More players absent as Brendan Rodgers again had to make changes. Jannik Vestergaard was given a chance from start. Marc Albrighton also playing from start with Ricardo Pereira and Luke Thomas absent.
Leicester were grand favourites in this game and to see anything else than dominance would have been a huge surprise, and they took command from start.
After a number of missed attempts it was a relief to see Wilfred Ndidi scoring in the 23rd minute and we all hoped for more as Leicester kept the pressure.
But as we have seen so many times this season against most oppositions you will never be certain. Randers do have a number of good players and their Swedish goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren (30) showed great form and kept his team in the game.
Instead of a new Leicester goal Randers came back late in the half and sickening to see players losing consentration and letting Hammersøy-Mistrati having a free passage as he passed the ball behind Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester made no changes going into 2nd half and we all did see what we hoped, great pressure and domination. Harvey Barnes made the most of a chance after 49 minutes it was time for a lead. Leicester were 2-1 up and did not look back.
This game was without VAR interference and we all know that referees can make mistakes and missed a major offside decision freeing Patson Daka as his goal stood. Leicester were 3-1 up after 64 minutes.
Brendan Rodgers decided to use all his subs, giving minutes to James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho coming on in the 64th minute. James Maddison had to leave the field later and replaced by Hamza Choudhury and also coming in Ayoze Perez and Bouba Soumare.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester was not finished scoring and their fourth goal came in the 74th minute from a Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall strike after being assisted by Ademola Lookman.
This was a must win and to stumble again in first half letting in easy goals makes it a bit worry, but of course the quality of players between the two teams shone through 2nd half.
Jannik Vestergaard and Kasper Schmeichel played all 90 minutes against a team from their own nation. A fun fact is that none of the two Leicester Danes have ever played in Danish top flight football as they both made moves abroad at an early age.
A relief for Brendan Rodgers and of course a good result looking to the away fixture in Randers and hopefully being able to get the result needed to reach the next round.Embed from Getty Images
A big blow to see both James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu leaving the field with incidents that could see them out for the Wolves game and put even more pressure on Brendan Rodgers.
Leicester are struggling regarding fitness and injury issues and this is just a nightmare as it continues without any real improvement seen.
- Four goals scored
- Total domination
- Jannik Vestergaard being well placed and hopefully getting positives from this experience
- Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans being at the influence they should be
- Wilfred Ndidi scoring the opener and most important goal
- Letting in a sloppy goal at the very end of the first half
- Looks a bit random with players not really playing in a fluid way
- More injuries and issues of illness
Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6, Albrighton 5, Vestergaard 6, Soyuncu 6, Ndidi 6, D-Hall 6, Tielemans 7, Barnes 7, Daka 6, Lookman 6 Subs: Maddison, Soumare, Choudhury, Iheanacho, PerezEmbed from Getty Images
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Youri Tielemans
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 65 / 35
- Corners: 5 / 2
- Shots on target: 15 / 2
- Fouls: 8 / 8