Leicester 3, Arsenal 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Brendan Rodgers fielded a team with a few surprises. Would have thought that Harvey Barnes would start instead of Demarai Gray, but both were dropped to the bench. Sensible to chose a more defensive team, playing Hamza Choudhury as a third midfielder, wide.

The surprise of Hamza Choudhury returning to the first team worked brilliantly and despite being out in the dark for such a long time, he was on from start alongside Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi, taking full control in the engine room.

Leicester started with 100% commitment and were close to score after the first five minutes putting great pressure on Arsenal, who looked a bit “shaky” and that would continue as the foxes looked very confident.

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Arsenal were reduced to 10 men, after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was send off with two yellow cards. This was of course a new great power injection for Leicester, who just kept the pressure up until the end of first half.

Most chances from City, either were stopped by the Arsenal defense or just that clinical last pass inside the penalty box failed, not really seeing players at Leicester being clinical enough in the last phase.

Both Leicester and Arsenal made changes in front of second half, Arsenal strengthening the defense by bringing on Koschelny, while Leicester sacrificed the defensive skills of Wilfred Ndidi and gave Harvey Barnes a chance ot again shine.

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After great pressure, James Maddison managed to find a whole in the Arsenal defensive wall with a clinical pass to Youri Tielemans who just scored from a fantastic and great header in front of goal.

Bernd Leno, the best Arsenal player on the field, made a number of crucial saves earlier in the game, but this time it was no possibility to catch the ball. Leicester were 1-0 up and they just continued to put more pressure on Arsenal.

As the game went into it’s finals, Kasper Schmeichel found Jamie Vardy with a great pass, the shot from Vardy hit the crossbar but he managed to get the ball back and scored with a fine header. Just brilliant to see a Leicester City team so full of energy.

As we all had thought the game was over, Ricardo Pereira had other ideas and started a great raid towards the Arsenal goal and while passing most players, he found Jamie Vardy totally clear in front of goal, unselfishly passing it in and it was just for Vardy to tap in his 18th goal of the season and the 12th in 2019, most goals in PL this year.

  • Positives:
    • Maddison is top in Europe setting up his team mates for chances
    • Tielemans performing, scoring and looks just fantastic
    • Maguire back at his best, saving Leicester in crucial defensive situations
    • Evans playing better and better together with Maguire
    • Chilwell, Barnes and Choudhury showing that academies are important
    • Vardy, two goals and working fantastic, 18 so far this season, 12 this year
    • Choudhury coming in and just playing his role perfectly
    • Pereira, what a right back, what a player
    • Scoring 3, letting in 0
  • Negatives:
    • Players can be even more clinical in front of goal
    • That final pass must be better, then this looks fantastic
    • Can be even more forward orientated
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 8, Chilwell 6, Evans 7, Maguire 8, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 7, Albrighton 6, Vardy 9, Maddison 8, Choudhury 7, Subs: Barnes 6, Mendy, Gray

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 62 / 38
  • Corners: 8 / 6
  • Shots on target: 13 / 1
  • Shots wide: 4 / 1
  • Fouls: 13 / 13
  • Offsides: 2 / 3

 

Six full England internationals linked with Leicester City, and all of them could be surprising summer transfer deals

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News about Daniel Sturridge joining Leicester are no news, and he is of course one of those four players that could be in line to join. The fact that Daniel Sturridge is coming to an age that makes his next move in football so vital, will in fact be of great benefit to Brendan Rodgers, a manager he knows from before.

The 29 year old forward is the perfect age to bring in and a player that would just slot in after Shinji Okazaki who is certain to leave in the summer on a free transfer. Adam Lallana has earlier been seen as a potential player for Leicester City, also him being a former player to have worked under Brendan Rodgers, and not really in the future plans of Jurgen Klopp as we can see out of his team selection this season.

James Milner is in great form at Liverpool at the moment, but last summer he was one linked with a move to Leicester City. Milner (33) still has a lot ot offer and a player who is 100% professional and one who can bring so much attitude and winning spirit into a dressing room.

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Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles is a hot prospect and the player born in Derby and previously with Nottingham Forest would probably be a target to track, coming closer to his home and probably look at a move to The Midlands as great. Lascelles has earlier been seen as a possible sale from St James Park, but his presence at Newcastle is of great importance, but again Leicester are investing and Newcastle need to address their desire to keep a player such as Lascelles.

Tottenham right back Kieran Trippier is a name that has turned up a few times and his form has been dipping lately, with Tottenham said to be looking at other options in his position. Crystal Palace youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka being seen as a future recruit.

Burnley central defender James Tarkowski might also be looking for a move away from Turf Moor to keep up his hopes of a future with England, and to see him or Lascelles alongside Harry Maguire might be a great thought.

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TCF don’t believe that all seven of these would be heading to King Power in the summer, but maybe one or two would be nice, to see them all mentioned is of course great news.

England internationals, linked with Leicester City

  • Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
  • Adam Lallana, Liverpool
  • James Milner, Liverpool
  • Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle
  • James Tarkowski, Burnley
  • Kieran Trippier, Tottenham

Never miss our Facebook updates on foxes birthdays, you should also keep up to date with our Rumours page, weekly updated with the newest names. Not only England internationals linked with moves.

 

West Ham 2, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Brendan Rodgers made two changes to the line up that was defeated at home to Newcastle, giving Marc Albrighton a starting position and also dropping captain Wes Morgan and chipping in Jonny Evans.

Nothing dramatic about that, but in a way no need for it either, so the first half became a bit boring and with a great sunny day in East London, difficult to get the pace needed to create top chances.

West Ham were the better team and managed to pressure Leicester with a few attempts and when Carl Noble found Antonio with a great pass and the tall and well build forward jumped out Ben Chilwell, it was no chance for Kasper Schmeichel to save the great placed header.

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Brendan Rodgers must have said the right words in the dressing room as Leicester came out a different team in the 2nd half, going a bit more forward and pushing for the equalizer.

A fantastic pass from Ben Chilwell found Jamie Vardy inside the penalty box after 67 minutes and Leicester were equal. What a strike from Vardy, and how well makes his run towards goal as the ball comes in, and with a perfect touch find the net.

Leicester are equal and pushing for more, but missing the ball in the last attempt and getting counter attacked is never good. James Maddison has a job to do, often losing that vital ball in areas that makes the team looks fragile and just falling apart.

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Another player that needs to improve that part of his game is Ricardo Pereira, often also exposing the team with either foolish passes or getting caught by the opposition, making dangerous dribbles inside your own half. Wilfred Ndidi could also pass the ball faster at times.

West Ham came back and scored a goal from a distant shot, hitting the post and Lucas Perez was fast into hit the ball into the net when the ball came back. No Leicester City defenders were thinking in that way and had no chance to stop Perez.

Leicester never gave up, and a few minutes into stoppage time a perfect pass from Youri Tielemans found Harvey Barnes. A great run and perfectly placed shot finalised the result. Great to see Harvey getting his goal, after so many failed attempts.

A vital point and a great way to come back from a sloppy and lost game at home to Newcastle, but still there are things to improve for Brendan Rodgers, and hopefully that 7 place will be fetched in the end, securing a definitive place in Europe.

  • Positives:
    • Albrighton getting a start, despite not really being fit to start
    • Vardy, what a finisher, great goal
    • Harvey Barnes scoring, should start all games until the end of the season
    • Coming back twice
    • Scoring two goals away from home, getting a draw and showing good attitude
  • Negatives:
    • Sloppy at times, losing the ball in vital areas
    • Not really a finished article this team, falling apart at times
    • Demarai Gray not really being able to contribute much
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Maguire 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Albrighton 5, Vardy 7, Maddison 6, Gray 5, Subs: Iheanacho, Mendy, Barnes

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 51 / 49
  • Corners: 6 / 8
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Shots wide: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 7 / 9
  • Offsides: 1 / 2

 

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