Team news

Simon Grayson is still missing several key players, most notably in defence where Ben Parker and Patrick Kisnorbo remain out with long term injuries. Leeds United are also missing first choice keeper, Kasper Schmeichel as well as back-up keeper Shane Higgs. Also added to the injury list, courtesy of a dirty Middlesbrough side on Saturday are midfielders Amdy Faye and Sanchez Watt who both missed training on Monday. Billy Paynter is believed to be approaching full fitness, but with Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma firing on all cylinders he’s unlikely to start even if declared match fit.

Meanwhile, the new Leicester City manager Sven Goren Eriksson has very few injury concerns heading into tonight’s clash, with long-term absentee Dany N’Guessan the only notable player unavailable for selection.

Stats – Leeds United

Last five games: D-W-L-L-W
Current league position: 9th
Leading goalscorer: Davide Somma (6)

Leeds’ record at home so far this season stands at three wins and two defeats. Leeds have managed an average of 2.2 goals per game at Elland Road making them the third highest scoring Championship side on home soil. Unfortunately, Leeds have also conceded an average of 2 goals per game (six of which came against Preston it should be pointed out), making them the team with the 23rd worst home defensive record in the Championship.

Stats – Leicester City

Last five games: W-L-L-W-D
Current league position: 22nd
Leading goalscorer: Andy King (5)

Currently in the relegation zone, Leicester City have the worst defensive record away from home of any Championship team so far this season with an average of 3.40 goals conceded each game. Sven Goren Eriksson’s primary concern at the moment must be the defence and he’ll be looking to improve on that at Elland Road.

Head-to-head

Overall, Leeds United have the edge with 45 wins to Leicester’s 38. However, recent form shows Leicester have the upper hand with 3 wins and 3 draws since the last time Leeds United beat them.

The last game between these two sides was earlier this season when Leicester knocked Leeds United out of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory at Elland Road.

Odds/Predictions

The bookies have Leeds United as favourites for this one with odds around the evens mark. Leicester meanwhile are around 5/2 for the win.

With two extremely fragile defences, Leeds coming off the back of a good win at Middlesbrough and the Leicester players keen to impress their new manager I’d avoid putting any money on this one! If I was going to put any money on, I’d probably bet on the amount of goals scored (more than 5 for example) rather than an eventual winner; Leicester’s league position disguises what is a pretty strong team who are more than capable of turning Leeds over.

  • Christopher Gee

    Although they have few injury worries, Leicester are missing Matty Fryatt through suspension. He’s always seemed to have a good game against us, but this will be a tough test even so. Losing Watt and Faye leaves us with the midfield that played against Preston unless SG has a trick up his sleeve?

  • Matt BB

    I think its about the shape of the team. If you put Alex Bruce into a holding mid role next to howson or kilkenny, and played Sam or Gradel in the place of Watt you have a similar team to the one which won at Middlesbro.

  • Paul South Wales

    Howard will cause us major problems, ala P|arkin

  • Bill Fox

    Really hope Faye passes the fitness test – increasingly convinced he is to be a key influence now. We all wanted that holding/defensive midfielder and here he is. Wearing 17 with a contract to January………

    • TSS

      @captaincrash You say “we all” but I’ve always maintained that it’s an unnecessary position and what we really need is two capable full-backs, preferably with some pace. A holding midfield simply masks the real problem.

      What Faye does bring however is a calming influence and experienced head which we’ve definitely missed in the absence of Kisnorbo. The ability to tackle is an added bonus.

      • Gryff

        @TSS I think Faye brings an excellent influence into the midfield.

        The problem I felt Leeds had earlier this season was that Howson, Johnson & Kilkenny would run up the pitch and try to fashion out attacking chances. Despite Kilkenny trying hard, he couldn’t break down the counter attacks (hell he can’t play for 90 minutes without getting exhausted!) that resulted from a very gung-ho attacked Leeds team. Yet Faye not only plays his position to a good Championship, but his speciality is to a Premiership standard. Against Middlesborough last weekend he was chasing the midfielders down every time they won it (and even their fullbacks/wingbacks) and once we got the lead he was the first to slow play down. Possibly this is experience as much as his position, but I think with a tighter form and a proper ball-chaser, Connolly is looking better.

  • Will S

    “Simon Grayson is still missing several key players, …”

    …he’ll also be missing a regular payslip from Boss Bates if this ineptitude continues.

  • Colin

    @Will S

    Thing is, knowing Leeds as we do, we’ll probably go and beat Cardiff in the next game.

    Tip for the Match predictor – go for a Leeds loss every time we play on a Tuesday. SG reckons the league is inconsistent. Leeds seem to me to be very consistent on Tuesday nights. Consistently bad.

    • Colin

      still we didn’t get 5 or 6 put past us this time :)