Premier League: Leicester v Southampton

After 17 games, Brendan Rodgers finds his side slap bang in the middle of a title race no one seems to want to run away with, as the Foxes sit four points behind leaders Manchester United. And when United take on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, a win could see Leicester just a point off top spot come Monday morning.

Perhaps it’s a blessing that no one seems to be talking about Leicester as potential title challengers, just as they didn’t in 2016 when Claudio Ranieri’s side pulled off the ultimate fairy tale by winning the lot.

Fast forward five years and there are still a few players that are still around from that team, with Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy still as important as ever. The Danish goalkeeper will make his 400th competitive appearance for the club on Saturday.

Speaking of the past, it’s hard to preview this game without mentioning what happened last season when these two sides met, when Leicester ran out 9-0 winners at St Mary’s, with Ayoze Perez and Vardy both scoring hat-tricks.

However, since that landmark moment, Southampton have been a different animal, and a similar score line is almost impossible to expect a repeat of. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s philosophy has been adopted by every member of the Saints squad, and they now look like a solid Premier League side capable of beating anyone on their day.

If they’re to get anything at Leicester on Saturday though, they’ll have to do so without Danny Ings, who is self-isolating after coming into contact with a COVID positive person recently. Jannik Vestergaard is out with a knee injury, while Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond are also definitely missing.

Promising youngster Nathan Tella is also out, as is Michael Obafemi, who has undergone surgery on a muscle issue. There is some good news for the Saints though, as Alex McCarthy is back after missing the win over Liverpool, and Oriol Romeu and Che Adams should also be available.

Leicester have a much shorter injury list by comparison, with only Dennis Praet definitely out with a hamstring injury which requires surgery. The Belgian suffered the problem in the 4-0 win over Stoke City last weekend, a game in which James Maddison and Jamie Vardy weren’t risked with slight knocks.

The pair will be back for the visit of Southampton though, and both Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu could also make the matchday squad, although both aren’t fully fit after injury. Soyuncu’s fellow Turk Cengiz Under should also be involved after an ankle problem.

Leicester take on Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, January 16th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Leicester City outclass Stoke City to reach FA Cup Fourth Round

Boss Brendan Rodgers opted to rest key pair Jamie Vardy and James Maddison for this one with Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez returning to the starting team.

But despite the changes, the Foxes dominated from the start as James Justin’s thunderbolt put them in front before the break.

Michael O’Neill’s hosts did look to make a game of it after the restart, but Leicester’s attacking power proved to be too much as Marc Albrighton’s swept home Youri Tielemans pass.

And that strike took the sting out of Stoke in the final ten minutes as Perez and the in form Harvey Barnes wrapped up a deserved place in the next round.

Full Time from the Bet365 Stadium it’s Stoke City 0 Leicester City 4

Leicester City kick off 2021 with 2-1 Newcastle win

The Foxes begin the New Year back in third place as second half goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans secured a big three points on Tyneside.

Both sides struggling to get going in a freezing opening 45 at St. James’, with wasted chances from Jamie Vardy and Tielemans the closest to an opening.

However, despite hitting Magpies defensive wall before the break, the visitors did finally conjure a breakthrough ten minutes after the restart.

Harvey Barnes’ run scattered a host of Newcastle defenders as he fed in Vardy as the Leicester talisman squared for Maddison to smash past Karl Darlow.

That released the pressure on the Foxes from there on out as Tielemans made the game safe with 15 to play with a rocket into the bottom corner.

But in the spirit of very little making sense at the moment, Steve Bruce opted to throw on Andy Carroll in the closing minutes.

And in a moment for Premier League trivia fans to savour in the months ahead he smashed home his first Newcastle goal in over a decade.

Full Time at St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 1 Leicester City 2

Jonny Evans signs new deal at Leicester

The defender, who was out of contract at the end of the season, had been expected to sign fresh terms at the King Power Stadium and has now committed his future to the Foxes.

Leicester are third in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.

Evans told LCFC.com: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed. I’m delighted to commit myself to the club, and delighted the club have committed themselves to me.

Three-time Premier League winner Evans joined the Foxes from West Brom for £3.5million in 2018.

The 32-year-old has made 89 appearances for the club, scoring three times.

Premier League: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City

With the two sides in action on Boxing Day, a total of 12 changes were made by both managers at Selhurst Park, with James Maddison a notable absentee from the Foxes squad and Jamie Vardy on the bench.

Palace dropped five of the players involved in the 3-0 loss at Aston Villa, three of them defenders.

James Tomkins, who had not started for Palace since February due to a thigh injury, was slow to react when Luke Thomas raced into the area and he brought the defender down.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot but Guaita was the hero for the hosts with a strong right hand thwarting Iheanacho from 12 yards.

The hosts came out with better intent for the second period and further good work by Schlupp against his former club created an opening for Zaha, who fired over from 20 yards.

Palace opened the scoring in the 58th minute.

Zaha was fouled but managed to find Townsend in space on the right and picked himself up to get into the area in time to be found by his team-mate.

The Palace attacker showed excellent technique to volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth goal of the season – doubling his 2019/20 tally only 16 league games into this campaign.

Eventually, Leicester found an equaliser through one of the four players to start against United two days earlier.

Barnes created a yard of space outside the area and drilled into the bottom corner – but no winner was forthcoming and the visitors had to settle for a point, although they do move up to second.

Premier League: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City

With the two sides in action on Boxing Day, a total of 12 changes were made by both managers at Selhurst Park, with James Maddison a notable absentee from the Foxes squad and Jamie Vardy on the bench.

Palace dropped five of the players involved in the 3-0 loss at Aston Villa, three of them defenders.

James Tomkins, who had not started for Palace since February due to a thigh injury, was slow to react when Luke Thomas raced into the area and he brought the defender down.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot but Guaita was the hero for the hosts with a strong right hand thwarting Iheanacho from 12 yards.

The hosts came out with better intent for the second period and further good work by Schlupp against his former club created an opening for Zaha, who fired over from 20 yards.

Palace opened the scoring in the 58th minute.

Zaha was fouled but managed to find Townsend in space on the right and picked himself up to get into the area in time to be found by his team-mate.

The Palace attacker showed excellent technique to volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth goal of the season – doubling his 2019/20 tally only 16 league games into this campaign.

Eventually, Leicester found an equaliser through one of the four players to start against United two days earlier.

Barnes created a yard of space outside the area and drilled into the bottom corner – but no winner was forthcoming and the visitors had to settle for a point, although they do move up to second.

Jamie Vardy inspires Leicester City to 2-0 win at Tottenham

The Foxes have been pushed to the sidelines in the title conversation in recent weeks but thanks to vintage performance from Jamie Vardy they are now right back in the mix.

The game was billed as a straight shootout between Vardy on the on form Harry Kane but the wily Vardy always look to have his number in North London.

Kane’s free kick on 33 minutes went down as the game first real chance just before Vardy’s whipped effort tested Hugo Lloris.

But the always persistent Vardy was not to be denied before the break as he fired the Foxes in front.
Serge Aurier’s clumsy challenge felled Wesley Fofana inside the box and Vardy stayed true to form and smashed home from the spot.

Leicester looked to have extended their lead immediately after restart as James Maddison clipped home James Justin’s long pass.

But referee Craig Pawson chalked it off for a VAR offside against the England man.

However, Brendan Rodgers’ side didn’t have to wait much longer to make it 2-0 as Toby Alderweireld deflected home Vardy’s header on the hour.

Spurs did look to rally themselves in the final 20 with Son Heung-min bringing an excellent stop from Kasper Schmeichel.

But in the end another bad day at the office means Jose Mourinho’s methods will once come under the microscope.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium it’s Tottenham 0 Leicester City 2

Leicester City cruise to 3-0 Premier League win over Brighton

A spectacular brace from James Maddison set the tone for the Foxes as Graham Potter’s visitors slide closer to relegation zone.

Despite struggling to live with Leicester as the match wore on it was Brighton that created the best early chances as Danny Welbeck brought a sprawling stop from Kasper Schmeichel.

But that was only to be a flicker of hope for the Seagulls as Maddison cushioned home James Justin’s cross on 28 minutes.

That strike opened the floodgates for the home side as Ayoze Perez forced diving save from Mat Ryan before Jamie Vardy made it two.

Perez’s line breaking pass released Justin behind again and the veteran striker got in front of his man to tap home.

And with Brighton unable to respond to wave after wave of Leicester attacks, Maddison buried his superb second just before the break.

Vardy’s hold up play created an angle for the England midfielder and he arced a wicked effort past Ryan.

The second half was never in any danger of matching the first 45 as Maddison almost clinched a hat trick and a luckless Brighton battled to keep the score down.

Full Time at the King Power Stadium it’s Leicester City 3 Brighton 0

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Brighton

Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to winning ways at Sheffield United last weekend and he could stick with an unchanged team against the Seagulls.

James Maddison has shaken off a knock and should be OK to start and despite Timothy Castagne returning to training this week, James Justin should keep his place.

Brighton’s form has dipped in the last month, with Graham Potter’s team winning just once since September.

Potter has experimented with different systems to try and change that run of luck and he is expected to rotate once again against the Foxes.

Neil Maupay, Leandro Trossard and Davy Propper could all come in to start with Aaron Connolly, Danny Welbeck and Solly March potentially dropping out.

And Kick Off is set for 7.15pm tomorrow night at the King Power Stadium

Jamie Vardy snatches 2-1 Leicester City win at Sheffield United

The Blades confidence has taken another major blow this weekend as Jamie Vardy’s added time goal snatched a vital three points for the Foxes.

Leicester were the sharper of the two sides in the opening exchanges as Vardy raced on to Ayoze Perez’s pass and smacked against the post.

But Brendan Rodgers’ side didn’t have to wait too long to secure a breakthrough as Perez put them ahead on 24 minutes.

Marc Albrighton’s cross was only half cleared by the Blades defence and the Spaniard pounced on the loose ball to power past Aaron Ramsdale.

However, despite struggling to get a foothold early on, United immediately conjured up an equaliser through Oli McBurnie.

The Scottish international worked himself an angle from John Lundstrum’s whipped corner and bulleted a header past Kasper Schmeichel.

Chris Wilder’s side looked determined to hold on for a point after the break as they worked hard to extinguish Leicester’s counter attacking threat.

However, despite holding on until the final seconds of the match, Vardy bagged his traditional goal against the Blades.

James Maddison slipped him through on half way and Vardy did want he always does against United and calmly slot home.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 1 Leicester City 2

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Fulham

The Foxes are still in a strong position in the opening weeks of the campaign, but that defeat will have dented some confidence in their side.

However, Rodgers could stick by his players, and name an unchanged side this weekend, with Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and Wilf Ndidi all still sidelined.

Turkish international Cengiz Under impressed off the bench at Liverpool and he could be one potential change, if Rodgers opts to rest Marc Albrighton.

For Fulham, things don’t get any easier for under fire boss Scott Parker, with no away wins so far this season ahead of the trip to Leicester.

But with his options limited by a struggling squad, he is also set for minor changes with Aleksandr Mitrovic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both set to start.

And it’ll be a 5.15pm kick on Monday night at the King Power Stadium

Liverpool cruise past Leicester City with 3-0 Anfield Premier League win

Jurgen Klopp’s faced the Foxes without a host of first team stars, with goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, plus a Jonny Evans own goal, secured a vital win.

The Reds just about edged a tight opening at Anfield, as Jota and Curtis Jones forced early stops from Kasper Schmeichel.

But despite all of the attacking talent on display for Klopp, Liverpool’s opener came via a bizarre own goal.

Jordan Henderson’s corner caused problems in the Foxes box and the unfortunate Evans could nothing to stop the ball ricocheting off him an into the net.

That slice of luck boosted Liverpool’s confidence before the break, as Jota extended their lead on 42 minutes.

The Portuguese international has enjoyed a brilliant start to life at Anfield and he flicked home a perfect header from Andy Robertson’s cross.

Leicester did look to rally after the break, as Brendan Rodgers’ side cranked up the pressure, with Alisson making vital saves from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes.

But Liverpool always look as though they had another gear to move up into, and Firmino wrapped up all three points for Klopp as he powered home James Milner’s corner.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 3 Leicester City 0