Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Leeds-Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 14:00.
Leeds are considering Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.
Shackleton was forced out for a blow during his win in Norwich last weekend, while Firpo was out for over a month after suffering a muscle injury during an October international break.
The Whites are already without Luke Ayling (knee), Robin Koch (pelvis) and Patrick Bamford (ankle) as they seek streak wins for the first time this season.
James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are expected to be available for Leicesterthe journey to Elland Road. The two missed Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw against Spartak Moscow due to illness.
James Justin is close to returning after a serious knee injury, but Wesley Fofana (broken leg) is out and Marc Albrighton is not expected to return until the end of the month.
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Jones Knows’ prediction
Leicester matches are a paradise for goals. It stems from their inability to defend as a cohesive unit. Brendan Rodgers’ side have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games, conceding exactly two goals in five of their last six games.
A repeat of such sloppiness on Elland Road should make for a fun encounter. I will go with a high scoring tie.
In a match that is likely to be filled with scoring opportunities, it seems a simple but smart idea to support Leeds’ biggest goal threat. Raphinha has made a quantum leap this season, so much so that he has scored two goals and two assists for Brazil in his two games as a starter in World Cup qualifiers.
For Leeds, he scored four goals in nine appearances with his influence growing week by week in the absence of the threat of Patrick Bamford’s goal. The 9/4 on him scoring at any time definitely has some juice.
SCORE FORECAST: 2-2
BET CORNER: Raphinha scores (9/4 with Sky Bet)
- Leeds are looking to win consecutive league games against Leicester for the first time since December 1999, following a 3-1 win at King Power Stadium in January.
- Leicester have won four of their last five league away games against Leeds (1P), as many as in their previous 16 away games at Elland Road. The Foxes are looking to win three in a row in Leeds for the first time in their history.
- Since Leeds returned to the Premier League, Leicester are the only team to have scored four goals against them in a league match on Elland Road. In all their history, Leeds have conceded only four goals in consecutive home games against two opponents: Manchester City in 1957-58 (2-4) and 1958-59 (0-4) and Arsenal in 2002-03 (1- 4) and 2003-04 (1-4).
- Leicester have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League away games (W5 D3 L4), with only Liverpool in a longer streak (15). The Foxes last scored in 13 consecutive top flight away matches between April and December 1960.
- Leeds are looking to win consecutive league games for the first time this season, although both victories so far this season have come against newly promoted Watford and Norwich City.
- Leicester have lost seven of their last 14 Premier League games (W5 D2); The previous seven defeats in the competition have come in a series of 29 games.
- Of the teams currently in the Premier League, only Watford (20) and Newcastle (10) are on a longer clean sheet run in the competition than Leicester, who have conceded goals in each of their last nine league games since beating Wolves. 1- 0 on the opening weekend.
- Leeds have averaged just one Premier League goal per game this season, down from 1.6 per game last season. The Whites also averaged over one shot on target per game less this season (4.1) than they did in 2020-21 (5.2), while their conversion rate dropped from 11.9. percent to 7.2 percent.
- In addition to scoring 40% of Leeds’ Premier League goals so far this season (4/10), Raphinha created the most chances (18), made the most shots (32) and completed the most of dribbling (26) of any player for whites so far this term.
- Sheffield-born Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last five Premier League away games in Yorkshire, scoring in two games against Huddersfield, two against Sheffield United and one against Leeds. The only away player to score in six consecutive Premier League appearances in Yorkshire is Harry Kane between November 2014 and January 2021.
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