Leeds vs Leicester: Foxes have more quality
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Leeds vs Leicester: Foxes have more quality

Kick-off: 1400, 07/11/2021

Stadium: Elland Road

Leeds and Leicester are both struggling to reach the heights of last season but will be keen to sign off for the international break with a win at Elland Road.

United start the weekend hovering just one place above the relegation zone but their 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Norwich has at least eased some of the pressure.

The visitors are also in the bottom half of the table after a slow start but look to have more quality in their squad and we’re taking 6/4 for an away win as our first Leeds vs Leicester prediction.

A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds

Leeds were a breath of fresh air on their return to the Premier League but ‘second-season syndrome’ looks a genuine possibility in West Yorkshire.

Their only victories so far have been against promoted clubs Watford and Norwich, and their display at Carrow Road was hardly a vintage one.

They did enough to claim a vital victory though as second-half goals from Raphinha and Rodrigo sandwiched Andrew Omobamidele’s headed equaliser during a four-minute spell after the break.

Leeds have still managed just one clean sheet this season though and have looked weak in defence against the better teams, conceding 10 goals in defeats by Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham.

The Whites were thrashed 4-1 in this fixture last season but gained revenge with a 3-1 win at the King Power Stadium.

Another high-scoring game is anticipated here and looking at the 8/5 for the visitors to avoid defeat and over 2.5 goals.

Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Cooper, Llorente, Struijk, Dallas, James, Harrison, Phillips, Shackleton, Raphinha, Rodrigo.

Leeds are assessing Jamie Shackleton (knock) and Junior Firpo (muscle injury). The Whites are already without Luke Ayling (knee), Robin Koch (pelvis) and Patrick Bamford (ankle).

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester had won four matches in a row across all competitions before facing Arsenal last weekend but never recovered after conceding twice in the opening 18 minutes.

Midfielder Harvey Barnes admitted the hosts deserved a 2-0 defeat after such a slow and puzzling start.

He told the club’s official website: “We went into the game with so much confidence, so to start the game like we did, it’s not like us.

“We spoke before and said we needed a quick start, and got the opposite of that and gave ourselves a big task and, in the end, they were the better team.”

Leicester may settle for going in at the break on level terms here given the options they have off the bench.

Brendan Rodgers has a deeper squad to call upon than opposite number Marcelo Bielsa so we’re including Draw HT/Leicester FT in our Leeds vs Leicester betting tips at 21/4.

It is also worth noting that Barnes opened the scoring in both meetings with Leeds last season and, assuming he is fit to start after a recent sickness bug, he is available at 11/2 to score first.

Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Soumare, Vardy, Iheanacho.

James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are expected to be available after the duo missed Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Spartak Moscow due to illness.

James Justin is close to a return after a serious knee injury but Wesley Fofana (broken leg) is out and Marc Albrighton is not expected back until the end of the month.

Additional stats

Player statistic

1st half
Raphinha Goal 26'    
Raphinha Yellow card 27'    
    28' Goal Harvey Barnes
(Assist: Boubakary Soumaré)
2nd half
    74' Yellow card Wilfred Ndidi

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