Leicester City could do more business on Deadline Day, Lampard and Derby chasing a fox

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Reports about Youri Tielemans joining Leicester City was out there in the weekend, the move seems on and could be the only player coming in and hopefully add more quality to the squad.

Adrien Silva looks close also to get his loan move sorted out, going the other way and being part of a swop with Tielemans. Both players are seen as loans out the season, with a possible clause to join full term in the summer.

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Andy King is most certainly getting a loan move sorted out, with Derby County now said to be the front runner, with Aston Villa, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest also said to be part of the chase. Would be interesting to see if Andy King could help his new team to a promotion from The Championship, as he helped Leicester City back in 2014.

Islam Slimani looks as if he can end his nightmare time in Turkey, a move to Real Betis looks close and seen as a chance to play som football until the end of the season and hopefully get his goal scoring back on track.

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Claude Puel could then add another young player to his group and one seen as a clear and top quality youngster, yet to have filled his full potential in football. Tielemans was part of the Belgium squad that won a bronze in the World Cup, so surely there are qualities in the player.

This season has been difficult at Monaco and the young former Anderlecht midfielder has been described as a flop by media in France, so hopefully he will be able to get his game back on track with Leicester City.

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

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A predicted and good line-up chosen, despite missing Choudhury from the picked 11, but again you can’t play with 12 players.

Despite agreeing in the team chosen, the start of the game was a repeated copy of many games this season, letting in an early goal and not really being focused or it seems top drilled for the event.

But after that terrible start things turned a bit and it was Leicester City who created some good chances and just before the end of first half, a great header from Ben Chilwell found Harry Maguire inside the penalty area, and the England defender placed the ball perfectly behind Alisson in the Liverpool goal.

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2nd half was as predicted, with Liverpool trying and trying going forward with their attacking force, but a good organized defense and a good goalkeeper stopped all attempts.

Leicester City could have taken the lead twice, first with a great chance for Maddison and later a counter attacked started by Maddison, playing up Vardy who then makes a perfect pass to Gray, and surely Gray should have passed instead of trying a terrible shot, Maddison was totally open on the other side.

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To be fair, Liverpool should have been rewarded a penalty, but Leicester had a few decisions not going in their direction either, so all in all it was an even affair, but surely you should expect more from referees, luckily they never whistled for a penalty.

Puel made everything correct, put on Choudhury who ran his socks of and really contributed when he came on for Maddison, and hopefully he will get more chances, the youngster is proven quality.

A great battle and not easy to come down from Anfield and Liverpool with anything, this time a point tasted good. We are now waiting for Man Utd at home on Sunday and hopefully another fire of a game to look forward to.

  • Positives:
    • Maguire leading the way, great defending, great goal
    • Coming back after being 1-0 down, shows strength and carachter
    • All players fighting really well
    • Solid performance from Kasper Schmeichel
    • Fielding a side you believe is the best, not juggling around
  • Negatives:
    • Yellow cards to Chilwell, Pereira and Maguire
    • Being unfocused in start of games
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 6, Chilwell 7, Maguire 8, Evans 6, Ndidi 7, Mendy 7, Gray 6, Albrighton 7, Vardy 7, Maddison 6, Subs: Choudhury, Okazaki, Iheanacho

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 68 / 32
  • Corners: 7 / 1
  • Shots on target: 1 / 4
  • Shots wide: 6 / 1
  • Fouls: 13 / 6
  • Offsides: 4 / 3

 

Foxes all around, The Wembley chase, FA Cup round up

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A number of former foxes are of course in action this weekend in the FA Cup, some are out there today playing, others was in action earlier in the weekend.
Riyad Mahrez is ready for a EFL cup final, and are also on track with Man City in the FA Cup winning comfortably 5-0 at home to Burnley. Chris Wood was a late sub for Burnley, with Ben Mee in the Clarets squad, but not being used.

Michael Keane was among the Everton players being smashed out of the FA Cup by Millwall, scoring a late winner, in the 3-2 match. Martyn Waghorn and David Nugent both played for Derby in their 1-0 win away to Accrington Stanley, Waghorn scored the winner.

Oliver Norburn had one assist in the clash between Shrewsbury and Wolves, a game that ended in a 2-2 draw, great achievement from the League 1 side, now playing a difficult replay at Molineux to settle this.

Anthony Knockaert played from start for Brighton against 2nd tier West Bromwich, the game ending in a 0-0 draw. Daniel Iversen was in goal for Oldham against Doncaster, but sadly the FA Cup adventure stopped, losing 2-1.

No former foxes were in action between Middlesbrough and Newport, but the Welsh team managed another heroic act, drawing away against Boro, 1-1, scoring the equalizer well into stoppage time of the game.

Former loan fox Jesse Lingard will be happy with his performance at The Emirates, winning 3-1 away. Tom Cleverley is still in the competition with Watford, winning, and Tottenham is gone, Harry Kane no longer part of the FA Cup, with former fox Jeff Schlupp into the 5th round after a 2-0 win against the Spurs.

So to sum it up, Derby with Tom Lawrence, Martyn Waghorn and David Nugent are through to the next round. Shrewsbury and Norburn must believe in miracles as they go for a replay at Molinuex. Knockaert and Mahrez are both still in it.

Chelsea take on Sheffield Wednesday later today and will hopefully get through, with both Drinkwater and Kante hopefully still in the run for Wembley.

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