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

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Leicester started the game in a very positive way and was the better team for most of the first half, creating a number of opportunities and really looking good.

Puel came out in a type of a camouflage system, not easy to tell what he was up to, playing Maddison in the middle and Iheanacho and Vardy out wide, but it worked well as City managed to keep momentum and press Arsenal backwards.

Amartey had been moved into the middle with Evans and Maguire, and at once Amartey looked more settled as he is getting more exposed out wide to the right. Chilwell and Pereira played at the flanks, with Mendy and Ndidi in the center. So you can call it what you want, but it was a 3-4-3 of some kind, or some sort of 3-5-2 but not sure.

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Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho both had great chances before Ben Chilwell converted a good pass from Ndidi into a goal via the foot of Hector Bellerin. Leicester were 1-0 up, and at that time it was fair.

The fact that Leicester early in the first half never were given a clear penalty from a Holding handball, made it even more satisfying to get that first goal. Leicester continued to do well, but as we had feared, Puel’s plan didn’t last longer than 44 minutes, with a clinical finish from Ozil making it 1-1.

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Leicester again came close early in the second half with a header in the crossbad from Wilfred Ndidi, and again of course sad to see yet another great chance missed. As always you will be punished for those errors later on against good teams such as Arsenal.

While Leicester’s substitutions never worked in favor of the team, Arsenal experienced the total opposite, with Aubameyang coming on and scoring 2-1 and 3-1 after fantastic play, as Leicester had to see a new defeat and points lost, after a relatively good game.

All Arsenal goals were both fantastic to watch, scoring after great one touch passing finished by Ozil and Aubameyang . Looking at the game in total, Arsenal deserved the win, but everything could have been very different if that penalty had been given.

  • Positives:
    • Most players doing well in a difficult game
    • Creating a great number of clear chances
    • A great goal and finish from Ben Chilwell
    • Being able to dominate in periods at The Emirates, not often seen
  • Negatives:
    • Vardy getting injured in the end, after a difficult game
    • Puel not being able to get the best out of substitutions
    • Ghezzal not really a player for this type of event, strange performance
    • Letting in three goals, not being able to cover, being outplayed at times
    • Not being able to convert great chances into goals
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Amartey 6, Chilwell 7, Evans 5, Maguire 7, Mendy 6, Ndidi 7, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 6, Maddison 6, Pereira 7, Subs: Albrighton, Oakazaki, Ghezzal

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 65 / 35
  • Corners: 0 / 4
  • Shots on target: 4 / 2
  • Shots wide: 8 / 3
  • Fouls: 10 / 9
  • Offsides: 2 / 1

 

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

 

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