Liverpool vs Leicester City

Liverpool vs Leicester City Preview: Leading from the front

Liverpool may not have won the league for 29 years, but this is not their first title challenge in that period. However, they have usually been the hunter rather than the hunted; according to Stats Zone, this will be the Reds’ 10th Premier League game where they’ve started top of the table this season, more than they’ve played in every other individual campaign since 1992.

And in the next few weeks they will be very much the hunted. Liverpool haven’t played after Manchester City in any of the last six match weeks, yet will do so twice within the next week, and a further two times later in February. At the time of writing, it seems safe to assume the Reds will kick off just one point clear at the top of the table (unless Newcastle pull off a miracle result  – which they did! – Ed). Will the pressure start to tell on Liverpool? Read More

Leicester vs Manchester City

Leicester vs Manchester City Preview: Can City Outfox Leicester?

With a sublime bit of skill to create space and a vicious rasp into the corner, Kevin De Bruyne announced his return to the City lineup in style last Tuesday against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup. Just over a week later, City face the same opponent in the league and their talisman should again prove the difference. City have generally weathered his spell on the sidelines well, but his presence is surely an early Christmas present to all City fans.

The issues of De Bruyne’s absence were laid bare all too quickly in the subsequent defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. With Palace’s narrow 4-5-1 forcing the issue and City’s entirely second-choice midfield of Gundogan, Bernardo and Stones unable to pass through the center, most of the attack was sent to Sterling and Sane on their respective wings.

Unfortunately, fullback is an area where Crystal Palace have strength and they rode strong performances from Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick Van Aanholt, with excellent help in defending provided by Townsend (Twelve’s top-rated Palace player in the game), to limit City’s attack. Sane and Sterling combined to lose possession 13 times and had just three successful dribbles out of 15 attempted. Read More

Chelsea vs Leicester

Chelsea vs Leicester Preview: Good times for Blues, pressure on Foxes

After losing 3-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates, Leicester City embarked on a six-game unbeaten run. It ensured they remained inside the Premier League top 10 up until match day 15. But two consecutive defeats have sent the Foxes reeling. They’re now 12th in the table and could sink further with another defeat here.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are beginning to breathe some fresh air. They got hounded by Wolves on match day 15 but bounced back remarkably to end Manchester City’s unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory. It was followed by a trip to Brighton that saw them return with all three points.

Leicester must know what to expect when they travel to Stamford Bridge: they won’t see the ball too often. Maurizio Sarri’s system depends on steady buildup and smooth passing. It’s why the Blues are second behind Manchester City in terms of passes completed, with 11,718 passes, and why five Chelsea players are among the Premier League’s top 10 passers so far. Read More

Leicester City vs Tottenham

Leicester City vs Tottenham Preview: The shifting press

It’s funny how the momentum seems to shift from game to game in the Premier League this season. Of course, in part, this comes from the media need for interest to be generated across a 38-game season. But in this case, the artist formerly known as the Top 4, now imaginatively titled the Top 6, has something of a turbulent feel to it.

Take Spurs, for example. Going from a 3-1 win over London rivals Chelsea to a 4-2 loss to London rivals Arsenal (via a 1-0 win over Inter in the Champions League), it’s hard to know exactly how we should be viewing Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Not that a team is only as good as it’s last game. In many respects, Tottenham’s loss to Arsenal can be traced to a failure in its ‘diamond’ pressing system to account for Arsenal’s ability to use width. Read More

Arsenal vs Leicester Premier League Preview

Arsenal vs Leicester: Can the Gunners hit ten in a row?

When the Premier League season began, Unai Emery’s rebuilding process had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line for Arsenal. There was a fair bit of chop and change with Alexandre Lacazette getting regular cameos, however it took the fourth game of the season against Cardiff City for the Frenchman to lead the line.

For large parts of the games he started without Lacazette, Aubameyang was isolated. In the game against West Ham, the lanky striker was limited to 20 touches with none in the opposition box.

After Lacazette’s inclusion, Aubameyang was more effective with more touches in the box and more shots at goal, though he had less touches in total because he was shifted to the left side of attack. Emery persisted with the Gabonese for the first three games until he moved him to the left side of attack to accommodate Lacazette in the starting line-up. Read More

Leicester City vs Liverpool Premier League Preview

Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Summer Additions Make Difference for Reds

Round four of the 2018/19 season kicks off on Saturday lunchtime with Leicester City vs Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. The former league champions from 2015/16 will play host to the current table-toppers.

The Foxes prepare to welcome Liverpool on the back of successive victories against Wolves and Southampton, but they will face a daunting task of halting the rampant Reds and their perfect start to the campaign. Leicester will be looking at Harry Maguire to maintain his fine run of form, but will it be enough to stop the inspired Liverpool?

Rampant Reds

It feels great being a Liverpool supporter at the moment. The Reds have made a sensational start to the new season with three straight victories, despite putting in a slightly below-par performance against Brighton and Hove Albion last time out. Read More

Manchester United

Manchester United vs. Leicester City Preview: Fred to make debut?

Manchester United kick off their Premier League season against Leicester City on Friday evening, with the hopes of getting off to a good start in a bid to challenge Manchester City for the title.

After finishing second last season, a long way behind their rivals who had more or less sewn up the title by the turn of the year, United need to raise their game this campaign. A good performance against Leicester would be a great place to start.

One positive is that their best outfield player, Paul Pogba, returns to Manchester as a world champion. The renewed confidence and swagger this will give the Frenchman should work in United’s favour over the course of the season, but with his holiday starting later than his teammates’, it’s unlikely he will feature in the opening game.

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