian Wober and Liam Cooper are both uncertain too.
Once again, the Whites manager made the unpopular decision to start Wilfried Gnonto on the bench against Fulham, and with a 72-hour turnaround to factor in, the Italian protege will no doubt be considered for a recall alongside Luis Sinisterra.
Patrick Bamford also played a major part in forcing the ball over the line at Craven Cottage and should also come back into the fray, with Gracia sure to consider a multitude of alterations after another disappointing result.
In contrast, Leicester were dealt a damaging blow before the win over Wolves as James Maddison was ruled out due to illness, but Smith is hopeful that the playmaker will fight off the bug in time to play a part on Tuesday – music to the ears of the Foxes faithful.
In more good news for the visitors, Harvey Barnes – who has scored in each of his last five appearances against Leeds – could be back in contention from a hamstring problem, and Smith is also not overly concerned about Vardy’s ankle problem, which he sustained from the challenge from Sa in Saturday’s success.
The visitors will still be without several notable names in Jonny Evans (illness), Ricardo Pereira (thigh), James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf) and Ryan Bertrand (fitness), but Caglar Soyuncu’s recent revival has eased Leicester’s defensive injury crisis a tad.
Leeds united vs Leicester city Head-to-head stats
Leeds United have a slight edge over Leicester City and have won 48 out of the 128 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Leicester City’s 46 victories.Leeds United have won only one of their last eight games against Leicester City in the Premier League, with their only victory during this period coming by a 3-1 margin in 2021.
Leicester City won the reverse fixture by a 2-0 margin and will be looking to complete a league double over Leeds United for the first time since their 1997-98 campaign.Leeds United have kept only one clean sheet in their 10 home games against Leicester City in the Premier League and previously achieved the feat in a 3-0 victory in 1997.
Leeds United have conceded at least five goals in each of their last two home games in the Premier League and could become the first team in the competition’s history to suffer the fate in three consecutive such matches.
Leeds vs Leicester Prediction
With so much at stake between two sides who thrive in the final third and leave a lot to be desired at the back, fans and neutrals alike should strap in for an action-packed showdown at Elland Road, where attacking returns on both ends could prove telling.
Whether Leicester’s win over Wolves proves to be a turning point remains to be seen, but Smith’s side will make the journey with a fresh spring in their step and can capitalise on the hosts’ continued defensive shortcomings to edge a thrilling contest – significantly boosting their survival hopes while leaving Gracia’s men mired in demotion danger.