Bottom club Leicester dropped points for the ninth time in ten games when they were held to a draw by Crystal Palace last weekend and relegation fears are starting to surface at the King Power Stadium. Leeds need a positive result of their own to pull clear of the drop zone, though they haven’t taken maximum points in a Premier League fixture since August. Who will win this evening’s fascinating basement battle?
Below, we’ve amassed a flurry of info on cards, corners, shots, fouls, xG and more for this evening’s match. Hopefully, our stats pack for Leicester’s clash with Leeds will be a useful tool for those of you putting bet builders together later on.
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Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand are out injured for Leicester. James Maddison is suspended following an accumulation of bookings, which is a major blow for the Foxes.
Spaniard Ayoze Perez could come in for just his second Premier League start of the season in place of Maddison.
Leeds will be without the injured Leo Hjelde, Archie Gray, Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas this evening. Pascal Strujik was also ruled out on the eve of today’s contest.
Leeds played well against league leaders Arsenal on Sunday and this evening; manager Jesse Marsch could field close to the same XI that performed so well against the Gunners.
Leicester continue to struggle in most departments this season and the Foxes are conceding a sizable 2.40 goals per 90 minutes while conceding more shots (11.80 p/90) than they are racking up at the right end (11.60).
City’s xG against for the campaign (1.51 p/90) is significantly lower than their actual goals against (2.40 p/90) which suggests keeper Danny Ward is much-maligned for good reason.
Leeds are mustering more attempts per 90 than Leicester this season (12.20), though they are also allowing opponents to notch more at the other end (12.90 p/90).
Leeds’s fixtures have featured a high number of cards this term (2.33 for/2.00 against p/90). Only five clubs have collected more cards in away games than Leeds (11) so far.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
James Maddison (3.25 shots per/90) has been playing at a high level this season even when those around him have struggled and the schemer will be missed this evening.
Patson Daka (1.81 SOT p/90) is establishing himself as City’s first pick up front, while Harvey Barnes (2.89 shots p/90) is a consistent threat from the left. Barnes managed to clock three attempts against Crystal Palace last weekend.
With Patrick Bamford expected to start on the subs bench again this evening, Rodrigo (1.13 SOT p/90) should lead the line for Leeds and the Spaniard had three attempts against Arsenal last weekend.
Luis Sinisterra (2.28 shots p/90) lodged four shots against the Gunners, though he failed to hit the target with any of his efforts. Nevertheless, the Colombian is a good option for bettors looking for quantity.
Player Goals and Assists
With seven goal contributions (5G, 2A) in nine appearances, James Maddison is streets ahead of his teammates in the Premier League this season, though Patson Daka’s influence is growing and the Zambian striker has bagged three goals in his last five games.
Jamie Vardy has created more goals (three) than any of his Foxes’ counterparts so far, though the veteran striker has yet to find the net and he is unlikely to start this evening.
Rodrigo remains Leeds’s most-prolific marksman this season, though the Spanish forward hasn’t rattled the net since August. Jack Harrison has provided three assists from his supporting role.
With two goals and one red card in his last four Premier League appearances, Luis Sinisterra is never boring and the Colombian should carry a threat for Leeds at the King Power Stadium later.
Boubakary Soumaré will patrol the spaces in front of Leicester’s back four later today and the 23-year-old, who has been committing 2.00 fouls per 90, is worth keeping an eye on in midfield.
Similarly, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s scrappy streak should be evident against a Leeds midfield that likes to press, while Belgian Timothy Castagne (1.0 fouls p/90) could have his work cut out at right back against quicksilver winger Luis Sinisterra.
Jack Harrison (fouled 2.05 times p/90) is Leeds’s chief creator and the 25-year-old will be shadowed by Soumaré this evening. Elsewhere in midfield, Marc Roca (fouled 1.20 times p/90) should have a scuffle or two with Dewsbury-Hall, where a card in either direction looks possible.
Luis Sinisterra (fouled 2.86 times p/90) has the skills to draw tackles from Timothy Castagne and card-happy referee Peter Bankes’s (4.33 cards per game) involvement could be high.
Match-Ups to watch
Boubakary Soumaré vs Jack Harrison
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall vs Marc Roca
Timothy Castagne vs Luis Sinisterra
Danish international Rasmus Kristensen plays with real bite at right-back for Leeds and the 25-year-old has collected three bookings in just eight Premier League starts this term.
Tyler Adams (2.22 fouls p/90) is a similarly combative force in midfield and the American has been carded twice for mistimed challenges since the summer.
At left back, Pascal Strujik’s injury on the eve of tonight’s game means that the unfancied Junior Fipro could start. The Spaniard has played just 32 minutes of Premier League football this season and could lack sharpness.
Harvey Barnes (1.51 fouls per/90) will enjoy taking Rasmus Kristensen on in one-on-one situations this evening and the Danish defender might have to use some of his more cynical skills to stop the Leicester winger.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall won’t shy away from the action this evening and he could be on the receiving end of some punishment from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in midfield.
James Maddison’s likely replacement, Ayoze Perez (fouled 1.0 times p/90), should be full of running as he tries to impress Brendan Rodgers and the 29-year-old could trouble his compatriot Junior Firpo this evening.
Match-Ups to watch
Rasmus Kristensen vs Harvey Barnes
Junior Firpo vs Ayoze Perez
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall vs Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
That’s it for my Leicester vs Leeds stats pack. Huge game for the foxes tonight, but they’ll be up against it without Maddison in the side.
Good luck to anyone putting together a bet builder, and as always make sure to keep the stakes low and keep it fun.