After three consecutive defeats this year, Leeds United have returned to form with their 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Tuesday. Leicester City would like a win after their draw against Everton to move past Manchester United to the second position.
Here’s our preview of Sunday’s fixture between Leeds United and Leicester City:
Leeds are coming into the game with confidence – they have turned around their losing streak on Tuesday against a lacklustre Newcastle side at St James’ Park. The Whites have put on an impressive attacking display, and their defences dug into their position when Newcastle tried to fight back. But there are still areas to improve. The defending set-pieces are still not performing up to expectations and had Newcastle attackers played their part, they could have levelled the game. Leeds currently sit at the 12th spot in the League with 26 points, just three points shy of entering into the top-10.
Marcelo Bielsa will be concerned with the repeated injuries of Diego Llorente – the highly anticipated Spaniard has just had two appearances in the League so far and succumbed to three injuries. He is set to miss Sunday’s game. Mid-fielder Stuart Dallas was seen limping in the second half of the game, and his fitness will also be a worry for the team.
Brendan Rogers’ side has shown plenty of endeavour in the last match to come from behind and level their game against Everton at the Goodison Park on Thursday. It is the second time in just four days that City have had to come from behind in a game, and Rodgers was frustrated to not take all three points from a fixture in which his side enjoyed 65 per cent possession. With the draw, Leicester extended their unbeaten run to nine games across all competitions. Leicester are currently third in the League with 39 points, just two shy of leaders Manchester City, a difference they would like to make up in this fixture.
The Foxes will once again miss Jamie Vardy due to his recovery from a hernia injury, and Leeds will look to use this in their favour. Ayoze Perez entered the team as a result in the game against Everton and looks to continue in the position. Dennis Praet continues to remain on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and skipper Wes Morgan also might remain out of the final XI. Wilfred Ndidi has hamstring injury concerns, and the team is yet to update on his fitness for Sunday’s fixture.
Leeds come out on top in head-to-head statistics, with the Whites winning 10 out of 20 encounters between both the teams. Leicester have won four games, while six matches ended in a draw. However, Leicester have been the dominant team of late, and Leeds have not won a single fixture in the last five encounters against the 2016 Premier League winners.
Leicester City have firmly established themselves at the top tier of the League in the past few seasons, and they continue their phenomenal run this season as well. Leicester will be heading into the game as overwhelming favourites, but Marcelo Bielsa has shown his incredible grit and determination multiple times this season, and nothing can be ruled out. Their last encounter ended in a resounding victory for Leicester, with the Foxes delivering a 4-1 drubbing to Marcelo Bielsa’s men. The Whites will be hoping for a turnaround of fortunes this time around.
Leeds Predicted XI: Meslier (GK); Dallas; Ayling ; Struijk; Alioski; Shackleton; Klich; Moreno; Raphinha; Harrison; Bamford.
Leicester Predicted XI: Schmeichel (GK); Castagne; Fofana; Evans; Justin; Ndidi; Tielemans; Albrighton; Maddison; Barnes; Perez.
When: Sunday, 31 January 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Where to Watch: All Premier League fixtures are streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar. Select matches will be streamed on Star Sports and Star Sports Select channels.
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