Leicester CityBoth Leicester City and Leeds United will be aiming to maintain their 100% start to the season when they come face to face with each other on Sunday afternoon.

Leicester City recorded back-to-back 2-1 victories away to Middlesbrough in the league and then Wycombe Wanderers in the cup, while Leeds have similarly won both their first outings 2-1 on home soil.

Team News

Both Zak Whitbread and Ben Marshall could come back into the fray for Leicester City after both players missed the mid-week Capital One Cup trip to Wycombe Wanderers due to a blow to the head and illness.

Manager Nigel Pearson spoke to the media this week describing how both players have an optimistic chance of being involved on Sunday. The Fox’s leading scorer for last season David Nugent could well make his first league start of the season after appearing for 30 minutes as substitute at Middlesbrough and an hour against Wycombe.

For Leeds United, Rudy Austin looks set return to the side after he missed the opening two games of the season because of a suspension. The combative midfielder has now served a three-game ban that was carried over from last season following his dismissal against Brighton in the final home game and is hoping to play.

Furthermore, former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock could also return after being absent from the midweek Capital One Cup win over Chesterfield due to a knock, while El-Hadji Diouf is closing in on his first appearance of the season after recovering from an infected shin.

Manager Brian McDermott made wholesale changes on Tuesday night and is expected to recall the likes of Ross McCormack, Luke Varney, Luke Murphy, Lee Peltier and Noel Hunt to his starting line-up.

Last meeting

Last time these two met each other in the league Leeds looked to have won all three points at the King Power stadium after Sam Byram’s 52nd minute strike. However, deep into stoppage time, a headed goal from centre-back Michael Keane left Neil Warnock’s men feeling deeply frustrated on the night. The result also saw Neil Warnock brand the referee Paul Tierney’s performance as ‘disappointing’ and ‘inconsistent’ in a frustrated outburst.

Key player

One player to watch out for on Sunday is Chris Wood. The powerful New Zealand international signed for the Foxes last January after an impressive loan spell at Millwall which saw him notch up 11 goals in 19 games, one of those goals coming against Leeds at The Den back in November. He also continued that rich goal scoring form at Leicester scoring another 9 goals and helping them reach the play-offs.

– Nathan Brien (@nath_brien)

  • MOT

    obviously would love win, but wouldnt be totally upset with a draw at the King Power

    • TSS

      Not expecting us to win this one, I’d be delighted with a draw.

      • Irving08

        Me too. I rate Leicester.

      • Matthew

        They did struggle in the Cup though recently with a decent side on the pitch. We won’t lose this. They’re not a clinical side, they won’t be smashing many, if any goals past us. I’m quietly confident about this, though I won’t proclaim this a winnable game as I don’t want to jinx us.

  • weareleeds

    Looking forward to this. Will McDermott stick with the 3 in midfield he played against Brighton? Hope he does and drops Tonge for Austin. Maybe allow Murphy to play more of an attacking role in front of him and Green.

  • Matthew

    I think if we have a GOOD game we will win this. If we piss about and fuck this game up like we did so many others we will draw this.

  • spellz

    First real test, lets see what were made of.

  • ttb

    would bite the hand off anyone offering a draw

    • Matthew

      Why? You talk like Leicester are unbeatable titans. Come tonight we’l either have 4 points, or 6 points and sat in 3rd position after a good win.

      • Matthew

        Looks like my prediction paid off. Leicester are poor at the moment, and we held them off. We could of won the game with a bit of extra quality in the side, certainly I was expecting a win from a lucky goal or two. Certainly I would argue if Becchio was still here it’d be 0 – 1(Becchio goal).

        • TSS

          Your prediction came off? You predicted two of the possible three outcomes! lol

          • Matthew

            Yeah dude lol. A bit stacked in my favour there. Joking aside a lot of positives to take from today. I think we’l easily have 10 points by the end of August.