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.

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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)