Leicester 1, Southampton 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers picked a team to get his best defending line in place with a back three that over the last few games have been a settled unit, and he also continued to play with two men up front and it looks concrete and solid at the same time, giving both Iheanacho and Vardy a chance to shine.

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To see Soyuncu back in the team was fantastic, he has been missed and of course going for a positive approach playing Perez inside behind the two top men. Leicester were the better team first half and could have taken the lead with a big Jamie Vardy opportunity.

Southampton didn’t produce much and Kasper Schmeichel had little to do so the first half ebbed out with no goals scored and a bit of a centre circle game, watched by 4000 in the stands at Wembly, nice to see a few people again at a football match.

Leicester kept the ball and Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans played a good game holding the Leicester team up in the field and tried to feed the two men up front in the best way possible.

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We didn’t have to wait long into the second half before Leicester scored, with a great run from Jamie Vardy out left, finding Kelechi Iheanacho inside the penalty box and him getting two opportunities two shoot and he second attempt just goes passed Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.

James Maddison and Marc Albrighton both shows that coming off the bench and giving something else is a gain and makes it solid and for Brendan to know he have that strength on the bench is fantastic, now hopefully Harvey Barnes will return to full fitness.

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It wasn’t much happening and a bit of chances to Southampton towards the end was stopped solidly by Kasper Schmeichel as the four stoppage time minutes vanished it was clear that Leicester City would be back in a FA Cup final for the first time since 1969.

Watching the game from home, you just feel relaxed and fantastic after getting another for the history books. The last time Leicester City were involved in a final was back in 2000 when I was present at the old Wembley watching as Tranmere Rovers were beaten in the Worthington Cup final.

Brendan Rodgers was really pleased after the game and today he got his selection correctly and made the moves that gave Leicester City a historical return to the FA Cup final with a wait of 52 years, well done, great feeling, fantastic to watch.

  • Positives
    • Kelechi Iheanacho scores in a great relationship with Jamie Vardy
    • Cool and controlled performance all around
    • Brendan Rodgers reaching a final for the first time with Leicester City
    • Again rock solid from the back three, fun to watch
  • Negatives:
    • A few knocks on players, hopefully not any problems going forward
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 6, Soyuncu 8, Evans 8, Fofana 7, Tielemans 7, Ndidi 7, Iheanacho 7, Vardy 7, Perez 5, Pereira 6 Subs: Albrighton, Maddison
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jonny Evans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 3 / 2
  • Shots on target: 1 / 0
  • Fouls: 12 / 7

Leicester City transfer could be key in the absent of Chelsea forward from FA Cup semi-final

Leicester City is said to be the frontrunners in the chase for Tammy Abraham as the England international is seeking a more permanent place in a top football team, with Thomas Tuchel having so many options up front that chances for Abraham is being limited, despite being the leading goalscorer still.

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Brendan Rodgers is keen to build on his progress at Leicester City with Abraham a player that could fit perfect into a Leicester City team full of energy and younger talent. But to fund such a move it’s easy to see that some must be shipped out, and that is the fault in this.

Wesley Fofana is today linked with a heavy sale to Manchester United and with a price tag of around £70million, it would free up funds for Brendan Rodgers to invest in other areas of the field, exciting times in front, but the job now is not to slip out of the Premier League top four, being steady in those positon for most of the season.

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Leicester City are also linked with a number of other names, a fresh update is now available.

West Ham 3, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Not the easiest away game on the map and would have grabbed a draw all day long if that had been possible, but to see Leicester so “out of their zone” early on, made this look like a nightmare and it was difficult to understand how again Brendan Rodgers juggles his team and system around.

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We did see a team picked to get both Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy in the team, but to see Marc Albrighton dropped and again giving a starting place to Daniel Amartey and Dennis Praet is a bit of a riddle, and as we did see early on, it didn’t work at all.

Jesse Lingard and Jarred Bowen are two players that you cannot leave on their own and they are very difficult to get a grip on, both being unpredictable and also on the move all the time, and it was no surprise that they were the two setting up one, two’s and scoring goals for fun this Sunday afternoon.

Despite having the ball more than West Ham, it was not much happening in front of Fabianski as his first half was a dull one, just looking at the sky, while Lingard and Bowen just hammered their team in front, against a very unsettled Leicester City team.

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Brendan Rodgers had again seen that his selection of players and system picked was not anywhere near his expectations and changing it all to a back four, giving Luke Thomas the last 45 minutes and he deliverd a good performance being part of a second half win 2-1.

West Ham had no intention of giving away anything and before anything really positive happened to Leicester City, it was Bowen who scored early on 2nd half and the game was in all lost with Hammers being 3-0 up after 48 minutes.

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But with their left back Aaron Cresswell limping off, and also Mark Noble feeling fatigue and later on substituted, Leicester came more and more into the game. The fact that Marc Albrighton was again used as an emergency act, and taking on a wide role replacing Dennis Praet, who again showed he is uncomfortable not really knowing were to play and just going around out there without a specific role or knowing really how he should settle in, pity to see such a good player used like this, it’s a pity, but with Albrighton, he just moves into his wide role and suddenly Leicester are a different team.

We had to wait until the 70th minute, but that goal was a clinical one from Kelechi Ihenacho and it settled some hope of getting something, and the push towards the end resulted in yet another Kelechi goal which must be a delight for him, as he just hammers on in front of goal.

Ricardo Pereira was also close with just the goalkeeper left to pass, but Fabianski managed to clear it and to see this positive end to the game was something to take on, but with almost everything lost early on, you just have to accept that to get anything was not possible, but good to get two goals, all days in the week it’s better with a 3-2 loss than a 3-0 loss, and to win 2nd half 2-1 is something to take on to the next game.

  • Positives
    • Kelechi Iheanacho scored two, great to see him grow
    • The possession was 64% to Leicester, so not outplayed over 90 minutes
    • Second half, and the push towards the end
    • Marc Albrighton showing his skills and why was he dropped? who knows
    • Luke Thomas getting positives out of his 2nd half performance
  • Negatives:
    • Daniel Amartey, he is not the best of players against this type of opponent
    • Dennis Praet, don’t play him if you don’t know how you will get the best out him
    • First half, terrible defensively, no chances offensively
    • Perez, Choudhury and Maddison being absent for non footballing reasons
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 6, Amartey 4, Evans 5, Fofana 5, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 6, Iheanacho 8, Vardy 5, Praet 3, Pereira 6 Subs: Albrighton 7, Thomas 6
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 36 / 64
  • Corners: 1 / 9
  • Shots on target: 4 / 4
  • Fouls: 7 / 13

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