This is a Premier League fixture with the potential for fireworks, as Leicester City welcome Leeds United to the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams play exciting attacking football, so the outcome of this game is likely to come down to which team puts in the best defensive performance.
Where and when: King Power Stadium – 31 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Leicester vs. Leeds: Sky Sports
Last time: Leicester were a cut above Leeds when these teams met at Elland Road in early November, with Youri Tielemans netting a brace in a 4-1 victory for the visiting Foxes.
Leicester v Leeds Predictions and Preview
Leicester City showed their Premier League experience and better defensive ability when they beat Leeds United just a few months ago. The question heading into this return fixture is whether the Whites can learn from their mistakes to exact their revenge on the Foxes.
Beating an in-form Leicester side is going to be a tall order for Leeds. Brendan Rodgers’ side took an eight-game unbeaten record into Wednesday’s trip to Everton, winning each of their five games prior to their match at Goodison Park.
The Foxes only conceded two goals in that five-match winning run, rising to third in the Premier League table in the process. Leicester are looking like a polished, clinical team capable of going one better this season and breaking into the top four. Indeed, in the strange circumstances of this season, they are certainly in the title race at present.
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Leeds will be happy to retain their top-flight status in their first Premier League campaign since 2004. However, Whites supporters are no doubt dreaming about rising back into the top half of the table and challenging for the European places.
That would be a remarkable achievement for Marcelo Bielsa and his players, but it’s one they won’t manage unless they sort out their defence. The top teams have usually found Leeds easy to play against, thanks to their cavalier style which leaves them short at the back.
Leicester are much more of a ball-playing side than their title-winning vintage of 2016, but their path to victory here could be in sitting in to guard against Leeds’ runners before striking themselves on the break. The absence of Jamie Vardy is a blow, but the likes of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes have been in superb form of late.
The home team are the 10/11 favourites for the win in this Leicester v Leeds preview, with the visitors priced at 3/1 with William Hill. Near even money on the Foxes could prove excellent value given their thumping victory over Leeds earlier in the campaign, although if you think this game will end in a draw, that’s also available at 3/1.
One to watch for Leicester: Harvey Barnes has been superb in recent weeks, catapulting himself into the reckoning for the England squad for this summer’s Euros. He is 7/1 to further impress by netting the opener on Sunday afternoon.
One to watch for Leeds: Patrick Bamford is due a goal after going four games without scoring. The Whites striker bagged seven in 10 appearances before that, and is 6/1 to break the deadlock in these Leicester v Leeds predictions.
Long shot: Leicester beat Leeds 3-1 the last time these teams met at the King Power, which was in a 2017 League Cup tie. That would’ve been the score when they played each other earlier this season if not for an injury-time penalty for the Foxes. Leicester are 13/1 to win this game 3-1, rising to 104/1 with Barnes scoring first.