Leicester 1, Fulham 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers made a mess out this game, and his selection of players looks like a fools act. Strange that a full time highly paid manager could make errors like a kid in a kindergarten. It’s a fadese and not to understand, but obviously players should also look themselves in the mirror.

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The start was pretty good and before Fulham scored their first goal this looked as a winning formula, but as TCF have stated before, playing without four in defence and a settled three men midfield and three men up front, you should have pretty good arguments for doing something else.

To see a new selection again without Harvey Barnes, our newest England international, is just foolish and idiotic, he should play alongside Jamie Vardy and today we also did miss Marc Albrighton who could have served those two with some elegant assists, but he never entered the field.

Brendan Rodgers might have looked at this game as a clear winner and saved some of his players who have been playing a lot lately, but he missed completely and his shambles should be addressed as points are lost at home against opposition that we should defeat everyday of the week.

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All credit to Scott Parker who is a young and clever manager, really trying to find the way forward with a young approach and a number of great players as we could see with England U.21 internationals Lookman and Aina both very impressive in an exciting team for the future.

When also Fulham was rewarded a clear penalty after VAR had adjusted the decision of the referee, and Cavaleiro converted from the penalty spot, the day looked close to a nightmare disaster for Brendan Rodgers who did what he should have done from start, adjusted his team to a 4-3-3 system but instead of putting on Albrighton he gave Under a chance, ok to use his new man, but today Albrighton’s abilities would have opened the Fulham defense in a better way.

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Fulham defended very well and Leicester struggled to create chances and even with four forwards pushing for a goal it wasn’t until the 86th minute when Harvey Barnes scored a nice goal that any hope was to see, but a number of idiotic attempts from James Maddison and James Justin shooting from far distance made it impossible to get the equalizer.

Fulham did come close to kill the game off in stoppage time, but the attempt from Aina on an empty goal never found the net. To lose at home to a relegation fighter is not ok, and doing it at home is unforgivable and it’s time stop the experiments.

Fulham must be in heaven after this result as Leicester missed again failing to go top of the Premier League table with a clown act. It’s a shame, and again a manager of Leicester City is using the team to his disposal as an experiment project.

  • Positives
    • Harvey Barnes with a great goal
    • Kasper Schmeichel making a number of great saves
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers system and selection problems
    • Not being able to play out a relegation fighter at home
    • Some awful performances from players that should perform much better
    • Not able to get into the top of the Premier League table
    • Disappointed with Brendan Rodgers making a fool of himself
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Justin 5, Fuchs 4, Fofana 6, Evans 5, Praet 3, Tielemans 6, Mendy 5, Thomas 2, Vardy 4, Maddison 4 Subs: Barnes 6, Under 6, Iheanacho
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Harvey Barnes

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 68 / 32
  • Corners: 6 / 5
  • Shots on target: 3 / 5
  • Fouls: 9 / 21

Out and about, foxes all around, latest updates

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is hailed as a great loan signing for Luton Town as he has made six league appearances for The Hatters, currently 11th in the Championship. So far no goals but good reports to read for Brendan Rodgers on the local Leicester lad.

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Matty James has been out of action for a long period of time and made just a couple of sporadic displays in the first team in the last four or five seasons, but has now been in form for Barnsley over a period of time. Barnsley is currently 16 in the table and of course just staying up will be what is expected at Oakwell. James played in that 2-0 away win agianst Derby County, and has been on the field in 7 games so far. Martyn Waghorn and Tom Lawrence both featuring in the same game but has been in a bit of struggle at Derby County lately as the club have started terribly in the Championship this season.

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George Hirst is another players currently on loan in The Championship, representing Rotherham, both teams will be happy to survive with Rotherham having the best odds of that, also featuring in that team is former U.23 goalkeeper Viktor Johansson but he has been an understudy so far and just played one game in the competition so far. Joe Mattock is a certain starter at Rotherham with 8 games so far. Hirst has also been a regular but struggled a bit up front with no goals so far.

Josh Knight on loan at Wycombe is also a regular in the team and has featured in 9 games so far. Goalkeepers Cameroon Yates and David Stockdale are two other former Leicester City players in the Wycombe Wanderers squad.

Big money movers Harry Maguire, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante are all in action for Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. Danny Drinkwater, another big money sale is also playing, but in the Chelsea U.23’s at the moment and has so far been involved in two matches, both defeats v. Everton and Liverpool.

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Leo Ulloa moved to Spain and Rayo Vallecano last season and is of course involved playing for the Secunda club and so far this season made 6 appearances but not yet scored. Shinji Okazaki is playing for Huesca and also been involved in 6 games so far, but a level above in La Liga.

Richie De Laet is back in Belgium with Antwerpen and is a regular. Antwerpen are 6th in the A league and doing well at the moment. Gokan Inler found a new club this summer joining Adana Demirspor, currently 2nd in then 2nd tier of Turkish football. He has so far made 6 appearances and still going at the age of 36.

Sam Hughes and Mitch Clark are other Leicester City players currently on loan at Burton Albion and Port Vale. Both players are involved in first team action, Port Vale currently 11th in League Two and Burton Albion sailing in danger close to the bottom of League One. Darnell Johnson is another out on a loan spell, but has not been much fun at Wigan laying bottom of the League One table.

Leicester City’s sister club Leuven also have a number of players on loan, Eppiah, Iversen and Sowah. Leuven is 8th at the moment in the top league of Belgium, with Sowah doing well and the others a bit on the fringe.

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Adrien Silva joined Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria and they are currently 10th in Serie A, with Silva making 4 appearances so far. Rachid Ghezzal is currently on loan at Besiktas and so far played 4 games in a team that are currently 7th in the table.

Liam Moore has grown to become a key player and captain at Reading, and they are currently 6th in the Championship. Another former fox Michael Morrison are also impressive and they could both be on their way to Premier League action next season. Moore has 11 games, and will be missed sidelined with a foot injury. Morrison has 13 appearances and so far scored once.

Jeffrey Schlupp is very much involved at Crystal Palace and has 7 appearances so far operating in defence and as a flank if needed. Huddersfield Town are currently 16th in the Championship and a certain Richard Stearman is part of the first team and playing regulary.

So far no news on Danny Simpson or Andy King who are both without a club. Strange to see two such great footballers not attached. The two former Premier League winners are available and should easily find a new place to play, we certainly believe that they will soon be back in action.

Braga 3, Leicester 3, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers knew that at least a draw would settle further games in this tournament and he rested a number of key players and gave starts to some of those fringe men who he hopefully believed would take the chance

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But it was Braga that started the game best and after just four minutes they scored, but it didn’t last long and Harvey Barnes used his opportunity to score 1-1. Braga knew they had a chance to get into the final stages of this tournament with a win and just pushed on against a Leicester side that was a bit shaky and not really prepared for that type of attack and after 24 minutes it was time again for Braga to score.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes after 45 minutes, out with Christian Fuchs and Dennis Praet switching with Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans. It was not really a big change to the balance of the two teams and Braga just pushed on again to get more goals.

Brendan Rodgers did wait to the hour before he made three more changes to the side to get the attention needed to score, and with Vardy, Perez and Maddison thrown in, it didn’t took a long time before the ball found Luke Thomas in front of goal and he steered the ball into the net

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We all thought that this game would end in a draw and Leicester were the team to push for more goals, but as they went forward close to the very end, Braga again found the net with a counterattack most believed that Braga had won with 90 minutes showing on the clock.

But with a certain Jamie Vardy on the field no one should feel safe and another blessing pass from Marc Albrighton, when the lights should have been down, found Jamie Vardy and he was clinical and got his goal as Leicester City landed a 3-3 draw away, which again made the safe for the next round of this competition.

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Brendan Rodgers took a chance and fielded an unsettled team in a line-up that never had played together before, a bit of a chance to take, but again most players got a good run out and in the end it worked well for all parties.

With two games left Leicester are through and will be able to juggle and change a team and not take any risks and that makes everything more flexible for Brendan Rodgers in a schedule that is hard and games are coming thick and fast.

  • Positives
    • A great number of players in action
    • No one giving up, playing for a goal towards the end
    • Scoring three goals
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to finish this game off, the quality was good enough
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Fuchs 6, Fofana 6, Thomas 7, Choudhury 6, Praet 5, Albrighton 7, Iheanacho 5, Barnes 6, Under 6 Subs: Fofana 6, Tielemans 6, Vardy, Maddison, Perez
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Luke Thomas

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 45 / 55
  • Corners: 5 / 8
  • Shots on target: 7 / 7
  • Fouls: 11 / 8

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