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

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The supposed battle between Richarlison and Daniel Amartey was easily stopped by Marco Silva’s team selection, giving another Brazilian a chance to outplay the Leicester chosen right back. Bernard is a great dribbler and after just a few minutes he set up his fellow countryman Richarlison who was moved into centre attack.

A terrible defensive error by Leicester gave Bernard the chance to deliver a perfect pass to his teammate who converted easily from inside the box. As so many times before Leicester were behind almost before people had got to their seats. The rot was on again at home.

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The game was more and more changed as Leicester came forward a number of chances were missed as Jamie Vardy again never managed to convert after being close with a header and a shot alone with Jordan Pickford.

City kept momentum and especially Mendy and Ndidi made more and more impact taking over the center of midfield and heavily influenced the performance. But it was not until the 40th minute that Leicester were equal with a fantastic solo raid by Ricardo Pereira scoring a great goal dribbling himself into the penalty box and perfectly place his shot behind Pickford in the Everton goal.

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We all had great hope for a possible win as the team started to perform as they did in the last 30 minutes of the first half, and a also started 2nd half brightly. But to see Wes Morgan foolishly getting a 2nd yellow card, everyone had a great worry about how Leicester could win and also be able to keep a draw.

Everton pushed hard for that 2nd goal and with one more player it was obvious that players such as Sigurdsson, Walcott and Davies all would go for goals and try to pick up all three. The Iceland international scored a beauty from long distance as the game was settled, despite a number of attempts from Leicester.

A close header from Daniel Amartey could have given City a draw, but his attempt was not a good one as the ball never reached the goal but instead was headed outside. The highlight of the game was Ricardo Pereiras goal and as long as a captain does this type of mistakes, experienced Vardy is not able to convert missed chances and Amartey so easily gave space to Bernard it’s not easy to get points. Disappointing day at King Powers, again points that should have been in the bank is gone away up north.

  • Positives:
    • Pereira and his brilliant goal, what a finish
    • Getting to enough clear chances to kill this game off and win it
    • Mendy and Ndidi are on the path of being a blistering partnership
  • Negatives:
    • Starting badly in almost every game, concentration level looks low
    • Puel not able to get his moves from the bench correctly
    • Exposing Morgan in defense, probably could have been replaced
    • Three defenders booked in a home game, sadly that is not good enough
    • Vardy not able to convert chances that should have been goals
    • Maddison, an England international midfielder, is played on the flank
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Amartey 5, Chilwell 6, Morgan 3, Maguire 6, Mendy 7, Ndidi 7, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 4, Maddison 5, Pereira 8, Subs: Albrighton, Oakazaki, Ghezzal

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 2 / 10
  • Shots on target: 1 / 6
  • Shots wide: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 10 / 11
  • Offsides: 5 / 0

 

Newcastle 0, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Leicester came up to St James Park as favorites for todays game with a good run of games under their belt. Newcastle and Rafa Benitez has a bit of a crisis and were also without their top target man Jose Rondon.

As always Tcf is not in line with the team selection of Puel and as we had predicted Wes Morgan was back, partnering Harry Maguire, who had been under a bit of criticism, had his rest against Wolves, and was back to his very best.

Pereira was pushed forward, giving space for Daniel Amartey at right back and today against a team like Newcastle, Amartey functioned as an alternative to the right, but again Puel has a bit of problem with the right back position.

The game was relatively open in the first 30 minutes without really being a very entertaining affair. In the 30th minute Harry Maguire went up for a challenge in the Newcastle penalty area and a handball from Yedlin results in a penalty

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Jamie Vardy is the preferred penalty taker and he converts, City are in the lead. Vardy’s shot is down in the left side corner and it’s a good penalty never really any doubt about the outcome. Leicester controls the situation and goes into half time with a secure lead.

Newcastle looked pure, just pure, during the game and it’s easy to see that Rafe Benitez is struggling to find a solution, and again not able to put almost no pressure on Kasper Schmeichel and Leicester City during 90 minutes.

2nd half is again very much Leicester City and to see the team in this way is great, 59 % ball possession and really tearing Newcastle apart. The 2-0 goal was a beauty from Harry Maguire going so high in the air that you would think he would come down again.

James Maddison’s corner is also perfect for Maguire to hit, high above the birds, and so well placed that the Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka has no chance to save it.

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Leicester dominated this clash after 2-0 and full control as earlier said against a Newcastle team without spirit, but that is not Claude Puels concern. To see this team today, not as Tcf would have seen the line-up, is encouraging and all credit to Puel who shows that he was right in his team selection.

No one is wrong in selection when you win a football game, and as long as Claude Puel win games, then no one can complain. When you win 2-0 away and also have more possession than your opponent, you are immune.

The defense today looked solid and especially the partnership between Wes Morgan was one working well, but again this Newcastle team was weak and without any striking power at all, looked totally toothless.

  • Positives:
    • Winning away is always a bonus, great credit to the manager and team
    • Maddison and Maguire running the show, great performance
    • Vardy scoring from the penalty spot, good taken penalty
    • Keeping a clean sheet, solid defensively
    • 12 points, just three points behind a top 4 spot
    • Puel a bit out of the pressure zone, hopefully he will get things right
    • To keep possession and also scoring goals is showing solidity
  • Negatives:
    • Knocks on Vardy and Maddison, hopefully nothing serious
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Amartey 6, Chilwell 6, Morgan 7, Maguire 9, Mendy 7, Ndidi 7, Vardy 7, Iheanacho 6, Maddison 8, Pereira 6, Subs: Albrighton, Iborra,

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 41 / 59
  • Corners: 5 / 9
  • Shots on target: 3 / 3
  • Shots wide: 2 / 4
  • Fouls: 10 / 5
  • Offsides: 1 / 0

 

Leicester 3, Huddersfield 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Few would have thought about the line-up being played against Huddersfield, and as always Claude Puel is in with a few surprises. We knew that Wes Morgan was out and to see Jonny Evans from start was clearly a right decission. Pereira never impressed against Bournemouth and again time for Daniel Amartey. Kelechi Iheanacho was given the chance on top and pushed Demarai Gray to the bench. Iheanacho deserved his chance, but the system played was a new one. Not really understanding it and after five minutes everything looked totally out of order, with a throw in finding Mathias Jorgensen who scored on his Danish countryman Kasper Schmeichel.

Again it started badly for Puel and his preferred team and system, like it was a new way of playing and that not all players were familier yet with this. But things started to click a bit better and after 19 minutes on a wonderful counterattack Vardy found Iheanacho who converted with a good strike on the floor. The pace became a key today and it all worked wonders in the end. A couple of more chances was there in the first half, but it all ended 1-1.

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Puel kept faith in Rachid Ghezzal but not more than one half as he struggled to find his place in this type of system. Demarai Gray came on and he again showed that he was hungry and eager to go.

Jamie Vardy could have scored from a James Maddison free kick, but missed the chance and his shot on volley went wide, not as the one last season against West Bromwich, who was a simular shot, but then he scored.

Leicester kept momentum and pushed Huddersfield to make several errors, one of them ended in a free kick to Leicester after 66 minutes. A fantastically well place hurdling shot above the Bournemouth wall and into the goal, 2-1.

Huddersfield, who has not yet won a game in the Premier League this season, had a number of great chances to come back, but when Vardy was well played forward by Kelechi Iheanacho and just lifted the ball above Lossl who had no chance.

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Claude Puel must be very satisfied with his group today and the work ethic was 100 %. The reaction from the squad after the changes made was also there to see, despite being behind at an early stage. Huddersfield were a treath but the quality in the Leicester City squad is at a higher level than The Terriers, so on 9 out of 10, City should be able to win.

Shinji Okazaki and Mark Albrighton both came on, and contributed and Okazaki came close to score a goal, and Albrighton is a better passer than most players and his calm is great to have in the late stages of the game.

The changes made worked, but still not convinced about the right back position, to play Maddison in a wide free role, and not really any big day for Rachid Ghezzal who had to leave the field after the first half.

  • Positives:
    • Coming back and winning the game convincingly
    • Iheanacho and Vardy playing a great game together
    • Vardy going deep and really working like a horse in all 90 minutes
    • Evans looks good alongside Maguire
    • 9 points from 6 games, 8th position, not bad
    • Puel getting it right with a huge gamble
  • Negatives:
    • Puel not really showing confidence in Pereira
    • Amartey needs to practice on throw in’s
    • Yellow cards on Ghezzal and Ndidi
    • Not really keeping momentum from start
    • Vardy could have scored more, need him even more clinical

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Amartey 4, Chilwell 7, Evans 6, Maguire 6, Mendy 7, Ndidi 7, Vardy 8, Iheanacho 9, Maddison 8, Ghezzal 4, Subs: Gray 6, Albrighton, Okazaki

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 54 / 46
  • Corners: 3 / 1
  • Shots on target: 5 / 1
  • Shots wide: 6 / 4
  • Fouls: 10 / 16
  • Offsides: 1 / 0

 

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