Leicester City survive scare to seal FA Cup win over Brentford

The Foxes find themselves through to the Fifth Round as Brendan Rodgers’ much changed team produced a spirited second half display.

It was the visitors that started the brighter in the opening stages with Cengiz Under and Ayoze Perez both wasting chances.

And it was that lack of cutting edge which was punished by the Bees as Mads Sorensen poked them in front.

And with Leicester unable to get a foothold in it before the break they were grateful to stand in keeper Danny Ward as the Welsh international produced save after save to keep them in the tie.

However, Rodgers’s half time message seemed to immediately do the trick after the restart as Under curled home James Maddison’s pass to equalise.

That strike tipped the momentum back for Leicester at the start of the second half as Youri Tielemans smacked home from the spot.

The impact of a quick fire double seemed to upset Brentford’s rhythm in the final half hour and Maddison was able to scramble home a deserved third late on.

Full Time at the Brentford Community Stadium it’s Brentford 1 Leicester City 3

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

Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ side were held to a 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Manchester United at the King Power and three points in this would take them back to second.

Despite such a hectic run of recent matches, Rodgers is expected to stick with the same starting team with Ayoze Perez the only likely change.

As for Palace, Roy Hodgson will be worried by his team’s recent dip in form, with just one win in five heading into this.

The former England coach has no new updates on the injury front with Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham still out.

But James McCarthy and Andros Townsend could return to the side as Hodgson looks to turn their fortunes around.

And Kick Off in this one is set for 3pm on December 28th at Selhurst Park.

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

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

Top Four chasing Leicester City face Tottenham test

Jose Mourinho’s side are right back in the running for a Europa League spot, while the Foxes are determined to hang on to their Top Four place.

Mourinho was impressed with his team in their 3-1 win at Newcastle last time out, and he is not expected to rotate too much.

Lucas Moura was taken off with a minor knock at St. James, and Steven Bergwijn could come in as the hosts only change.

For Leicester, Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the fight his side have shown in the last week, with a crucial win against Sheffield United.

Skipper Wes Morgan will fill in for Caglar Soyuncu at centre back, with teenager Luke Thomas at left back.

Ben Chilwell and James Maddison out for the rest of the campaign, and Rodgers will be relying on Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez to score the goals and get them over line in their final two games.

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Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United: Foxes dent Blades European hopes whilst boosting their own

The pair clinched a 2-0 victory to ensure the Foxes will remain fourth heading into the final two Premier League games.

Leicester are certain not to finish lower than sixth, meaning they have booked a Europa League spot next season at the very least.

It also continued to point to a potential winner-takes-all showdown with fifth-placed Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on the final day.

Defeat, though, was a costly blow to Sheffield United’s dreams of a shock European spot.
It left them two points behind sixth-placed Wolves with two games left.

It could have been different had David McGoldrick not ballooned George Baldock’s cross over in the opening two minutes.

In their best half since the restart the Foxes rediscovered their fluency and they went ahead after 29 minutes.

England Under-19 international Luke Thomas impressed throughout and he found the unmarked Perez for the striker to fire a low effort beyond Blades keeper Dean Henderson from 15 yards.

It ended a 12-game goal drought and settled the Foxes who held off the Blades in the first half with relative ease.

The Blades were doing their best to be masters of their downfall and they were lucky to survive a host of Foxes chances.

Eventually, Leicester sealed the win with 11 minutes left.

Gray had been on the pitch for just three minutes after replacing Barnes but struck when Vardy broke clear to find the winger who drilled low into the corner.

Final score: Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United