Brighton 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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As we predicted in the preview this game was no walk in the park, and we also warned about Glenn Murray who again became a difficult opponent for Leicester. The fact that a goal was conceded after just 15 minutes shows a bit of uncertainty.

Wilfred Ndidi, Jamie Vardy and also Kelechi Iheanacho were all placed on the bench, because of uncertainty about fitness and maybe give players such as Shinji Okazaki, Vicente Iborra and Marc Albrighton a real chance to shine.

The move to use Shinji Okazaki up front alone was very strange, he is not used to play as a front man, and to see especially Kelechi rested must be as with Vardy an uncertainty about fitness.

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Brighton put clear pressure on Leicester and also Kasper Schmeichel made his saves to keep Leicester in the game in the first half. The fact that James Maddison got his second yellow after just 25 minutes shows his lack of self control, and Claude Puel addressed it in his post match comments.

Puel also said he was pleased with the 2nd half performance, introducing Jamie Vardy for Demarai Gray after 56 minutes and a few minutes later Kelechi Iheanacho came in for Shinji Okazaki, and the team changed completely.

Ndidi also had to step in, he did that at the 32nd minute, coming on for Vicente Iborra who had to leave the field with an injury problem.

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Leicester with Vardy, Ndidi and Iheanacho is a totally different team, and of course strengthening everything at once, but we will not blame Claude Puel this time for being cautious, but would have risked Kelechi Iheanacho from start.

The 2nd half, with 10 men was great to watch, and to pressure on the Brighton defense resultat in a penalty reward after 79 minutes. Vardy placed the ball greatly in the top right corner, and to see the 1-1 sign on the board was fantastic.

To get anything with 10 men  is always a bonus and credit to all the players for their great fighting spirit in the 2nd half and showing the Leicester fans that they really can go out and win battles even with one man down.

In the end a lot of positives to be taken out of the 2nd half performance and always to get anything out of an away win is always a bonus.

  • Positives:
    • Great goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel
    • 2nd half spirit and performance
    • Jamie Vardy’s performance, hopefully more to come
    • Getting a point, in a very difficult situation
  • Negatives:
    • Fielding Okazaki as top forward, surely a mistake
    • Maddison not able to control his act and his importance
    • Iborra not lasting longer than 32 minutes, getting injured
    • Four red cards picked up so far, Puel needs to work on this
    • Starting to attack and play when you are allready one goal down
    • Not being 100% sharp from start, the team is not always settled
    • Too many changes and surprises in team selection
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 7, Chilwell 7, Evans 6, Morgan 6, Mendy 6, Iborra, Okazaki 5, Maddison, Albrighton 6, Gray 5, Subs: Ndidi 6, Vardy 8, Iheanacho 7

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 54 / 46
  • Corners: 6 / 1
  • Shots on target: 2 / 2
  • Shots wide: 6 / 2
  • Fouls: 10 / 7
  • Offsides: 5 / 1

 

Brighton v. Leicester, Match Preview, Fans View, Who’s in, Who’s out

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Leicester will travel to Brighton for their next match in the Premier League. The Amex is not the easiest away ground to visit and Chris Hughton’s men can be a handful playing their second season in the top tier.

A number of players are out, and a few are doubtful in Puel’s squad. Harry Maguire and Daniel Amartey will both be missing. Amartey still almot four months away from action, and Maguire supposed to be back after the Brighton game. Rachid Ghezzal, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy needs late fitness tests to be sure of a trip down south.

This will probably be a problem, to have so many players either uncertain and not ready to play, but hopefully Leicester City will be as competitive as possible. We just have to wait and see who will be in the squad.

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Brighton will also miss some of their best players and especially Pascal Gross is one Leicester City don’t have to worry about. Other absentees will be Propper, Button and Jahanbakhsh.

But for those who believe that the game on Saturday will be an easy win, look out for Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray who are both in great form. Dunk made his England debut v. USA, and Murray is still surprising everyone at the age of 35.

Puel is probably not scared of the opponent, but he might be ready to play a defensive game as he knows that Hughton’s men will try to go as much forward as possible and try to lead the show at home.

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Puel also expressed a bit of relief that players had been out on international duty and played a number of games to get a bit of distraction away from the tragic death of owner Vichai. He hoped that everything could be about football now, going forward.

Leicester City is in need of a good run in the games coming up against Brighton, Watford and Fulham so they have collected in front of some very tough fixtures coming during the Christmas period.

Not easy to predict the line-up, but we believe that both Vardy and Maddison will be close to a first eleven, and that Puel will use the duo up front if they are fit and ready to play, seeing Iheanacho being benched.

Referee,
Chris Kavanagh, the man in charge at The Amex

Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 19.08.17, 2-0, Win, Premier League
Away: 31.03.18, 2-0, Win, Premier League

Best Bet,
Our prediction is a 1-0 win to Leicester

Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Evans, Morgan, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Gray – Maddison – Vardy

Fun Fact,
Peter Taylor was once the manager of Leicester City, and when he got sacked from the job, Leicester City went for the Brighton manager at the time, Micky Adams in a joint management role with Dave Bassett. Just a few weeks later Peter Taylor took over the job at Brighton and got them promoted.

In Both Camps,
Frank Worthington, Larry May, Graham Cross and Simon Morgan are just a group of players from the past that has been in both camps. Robbie Savage and Junior Lewis is well known for their time at Leicester, but also had loan spells at Brighton. Today we all know about Anthony Knockeart who is a favorite at The Amex at the moment.

The big duel,
Glenn Murray v. Wes Morgan, both players coming to a certain age, but still out there performing in the Premier League, who will be the winner of the duel on Saturday.

Leicester City involved in all goals when England defeats Croatia

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Ben Chilwell was the only current Leicester City player on the field, but others with a former life at the club scored all goals in this fantastic match at Wembley stadium.

A first half that had it all with a fantastic Harry Kane chance that was blocked by the Croatian goalkeeper. The former Leicester City loanee was a handful this evening and he showed carachter for 90 minutes that was heavilly rewarded in the end.

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After a good first half, England were unlucky not to have scored, but a 0-0 draw would see them floating in the Nations League top tier and that in itself is a good result.

But former Leicester City forward Andrej Kramaric wanted to spoil the evening for England, trolling the central defenders and just curling the ball behind Jordan Pickford and suddenly everything looked dark for England.

Gareth Southgate had to see his team being threatened by the World Cup finalists and their nemesis in the Semi-finals in Russia. But former foxes and of course current fox Ben Chilwell wanted to make a difference and chance the outcome.

Chilwell had a great game and sprinted up and down the left flank, complementing the forward line and at the same time being a good and steady part of the back four. He had a great game and his fifth cap might have been his best.

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Jesse Lingard, who we all remember had a short loan spell at Leicester in the Championship, came on in the 2nd half and had a great impact, first scoring England equalizer and just minutes after saving a shot on the goal line.

Just seven minutes after Lingard’s goal, Harry Kane put his toe on a Ben Chilwell assist, and suddenly England was in the semi-finals of the Nations League, winning their group, instead of being relegated to the 2nd tier, which now happened to Croatia.

As England grabbed all three points, Leicester City were heavily involved with players who in previous years has played for the club, scoring all goals and the one present at the moment being second on the winning goal, what a day and what a performance.

UEFA Nations League is a great tournament and one that will live on as this gives us fantastic games with teams playing other teams on their same level. This is a win, win for all parties, and to see little nations like Gibralter, Andorra and Luxembourg all being able to win games shows how right this have been, love the form and set up, just great.

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