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Match Preview: Leicester City vs Brentford

The build-up to tomorrow's Foxes clash

19 March 2022

Having recorded back-to-back Premier League victories, we face a trip to Leicester City tomorrow for our final action ahead of the international break. A win would move us level with Brendan Rodgers' Foxes and see us win three consecutive top-flight games for the first time since September 1946. Check out all the build-up to tomorrow's game below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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Leicester City have struggled to hit the heights of the past two seasons, which saw The Foxes come close to a top four finish on both occasions. Brendan Rodgers' side head into tomorrow's game 12th in the Premier League, albeit only three points off ninth with games in hand on all those around them. 

Another club badly impacted by festive postponements due to Covid-19, the Foxes have really struggled for consistency this campaign. Apart from a four-game unbeaten run in October, which included their 2-1 success in TW8, Leicester's longest unbeaten run this season is two games with their last 12 Premier League outings bringing four wins, two draws, and six defeats. 

It's been a different story in Europe with The Foxes booking their spot in the Quarter-Finals of the Europa Conference League on Thursday night following a 3-2 aggregate win over Rennes: PSV Eindhoven their reward in the last eight. 

Their recent run of indifferent form has coincided with the absence of talisman Jamie Vardy. The 35-year-old scored nine times in Leicester's first 15 Premier League games this season but has been restricted to just three appearances since due to injury. 

There are plenty of miles in the legs already for a number of Leicester players; 14 of their squad have featured in 25 or more fixtures with The Foxes set to play a minimum of 56 competitive games this term.   

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Jordan Blackwell of Leicestershire Live, said: "I think he will stick with a 4-3-3 system. They have changed the midfield to make it more defensive; I think one of the improvements he has made was the pressing higher up the pitch and the system has been more conducive to that. Along with that, there has been a change in personnel, so Marc Albrighton has been playing a lot recently because he offers the work rate further forward, and he has been playing on the right of a front three. Dewsbury-Hall has got the biggest set of lungs in the squad and he is really key in that he can get forward, press and close down the opposition, but he also has the energy to get back as well. He will play on the left of a midfield three. It is a tricky one because from November, James Maddison (above) was, by far and away, the club’s most in-form player and in the best form of his career. Now, Leicester have picked a formation, where there isn’t really a space for him. In this three-man midfield, you have got Wilfried Ndidi at the base protecting the back four and then two box-to-box midfielders, so there isn’t really a No 10 spot for Maddison. Rodgers’ team selection really is about focusing on the team rather than getting the best individuals in it, at the moment.

TEAM NEWS

Josh Dasilva completes his three-game suspension while Julian Jeanvier (knee) remains out. 

For Leicester, Çağlar Söyüncü (illness) could feature tomorrow as could Jonny Evans (hamstring). Patson Daka (illness) is less of a certainty to be involved while Wilfred Ndidi (knee) and Marc Albrighton (groin) went off on Thursday night against Rennes. Timothy Castagne (thigh) and Jamie Vardy (knee) are recovering well but will not make the weekend's match.

MATCH FACTS

  • Brentford have won their last two Premier League matches, as many as they had in their previous 14 combined (D2 L10). The Bees last won three consecutive top-flight contests in September 1946. 
  • Ivan Toney has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Brentford, having netted four in his first 19 this term. In his last two outings he has netted three goals at Norwich City and two against Burnley – the last player to score 2+ goals in three consecutive Premier League appearances was Tammy Abraham (September 2019), while the last to do so for a promoted side was Kevin Phillips (December 1999 with Sunderland).
  • Leicester City have won each of their last five Premier League matches against promoted sides, including all three this season. They’ve never won six consecutive top-flight encounters with promoted sides before. 
  • Brentford have scored a league-high 50 per cent of their Premier League goals from set-piece situations this season (16/32, including penalties), while Leicester have conceded a competition-high 47 per cent of their league goals in 2021/22 from such situations (21/45). 

THE MANAGER

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Brendan Rodgers was on the books at Reading before having to give up the game at the age of 20 due to a genetic knee condition. He moved in to coaching and has made his name off the pitch.

He started his full-time coaching career - after travelling around Spain to learn from some of the best in the game - at Chelsea and progressed to Reserve Team Manager before leaving for Watford in 2008. He spent only seven months in Hertfordshire before a move to Reading but he was sacked after six months.

Rodgers then moved to Swansea and his career took off. He took them into the Premier League in his first season and kept them up before moving to Liverpool in 2012. The Reds were in position to win the Premier League in 2013/14 but faltered at the last and Manchester City took the title. Rodgers ended up leaving in late 2015 and moved to Celtic the following summer, winning every domestic trophy he competed in as Celtic went on to complete a third treble in a row following his departure in February 2019.

At the King Power Stadium he's led The Foxes to back-to-back fifth-placed finishes in his two full seasons as well as the FA Cup and Community Shield.

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

VAR: Graham Scott 

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Leicester City 2021/22

235 fouls - Fewest in Premier League

36 yellow cards - 17th in Premier League

1 red cards - 11th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

The away Supporters' area is blocks M1-M4 in the North-East corner of the stadium, entry via turnstiles 40-49. 

Read our Travel Guide

HOW TO FOLLOW

Today's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

In the UK tomorrow's game will be live on BBC Radio 5 Live and Bees Player. Former Bees striker Isaiah Rankin, joins Mark Burridge for live commentary from the King Power. 

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on Twitter and Instagram feeds.  

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Match Reports

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First half goals hand Brentford defeat

20 March 2022

Brentford conceded two first half goals from distance as they were beaten by Leicester City. The hosts struck twice from almost the same spot 25 yards from goal in 15 first period minutes as they took a half time lead. Yoane Wissa pulled one back for Brentford, but Leicester got over the line.

Brentford might feel a little frustrated with the 2-1 final score. Goalkeeper David Raya was beaten by two unstoppable strikes while The Bees failed to take some of their chances at the other end. It was an entertaining afternoon, but Brentford left with nothing.

It was an even start to the contest, with few chances in the opening stages. Both teams had spells of possession and times when they had the ball in opposition territory. When the opening goal arrived, it came from the first shot on target of the afternoon, 20 minutes in.

The ball was switched from right to left for Harvey Barnes. He was able to spot the run of Timothy Castagne, arriving from left back. The ball was set for Castagne, and he smashed it right footed in to the top corner. The ball arrowed across Raya, who dived to his left but was almost helpless as the ball flew past him in to the top corner.

The goal came almost out of nothing and defied much of what had happened before. James Maddison had pulled a shot wide for the home side and Ivan Toney had created an opening at the other end. He beat Castagne to a bouncing ball and got in to the penalty area. The ball was fed to Mbeumo, and he saw a shot blocked, albeit it looked like he may have been tripped by Çağlar Söyüncü as he got his effort off. Toney’s follow-up was blocked, and Referee Darren England waved away appeals for a penalty. Video Assistant Referee Graham Scott also checked the incident and saw nothing untoward.

The game opened up after the goal. Brentford had a more attacking outlook and began to use the space in behind Leicester’s defence. They could have levelled when Wissa strode in to space on the left and found Mathias Jensen arriving. The shot from Jensen was first-time, left-footed and fierce, but also straight at Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who saved.

The Bees also tested Leicester with a series of set pieces and almost scored from one. A corner was recycled by Toney and Christian Nørgaard crossed to Mbeumo on the far post. He drilled it back in but could neither find Pontus Jansson, waiting in the middle, or the net.

Instead, the second goal was scored by Leicester. Maddison won himself a free kick 25 yards out as he allowed Jensen to run in to him and bundle him over. He picked himself up and bent the shot over the defensive wall and out of the reach of Raya. The shot, from basically the same spot Castagne scored from, fizzed past the Brentford goalkeeper, who flew full stretch to his right but could not keep the effort out as it bent just inside the post.

Both teams continued with their attacking mindset as half time approached, but it was Leicester who created the chances. Brentford’s attacking play seemed to falter in the final stages. They could not find the right final pass or create the key opening to give them shots on goal.

Leicester were able to create openings and could have scored a third before the break. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall robbed Nørgaard in midfield and set off towards goal before pulling a shot just past the post. There was also some nice interplay inside the area that saw Kelechi Iheanacho release James Justin. Justin got away from Jansson and fired in a shot that Raya saved with his legs.

Raya was also in action early in the second half, saving to his right when Maddison shot from 20 yards. Justin and Iheanacho also saw efforts blocked as Leicester started the second half brightly. The hosts were on the front foot, looking to push forward and should have grabbed a third when Iheanacho got on to a Justin pass and turned in to space. He raced from half way with only Raya to beat, the ball was lifted over the Brentford goalkeeper but bounced wide.

But Brentford were also on the attack at the start of the second half. They won some early set pieces and forced Leicester to defend their six-yard box. The hosts took the unusual stance of leaving three men forward when they were defending corners. It caused a strange scene with seven players in one half of the pitch and the rest inside the Leicester penalty area, apart from Jensen taking the corner, and Brentford almost exploited it.

Jansson headed a corner over and was then alert when a long throw dropped loose and Vitaly Janelt won the ball. Jansson’s shot deflected wide. The resulting corner was half cleared but Ajer was able to make space and cross to the far post. Jansson rose highest and powered a header at goal, but Schmeichel kept it out.

Justin volleyed over on the stretch for Leicester when the hosts broke quickly, but Brentford had the upper hand. They introduced Shandon Baptiste and Mads Roerslev as they looked to control possession and continued to create chances. Baptiste and Wissa created space for Jensen 20 yards out, but he sliced across the ball, and it flew wide.

Baptiste was also involved in Brentford’s best chance of the afternoon. His pass gave Toney the space to deliver a cross to the far post where Mbeumo headed down, but Schmeichel made a block. Wissa got to the loose ball as Justin dithered but the shot from Baptiste was blocked. VAR Mr Scott may have adjudged Mbeumo offside on a second look, but the flag initially stayed down.

The flag also stayed down at the other end when Maddison’s pass gave Justin only Raya to beat, but his shot lacked the power to trouble the Brentford goalkeeper. Toney headed a Rico Henry cross over for The Bees before substitute Tariqe Fosu crossed for Mbeumo. The ball was a fraction behind Mbeumo, and he tried an acrobatic effort, but failed to make a good enough connection with it.

Iheanacho headed wide for Leicester before Brentford pulled one back. Baptiste was tackled as he tried to stride forward but the ball broke to Mbeumo. His pass found Wissa in space, and he smashed a shot past Schmeichel and in to the net. The shot, from 22 yards, faded away to Schmeichel’s left and The Bees had a lifeline.

Barnes steered a Maddison free kick wide for Leicester, but Brentford had the initiative in the dying minutes as they chased the game. Fosu wriggled in to the penalty area on the left and his deflected shot was pushed away by Schmeichel. Toney had an effort blocked from a half cleared corner before Mbeumo bent an effort in to the arms of Schmeichel. There were late set pieces as Brentford put men forward, but Leicester stood firm and got the win.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Justin, Söyüncü, Amartey, Castagne (sub Evans 64 mins); Tielemans, Mendy, Dewsbury-Hall (sub Soumaré 79 mins); Maddison, Iheanacho (sub Daka 86 mins), Barnes

Subs (not used): Jakupović, Pérez, Choudhury, Pereira, Vestergaard, Thomas

Bookings: Dewsbury-Hall (76 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer (sub Roerslev 66 mins), Jansson, Pinnock, Henry (sub Fosu 74 mins); Jensen, Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Baptiste 56 mins); Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa

Subs (not used): Fernández, Zanka, Bech, Onyeka, Canós, Young-Coombes

Bookings: Pinnock (83 mins), Nørgaard (90 mins)  

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Ticket News

Leicester Ticket Update

Our away fixture against Leicester City will now be played on Sunday 20 March

28 February 2022

In case you missed it, Brentford’s Premier League match away to Leicester City has been shifted. The Bees were due to play away to Leicester on Saturday 19 March. The game will now take place a day later – Sunday 20 March – and will kick-off at 2pm at the King Power Stadium. Read more here.

Tickets for this fixture were sold out however we haven’t issued any ticket for this game yet. If you are not able to attend the rearranged fixture you have until Thursday, 3 March, 5pm to get a refund for your ticket. Please email tickets@brentfordfc.com or call 0333 005 8521 to cancel your order.  We will keep Season Ticket Holders and Members yet to purchase updated if a few tickets become available to purchase.

If you can attend the rearranged fixture, you will receive your tickets by next week.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

For supporters traveling by coach, they will depart at 8.30am from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford). Please arrive promptly, as we are unable to wait for late arrivals.

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