Leicester 2, Brentford 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Surprised to see Timothy Castagne thrown in from start after such a long time out, but again a key in the game as we did see. Lovely to see James Maddison and Youri Tielemans both in the line-up and of course nice again to have Mendy in there replacing Ndidi.

Leicester were favourites to win this clash at home anything else would of course be a master stroke from Thomas Frank and his Brentford, but without Christian Eriksen, missing the match with Corona, you did see The Bees with less power.

Leicester took the game to their advantage early on and had their part of play with a had battling midfield and when Timothy Castagne opened the scoring with his screamer of a shot from far distance hitting the right corner it was just fantastic to watch. 1-0 up after 20 minutes.

Leicester continued to put pressure on Brentford and it was just fantastic when the next goal came from a well place free kicks, and as always James Maddison made his strike. He is the top goalscorer from distance in Premier League counting out Word Prouse of Southampton.

With James Maddison and Youri Tielemans on the field you will be close to goals as they both can score goals from distance and they also set up other players in fantastic positions.

Being two up before first half made us all pretty certain this would be 2nd half without problems, but we certainly became worried as the game went on and Leicester lost a number of half chances.

Kelechi Iheanacho had his opportunities so had Harvey Barnes, but with none of them converting, Brentford instead made the most out Leicester defenders making stupid errors and not clearing the ball properly.

A number of heroic saves from Kasper Schmeichel made it possible for Leicester to keep a clean sheet to the 85th minute when Wissa did the most of his chance and put the ball in the net behind Kasper.

Leicester made a number of risky changes putting on Soumare, Evans and Daka in the end, especially Soumare looked rusty and Evans of course not really match fit at all after such a long time out. The fact that Brendan Rodgers made a gamble, moving Amartey out to the right, Justin to the left, took Castagne off and placed Evans in the middle with Soyuncu was a full change of personel in the back, very risky at such a late stage in the game.

Luckily Brentford had no major plan and their attempts were stopped going into stoppage time and another three points bagged as we can look up towards the 8th spot as a challenge and cement either the 9th or 10th position this season.

To win at home against teams below in the table is a must and if this continues then 40 points should be secured before crucial Conference League games against PSV will be the most important happning for the rest of the season.

Difficult games coming up next at home first away at Old Trafford playing Man Utd and then a home game vs. Crystal Palace, hopefully getting three points from those two games would be lovely, more would be fantastic.

  • Positives
    • Two fantastic goals scored
    • Great to see Kasper Schmeichel being consistent and fantastic
    • Hard work from everyone, fighting for the points, great to watch
    • The return of several players makes it fun to watch again
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to put the game to bed 2nd half
    • Iheanacho needs to deliver when getting his opportunities
    • Yellow card to Dewsbury-Hall

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8, Justin 6, Amartey 5, Soyuncu 7, Castagne 7, Mendy 6, Tielemans 6, Dewsbury-Hall 5, Iheanacho 6, Barnes 5, Maddison 7 Subs: Soumare, Evans, Daka

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 53 / 47
  • Corners: 2 / 5
  • Shots on target: 4 / 6
  • Fouls: 10 / 10

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