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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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