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

Premier League: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford composed strike in the 23rd minute put his side in front and was the forwards 50th Premier League goal.

It was the first time this season that United have scored the opening goal in a Premier League away game, despite boasting a 100%-win record in those fixtures.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Harvey Barnes’ hammered effort from 18-yards-out flew into the bottom right-hand corner of David De Gea’s goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may have felt they deserved to be in front when the half-time whistle was blown considering Rashford missed what was arguably the easiest chance of the game only minutes in.

The second half of the Boxing Day fixture presented much of the same as the first, with both teams looking evenly matched until the visitors broke the deadlock.

Substitute striker Edinson Cavani turned playmaker as he played Bruno Fernandes in who, made no mistake in firing the Red Devils back in front with only 10 minutes to spare.

The game’s final twist was still to come however, as Jamie Vardy’s 85th minute effort deflected in of the knee of Axel Tuanzebe to rescue a point for The Foxes.

The results means Leicester City remain in 2nd place in the Premier League, one point in front of 3rd-placed Manchester United.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Manchester United

The Foxes edged out a 2-0 win over Tottenham last time out and boss Brendan Rodgers is set to stick with the majority of his team against United.

Star man Jamie Vardy did go off in the final minutes against Spurs, but he should be OK to play with the returning Christian Fuchs in line to replace Timothy Castagne in defence.

For United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to make too many changes to his own winning team after they thrashed Leeds 6-2.

Scott McTominay was the goal scoring hero against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but a groin injury will keep him out of this one, with Donny van de Beek set to fill in and Alex Telles replacing Luke Shaw at left back.

And it’s an early start on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium with a 12.30pm kick off.

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

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

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Leicester City

Jurgen Klopp is already without both of his first-choice centre backs after Joe Gomez joined Virgil Van Dijk on the sidelines.

Skipper Jordan Henderson is also out, after picking up a groin injury on international duty, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and
Mo Salah also missing from a depleted Reds side.

James Milner is expected to fill in for Trent at right back, with Fabinho moving back into defence in place of Gomez.

However, despite the mounting injury list for Klopp, Thiago Alcantara and Andy Robertson have both been passed fit to return.

For the Foxes, Rodgers also has issues in defence, with right backs Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne ruled out.

Wesley Fofana should be OK to start at centre back, meaning Rodgers could name an unchanged starting line up from their win against Wolves last time out.

And it’s all set up for a 7.15pm kick off tomorrow night at Anfield.

Leicester City edge out 1-0 Premier League win over Wolves

Jamie Vardy’s first half penalty proved the difference on afternoon of limited chances at both ends with the Foxes boosting their Top Four chances on home soil.

Neither side created much in a tight opening at the King Power, with Leicester given a real helping hand with their opener.

Dennis Praet’s driven cross hit Matt Kilman on the hand inside the box and after a long VAR check, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

Vardy has one of best penalty records in the Premier League and the former England man was never in danger as he confidently tucked past Rui Patricio.

But if Leicester’s first spot kick was a controversial one, Taylor awarded them a more straightforward one before the break as Rayan Alt-Nouri tripped James Justin.

However, Vardy’s consistent record was to be dented as his second attempt was a poor one and Patricio made a scrambling stop.

Leicester picked the momentum up after the break as Vardy tested Patricio with a fierce drive and James Maddison fired wide.

But despite struggling to make any inroads on Leicester, Wolves did almost nick a point late on.

Ruben Neves’ spectacular drive looked destine for the top corner but Kasper Schmeichel reacted brilliantly with cat like reflexes to make a game winning stop.

Full Time at the King Power Stadium it’s Leicester City 1 Wolves 0

Leeds United 1 – 4 Leicester City: Leicester hand out Premier League reality check to Leeds.

First-half goals from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans, bookended by two poor Patrick Bamford misses, had the Foxes in complete control on a typically wet Yorkshire night.

Leeds have earned many plaudits since their top-flight return and in their previous losses, to Liverpool and Wolves, there were arguments to be made for them deserving something, though the same could not be said here.

Bamford will not be in the Bielsa’s goodbooks after his display infront of goal and it was his tame header on 2 minutes, from just six yards out that allowed Leicester to get ahead in the match early doors.

The Foxes cleared their lines back to Leeds, but Robin Koch’s backpass was off target and short, holding up on the sodden gorund, which allowed Vardy to nip in, tempt keeper Meslier into coming out and tee up Ashely Barnes to finish in an open goal.

It was more Vardy brilliance for the second on 21 minutes too getting to Marc Albrightons cross first with a diving header that Tielemands durly coverted.

Leeds had a chance to pull one back before the break but again Bamford uncharicaristically failed to control Luke Aylings pass when he was clean through and just 12 yards from Kasper Schmeichel’s goal.

Leeds were back in it after the restart after Stuart Dallas’ cross floated into the net but the game was out of sight on on 76 mins despite some good chances for the home side before that point.

Substitute James Maddison sent fellow replacement Cengiz Under clear and he had the presence of mind to stand up a pass for Vardy who did the rest from close to the penalty spot.

It was from the penalty sport that Leicester sealed the win in added time with Tielemans firng in from 12 yards after a VAR awarded penatly after a foul from Klich on Maddison.

Leeds will no doubt take 12th in the table at this stage of the season but Brendon Rodgers will be dreaming of a 2016 repeat as they move up to second and a point of Liverpool at the top.