How to watch Leicester vs Leeds

Leicester vs Leeds kicks off at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 October.

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Leicester vs Leeds match preview

Under fire Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers knows nothing but a victory will do when his side welcome Leeds United to the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes have a solitary win to their name so far this season and the pressure is building on Rodgers with the former Premier League winners level on points with Nottingham Forest at the bottom of the table.

After Saturday’s lacklustre goalless draw with Crystal Palace resulted in Leicester City’s worst points return after 10 league games for almost 20 years, Thursday’s encounter with Leeds takes on huge significance. 

Rodgers is just one of four managers to lead Leicester to a trophy, their first FA Cup just 16 months ago, but time is fast running out for the former Liverpool boss with sections of fans calling for his dismissal. 

Speaking after the 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Spurs at the end of last month, Rodgers admitted: "I totally understand the frustration of supporters. I can't hide from that. It's my responsibility.

"Whatever happens I'll have a huge amount of respect for them [the owners] because they've given me great support. I understand the game. Whatever happens to me at Leicester whether I stay and continue to fight on, I'll always respect them."

Thursday also represents a must-win encounter for Jesse Marsch's Leeds. 

The Whites are winless in their last six Premier League games, having won three of their previous four before that. 

Marsch's men are hoping to avoid a fourth-straight away defeat, a run that would represent their worst record on the road since 2004. 

The Yorkshire outfit were unfortunate not to take anything from their Matchday 11 encounter with Arsenal after a fit-again Patrick Bamford had a goal chalked off by VAR and a penalty saved by Aaron Ramsdale. 

The defeat leaves Leeds 15th in the table, just one point above the relegation zone.

"It's difficult to be patient as a manager, I want to win every game,' Marsch tweeted on Monday in reaction to his side's latest loss. 

"I ask the lads to invest everything they have into our process and each other.

"My experience is that they will benefit massively from this mentality. We're getting better, no doubt, and I back these men all the way!"

Leicester vs Leeds predicted line-ups

Leicester: (4-4-2) Ward; Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Justin, Mendys, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka, Vardy

Leeds: (4-2-3-1) Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk, Adams, Roja, Aaronson, Harrison, Sinisterra, Bamford.

Leicester vs Leeds: Injuries and suspensions

The hosts are still without centre-back duo Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu through injury. 

In-form playmaker James Maddison picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out and will now miss Thursday's game through suspension.

Ricardo Peireira remains a long-term absentee while Wilfried Ndidi is understood to be nearing a return although this game might come too soon for the midfielder.

Leeds have no new injury concerns, with full-back Stuart Dallas expected to return from injury in early November.

Form (Last 5 matches)

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Leicester vs Leeds: Form guide

It's been a rotten start to the campaign for Leicester, who sit 19th in the league with just one win from their opening 10 games. 

The Foxes finally got off the mark this season with a 4-0 home win over Nottignham Forest but that high proved short lived as defeat to newly-promoted Bournemouth and a stalemate at home to Palace followed. 

Meanwhile Leeds have lost all of their last six Premier League outings having started the season with one defeat from their first five. 

What did he say?

Brendan Rodgers on Leicester's plight

“When I came in here it was to take the team up the league, try to disrupt the top teams, for a few years we’ve managed to do that, three of the best finishes in this club’s history.

“We haven’t been able to strengthen in the summer. I respect the fact that because we were unable to strengthen in the summer, any anger will be vented at me. Something I take on board, but it doesn’t shift my concentration on the job.

”You always get critics in football. There were critics here when we won the FA Cup and came fifth in the league. When you're at the bottom you definitely will have critics.”

Leicester vs Leeds: Last time they met

Rodgers will be hoping for a repeat of the previous encounter between these two sides back in March when Harvey Barnes' goal secured a 1-0 win at the King Power.

In what was Marsch's first game in charge as Leeds manager, Barnes struck against the run of play to consign Leeds to their fifth straight Premier League loss. 

The defeat plunged the Whites deeper into the relegation mire but Marsch would go on to pull off the impossible and steer Leeds to Premier League safety on the last day of the season.

Leicester vs Leeds: Key stats

  • None of Leicester’s 10 Premier League home games against Leeds have been drawn, with the Foxes winning six and losing four. 

  • Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League games against Leicester, a 2-0 away win in March 2002. 

  • Following their promotion back to the Premier League in 2020, Leeds won six of their first seven midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) league games (L1), scoring 19 goals, conceding five and keeping four clean sheets. Since then, they’re winless in six such games (D2 L4), scoring four goals and conceding 23. 

  • Leeds have lost each of their last three Premier League away games – they last lost more consecutively in a single top-flight campaign in February 2004. 

  • Only Manchester City’s Premier League games (43) have seen more goals than Leicester’s this season (39 – F15 A24), despite the Foxes last league game ending goalless. 

  • Leeds are winless in their last six Premier League games (D2 L4), having won three of their previous four before this. 

  • Leicester have kept two clean sheets in their last three Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 20. They’re looking to record consecutive league shutouts for the first time since March, the second game of which was at home against Leeds. 

  • Harvey Barnes has scored in each of his last five league games against Leeds, netting in all four of his Premier League appearances against the Whites for Leicester. 

  • Leicester’s James Maddison has been involved in 14 goals in his last 13 Premier League games (9 goals, 5 assists), though he hasn’t registered a goal or assist in either of his last two appearances. 

  • Having been involved in four goals in his first three Premier League appearances this season (1 goal, 3 assists), Leeds’ Jack Harrison hasn’t registered a single goal or assist in any of his last six games.