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Match Preview: Brentford vs Leicester City

All set for a Sunday showdown against The Foxes

11 Hours ago

Matchday is here again and this time it is Leicester City who head to TW8 in the Premier League. The Foxes arrive fresh from two fine wins this week with both sides looking to cement a spot in the top half with victory. Get all the build-up to the game below.

THE OPPOSITION

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It may have been a slow start to the season for Leicester City but eight goals in two games this week show that Brendan Rodgers' side remain one of the most dangerous outfits in the Premier League.

One win in five at the end of last season cost them a Champions League place and that poor run looked to carry over into this campaign as The Foxes won just three of their first ten matches in all competitions. 

However, the reigning FA Cup and Community Shield holders put four past Manchester United last Saturday before repeating the trick in midweek against Spartak Moscow in the Europa League; summer signing Patson Daka getting all four in Moscow. 

Daka now has five goals in all competitions this season but it is the ageless Jamie Vardy (above) who leads Leicester's scoring charts with seven league goals in eight outings. 

In midfield, Youri Tielemans has been getting admiring glances from some of Europe's biggest clubs while between the sticks Kasper Schmeichel hasn't missed a league game for Leicester since May 2018.

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press Jordan Blackwell of Leicestershire Live, said: "Before the international break, Rodgers said he would have to look at the way he sets up the team because it isn’t working at the minute, so essentially, he is still experimenting to try and find the best option to solve their dilemmas. The formation they have started more regularly with this season is a 4-2-3-1, with forward-thinking full-backs. It’s almost asymmetrical in that the right-back – whether that is Timothy Castagne or Ricardo Pereira – will be expected to push on and play as a winger or certainly a wing-back and the left-back – which has tended to be Ryan Bertrand – drops in and forms a back three with the centre-backs. Then there will be two central midfielders, one of whom is likely to be Youri Tielemans (above) and two wide players in Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman. It is still a team with a hell of a lot of talent, it just isn’t clicking for them at the moment.

TEAM NEWS

Mads Bech (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip), Yoane Wissa (ankle) and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) are all out and Thomas Frank will have a late assessment on Vitaly Janelt to see if he can be involved. 

For Leicester there will be no Wesley Fofana (leg), Marc Albrighton (shin), Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring), or James Justin (knee) but Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, and Timothy Castagne should all be fit to play. Jonny Evans is managing a foot issue, having started The Foxes two games this week. 

MATCH STATS

  • Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last four Premier League matches. A goal here would make him the eighth player to have three different runs of scoring in five consecutive PL matches, after Sergio Aguero (7), Alan Shearer (5), Ruud van Nistelrooy (4), Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, Michael Owen and Robin van Persie (all 3).
  • Brentford are winless in their last seven meetings with Leicester in all competitions (D1 L6) since a 3-2 win in the second tier in March 1953.
  • Both of Brentford’s Premier League defeats so far have come in home matches (v Brighton and Chelsea), while five of their seven goals conceded in the competition have come at the Brentford Community Stadium.
  • Since recording back-to-back shutouts at Fulham and Wolves back in February, Leicester are without a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League away matches, their longest such run since October 2019. However, the Foxes have also scored in each of those 11 matches.

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.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Leicester frontman Kelechi Iheanacho told lcfc.com: “Hopefully it will be a good game. They are a good side but hopefully we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve started good now. Hopefully we will pick up from there and we will keep winning games now, do very well and give the fans something.

“I’ve watched them a couple of times now and they’ve been doing really well. But it’s nothing new to us. Of course, we know how they are, we’ve played them before. But I think they are a different side now, they know this is the Premier League.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us. We need to take them seriously; we just need to play our game and we need to be ready for the fight. I think that we need to be fast, play quick and shift the ball from side to side.”

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Derek Eaton 

Fourth official: Darren England 

VAR: Lee Mason 

Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.

Leicester City 2021/22

63 fouls - 18th in Premier League 

10 yellow cards - 17th in Premier League 

1 red card - Joint-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

In line with recent Premier League guidance, we will be conducting a limited number of COVID-19 status spot checks at our upcoming home games – including at the Chelsea game

HOW TO FOLLOW

Today's game will not be shown live in the UK or Ireland but will be available through the Premier League's overseas broadcast partners. 

BeesPlayer match passes are available as Marcus Bean and Charlie MacDonald join Mark Burridge for live commentary.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Leicester City 2

Zanka goal unable to prevent Brentford slipping to defeat

3 Hours ago

Brentford conceded a goal in each half as they slipped to defeat to Leicester City. The Bees dominated long periods of the first half but fell behind to sensational strike from Youri Tielemans. Zanka equalised for The Bees, but Leicester got the third goal and took the points with a 2-1 win.

Brentford will feel hard done by to leave without at least a share of the spoils. They had a goal disallowed for offside early on and had all the chances in the opening exchanges. The second half was more even but The Bees appeared to be in the ascendency when Leicester grabbed the winning goal, and the hosts could not fight back.

Brentford made a very fast start to the game and spent the opening ten minutes camped in the Leicester half. They dominated the centre of the pitch, finding gaps to pass through and also pushed the Leicester defence back with balls in behind. The hosts had a series of early set pieces and created chances in the opening exchanges.

The Bees could have scored inside the first two minutes when Leicester failed to deal with a Zanka long throw. The ball dropped to Christian Nørgaard, and his swivel volley was destined for the bottom corner before Kasper Schmeichel got down to save low to his left. The resulting corner was flicked on at the near post and Nørgaard headed it back in to the danger area. Pontus Jansson beat Schmeichel to it but could not get high enough to head it down and in. Schmeichel’s attempted punch clearance saw his fist connect with Jansson but neither Referee Simon Hooper nor Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason saw it as a foul.

The Bees did have the ball in the net a couple of minutes later. Nørgaard and Mathias Jensen combined in midfield to release Rico Henry on the left, he cut inside Ricardo Pereira and delivered a pass for Ivan Toney to tap in at the far post. Unfortunately for The Bees, Assistant Referee Derek Eaton had his flag raised for offside and the goal was ruled out with Mr Mason confirming the decision.

Brentford found different ways to open Leicester up in the first minutes of the game. A pass from Sergi Canós was flicked first time by Toney in to the path of Mbeumo, he weaved inside Çaglar Söyüncü and was left with only Schmeichel to beat but fed his effort wide of the far post. The Bees had complete control of the game at that stage. They were good enough in possession in midfield to pull Leicester around and troubled them from set pieces.

Brentford had not, however, scored in that fine opening spell and Leicester took their opportunity to grab the first goal. They won a free kick on the right when Henry was adjudged to have blocked Pereira and took the opportunity to play it in to the penalty area. Henry headed it away but only as far as Tielemans, who stepped on to it and smashed a shot from 25 yards out of the reach of David Raya and in to the net. Leicester had barely had a touch in Brentford territory but the shot from Tielemans faded away from Raya high to his left and nestled in the net to give the visitors the lead.

James Maddison found space to weave his way to the edge of the Brentford penalty area and curl a shot wide soon after the goal, but the pattern of the game did not really alter. Brentford dominated possession and territory and had openings to level up before half time. An Ethan Pinnock header from a long throw was easy for Schmeichel and the goalkeeper was then fortunate to see a clever pass from Canós drop just too far ahead of Mbeumo. Had Mbeumo got to it, he would have been around the goalkeeper and walking the ball in to the net.

Mbeumo saw a shot blocked and Frank Onyeka failed to make contact with a dropping ball when Pinnock met a deep corner. There was a fine save from Schmeichel, tipping a Toney header over the bar. Toney had met an Onyeka cross after Nørgaard and Jensen had created space in midfield. The resulting corner dropped loose, and Henry pulled a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Both teams made changes at the interval, and both appeared to be due to injury. Jamie Vardy was replaced by Patson Daka for Leicester while Pinnock was unable to reappear for the second half for The Bees after a couple of knocks before the interval. Kristoffer Ajer was introduced in his place as both sides stuck with their first half shape.

The game was, however, a little different in the early stages of the second half. Leicester saw more of the ball, particularly in midfield, and it was an even contest. David Raya was forced to save low to his right from Maddison after a run from midfield. Maddison was then involved to create space for Boubakary Soumaré, but the shot was, again, saved by Raya.

A Toney header had been saved by Schmeichel, but Brentford had less attacking possession at the start of the second period. Leicester’s midfield had tighter reins of The Bees and it was harder to play through and progress up the pitch. When Brentford’s goal came on the hour mark, it came when Leicester appeared to have some sort of control.

The equaliser came from a corner on the left. Jensen delivered it towards the near post and Zanka rose highest, he flicked a header across Schmeichel and in to the far corner to level the contest. The delivery was superb and Zanka’s header nestled in the corner to leave the game at 1-1 with 30 minutes remaining.

Daka headed over for Leicester and Henry set up a chance for Ajer after robbing Maddison. The shot from Ajer took a couple of deflections and bounced wide. And then, out of nothing, Leicester scored the winning goal. The visitors cleared a free kick and picked up the ball in midfield. Brentford’s defence stepped up and a ball through allowed Daka to run free with only Raya to beat. He unselfishly rolled it square for Maddison to tap in and give Leicester a lead that they were not about to relinquish for a second time.

The visitors did a fine job of taking the sting out of the later stages of the game. Brentford hustled and harried but were unable to build attacks in Leicester territory. The visitors were content to counter-attack, trying to get a third goal to kill the game and sat in to defend their penalty area. Kelechi Iheanacho lashed over from distance and Raya had to rush out to save at the feet of Ayoze Pérez when he looked to get on to a Daka pass.

That collision left Raya limping, but he was still able to save from Daka to keep Brentford in the contest. Daka also had a shot deflected wide late on while Nørgaard saw a shot blocked and Toney lashed wide. Brentford continued to push but could find no way through and Leicester took the points.

Brentford: Raya; Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock (sub Ajer h/t); Canós, Onyeka (sub Ghoddos 77 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo (sub Forss 57 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Roerslev, Stevens, Goode, Bidstrup, Maghoma

Bookings: Zanka (30 mins)

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Amartey, Evans, Söyüncü (sub Vestergaard 68 mins); Pereira, Tielemans, Soumaré, Castagne; Maddison (sub Pérez 78 mins); Vardy (sub Daka h/t), Iheanacho

Subs (not used): Ward, Bertrand, Barnes, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Lookman

Bookings: Söyüncü (63 mins)

Attendance: 16,814 (1,723 away fans)

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Ticket News

Leicester City tickets on sale to My Bees Members at 3pm today

All My Bees Members will be able to purchase their own ticket for our home game against The Foxes at 3pm today

27 September 2021

On Sunday 24 October, we welcome Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City to West London. Tickets for this fixture will be available to all My Bees Members to purchase at 3pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

This opportunity to buy tickets will be non-guaranteed, subject to availability and Members can buy up to five additional tickets for fellow members using our friends and family functionality. As per our pledge at the start of the season, 200 Tickets will be available from the Box Office only.

On-sale Dates 

  • All My Bees Members: Monday 27 September, 3pm (non-guaranteed ticket, one per person, subject to availability).
    200 Tickets will be available from the Stadium Box Office only.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Matchday prices

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Young
Persons

U18s
Dugout £60 £50 £50 £50
Band A+ £45 £35 £35 £10
Band A £40 £30 £30 £10
Band B £35 £25 £25 £10
Family Area £25 £15 £15 £10
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.
 

Accessibility

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com 

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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