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

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A difficult day for everyone, the first game after that terrible accident last week and a lot of emotions from all over, and of course great to see players, staff, owners and fans so together, that is surely touching for everyone.

The team selection was also one with an emotional touch, bringing Wes Morgan back in, and also naming Danny Simpson on the bench. Morgan replaced Soyuncu, who had to watch the game from the stands, not really knowing why, but probably the wisest decission to make as it would have been strange to see someone else walking the team out in this game.

Claude Puel did everything right this afternoon, even had to bring in a player for Harry Maguire so early in the game, routine was a key as Evans replaced the England international and played to his best alongside Wes Morgan. We are seeing a captain leading by example out there this evening.

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Leicester had their chances early on and was the better team through out the game, and the big talk was of course the save of former Leicester City defender Sol Bamba, hitting the ball with his arm so the shot of Jamie Vardy hit the bar and flew up in the stands.

Lee Probert, the referee, was probably the only one who didn’t see the touch and a red card and a penalty would have been the right decision. Kasper also had to save a few attempts from the Cardiff players, but it was still 0-0 at half time.

A committed Leicester City team entered the field in the 2nd half and a number of great attempts finally made it possible to score. A good finish from Demarai Gray, assisted by Ben Chilwell after 55 minutes was what needed to bring home all three points.

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Jamie Vardy had to leave the field again without a goal, but he was lively and had that one in the first half, and in the 2nd he was alone with Cardiff goalkeeper Etheridge, who saved heroically.

A well balanced Leicester City team had no problem in stoppage time to keep Cardiff City of distance, even when The Bluebirds decided to field Danny Ward after 79 minutes. How they managed to get him into a Cardiff City kit is a riddle, and of course strange to see Leicester City’s goalkeeper being able to both sit on the bench and play at the same time.

The joke aside, but again a funny story, as Leicester City’s goalkeeper is Welsh and the Danny Ward coming on for Cardiff is an Englishman. This was also the first time Leicester and Cardiff met in a Premier League game.

Claude Puel said he didn’t bother about the result, but as we all felt for him and the players, everyone supporting Leicester City, surely those three points will be vital for the rest of the season. This looks like a way forward Claude, keep it simple, be dull and just play the best team. Great to see Danny Simpson back in first team action as well, coming on for Gray in the last 20 minutes.

  • Positives:
    • Able to create chances and score a vital goal
    • Claude Puel getting his tactics correctly
    • All players committed and hard battling
    • Getting all three points, keeping a clean sheet
    • Wes Morgan leading the way as captain
    • Demarai Gray being the goalscorer, at his best he is a great player
    • Danny Simpson getting his first minutes of first team action this season
    • Positive to see Pereira being good both attacking and defending
  • Negatives:
    • Maguire getting injured, not really knowing how long his rest will be
    • Yellow cards on Pereira and Gray
    • Lee Probert, missing a penalty and booking Demarai Gray, bad judgement
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 7, Chilwell 8, Maguire , Morgan 7, Mendy 6, Ndidi 7, Vardy 7, Maddison 6, Albrighton 6, Gray 8, Subs: Evans 6, Simpson, Iborra

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 54 / 46
  • Corners: 6 / 12
  • Shots on target: 3 / 3
  • Shots wide: 6 / 7
  • Fouls: 13 / 12
  • Offsides: 4 / 3

 

Cardiff v. Leicester, Match Preview, Fans View, Who’s in, Who’s out

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After a week like this, who are really bothering about football. The game away to Cardiff will be special for one reason only, but let’s hope that everyone has the energy to go out and perform the way Vichai would have liked.

Claude Puel can be a bit proud after the game v. West Ham, really putting pressure on The Hammers, but unfortunately not able to score the two goals needed to win this home game, but at least managing a point from that Ndidi goal. The home form has lately been poor, with two defeats and a draw in the last three.

Cardiff, newly promoted and with Neil Warnock in charge, an old and cunning fox, who can of course make it difficult for Leicester at home. Results have not been good, but their recent 4-2 home win v. Fulham, tells a story of a team that can be difficult to play.

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Leicester will be able to field a strong side and believing that Jamie Vardy will be back in the first team, also thinking that Demarai Gray and Nampalys Mendy will get a chance to play. Ghezzal and Iheanacho will probably lose their place, so will Vicente Iborra.

But as we have seen in the past Claude Puel can surprise everyone when it comes to team selections but good to see that he gave Caglar Soyuncu his debut, a debut that shows enough to believe that Soyuncu will be a good player in Premier League.

A number of Cardiff players will miss the game, Arter, Peltier, Ralls and Meindez-Lang are all out. Leicester will of course be without Amartey, and long term injured Matty James. Wes Morgan is back in contention again, after serving his ban.

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So who are Cardiff City and who should Leicester look out for. Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid are two players who are interesting, both new signings this season, coming in from Norwich and Bristol City. Callum Paterson, a Scottish defender is also one that would be interesting to watch.

There will be a number of foxes on the roads to Cardiff, drive carefully, take care, keep the spirit high and stand behind your men, always. This could be a way to really find a good path forward, give your support, do the owner proud.

Cardiff City is a team from Wales, but in their first team squad you will only find one from their own nation, defender Jazz Richards. The 27 year old former Swansea and Fulham player is a lonely “dragon” among a united nations of players.

Leicester are currently 12 in the table, Cardiff City just above the relegation positions at 17. A win for Leicester could close the gap a bit and also make a possible climb possible.

Referee,
Lee Probert, is the one with the whistle

Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 21.12.12, 0-1, Defeat, League Championship
Away: 12.03.13, 1-1, Draw, League Championship

Best Bet,
Our prediction is a 1-0 win to Leicester

Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Maguire, Coyuncu, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Gray, Albrighton – Maddison – Vardy

Fun Fact,
Kasper Schmeichel played for Cardiff City against Leicester City at King Power Stadium, keeping a clean sheet, that was back in November 2007, in the Championship, the game ended 0-0.

In Both Camps,
Kasper is one player with games for both clubs, so are Danny Drinkwater, who also spent time on loan at Cardiff and later as we all know made the most out of his move to Leicester. There are players at Cardiff today also who have played for Leicester, Greg Cunningham, Sol Bamba and Lee Peltier are all previous foxes. Peter Rodrigues, Willie Carlin and John Farrington are others, so are Keith Robson, Paul Ramsey, Carl Muggleton and Mark Grew

The big duel,
Maddison v. Reid, the two creative midfielders will be key players for their teams and the one of them that gets the edge will be in the winning team

Yes we care, Riyad Mahrez, Man City, still a fox, two goals today!

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Riyad Mahrez left Leicester City this summer and as we predicted a new life at Manchester City will be more difficult and challenging, but today he showed what a class player he is, two goals in the game v. Cardiff City.

Mahrez came on as a sub, replacing Sergio Aguero in the 61st minute, just a few minutes later he had scored two goals in his stylish way, just as he did for Leicester City during his time at the club.

So far it’s been a bit of a struggle to get into the the “swing of things” under Pep Guardiola, but he is very much involved and will compete at the very highest level for Manchester City.

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The £65 million move, of course a record sale by Leicester City, shows how much value have increased among Leicester City players, and how you can by joining this club, go to the sky of international football.

Leicester City had 10 different players at the World Cup this summer, and are now among those clubs delivering the most to the England national team, even without Jamie Vardy there are at least four players either included or close to a full international call up.

The now 27 year old Mahrez, who was signed from Le Havre back in 2014 for a fee of £400 000, shows the way for amazing talent with a dream hiding in the shadows. So how is it possible to progress from such a scene into the limelight of top football.

Hopefully Claude Puel, the current Leicester City manager, will understand how he should recruit players, either from own ranks, at a lower level or just by good connections abroad and stay away from other Premier League clubs and just bring the team forward.

The amazing rise of Mahrez is an example to follow, the same can be said about Jamie Vardy who has signed a new five year deal and will stay the rest of his best years at Leicester City, today delivering a top performance.

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The other players knocking on the England door, James Maddison and Demarai Gray together with full internationals Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell are great examples on how you bring talent forward, fantastic to watch.

Either coming up from the youth system, or signed from clubs lower in the system. Gray coming in from Birmingham and James Maddison signed from Norwich. Maddison is today a class act and his free kick the 2-1 goal is just fantastic.

So please continue the Leicester City way, and hopefully Kelechi Iheanacho who in a way “switched” with Mahrez, with a deficit of £40 million, makes an impressive performance. In the big picture we see a pattern to follow.

Riyad Mahrez has since joining Man City played 6 official games, and scored 2 goals. if he continue in that way, he will be a legend at Etihad in the next two or three years, and for those who believe he will “not shine”, forget it, Guardiola will take care of that and get Mahrez to an even higher level, Tcf predicts.

Today Mahrez comes in from the bench together with John Stones and Phil Foden. Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all unused subs, so be careful with judgements and talk about Mahrez, he will shine, and yes, as a former fox with a very special status, we wish him all the best, at least Tcf does.

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