Leicester City v Leeds United: Championship – live | Championship
56 mins: Summerville again causes problems, almost playing in Rutter only for Justin to intervene. From the corner, Dan James’ shot is charged down. Another corner, James trots over to take it …
54 mins: Iheanacho is warming up and looks set to come on for Vardy, who hasn’t really got into the game.
52 mins: Oof! Another sight of goal at Piroe, teed up by James, and this time his shot is on target – but palmed away by Hermansen, and with enough force to evade Archie Gray, lurking on the edge of the six-yard box.
51 mins: Both teams have 100% records when scoring first this season – although Leicester have 11 wins to Leeds’ five.
50 mins: The corner deliveries from both sides have been sub-par, and James’ undercooked effort is headed comfortably away by Vardy.
49 mins: James Justin heads away a deep cross towards Gray, and Ricardo Pereira tidies up. That’s an exceptional full-back pairing to have in the second division – and Pereira is on hand again to clear Piroe’s cross behind.
47 mins: Leicester give the ball away in midfield – not for the first time – and Summerville clips it through to Piroe, whose cross ends up at the feet of Hermansen after flicking Vestergaard’s hand. A third Leeds penalty appeal denied, although it is comfortably the least hearty of the three.
Here we go again. Can either side make the breakthrough? We’re about to find out.
Some worrying news from Leicester Under-21s’ PL2 game against Newcastle – the match has been abandoned due to a medical emergency involving a member of Leicester’s staff. If there is any further news, we’ll provide an update.
The FA Cup first round kicks off this weekend and there could be magic in the air tonight – non-league Horsham are currently level at 2-2 against Barnsley at Oakwell. Elsewhere, party poopers Walsall have fought back from a goal down to lead 2-1 at Sheppey United.
Summerville attempts to run on to Pereira’s mishit clearance, but is flagged offside. And that’s half time! Plenty of pace, skill and creativity on show but no goals yet – Abdul Fatawu’s bar-busting strike the closest either side have come.
44 mins: Ampadu has a go from 25 yards, and while his low strike has Hermansen moving, it ends up going wide of the far post, and the wary steward stationed behind it. One minute o’ stoppage time …
42 mins: At the other end Wout Faes, a defender I personally wouldn’t trust to collect a parcel, almost allows Rutter in as he tries to let the ball trickle in. The Leeds forward gets a toe to the ball, but sends it straight to Hermansen.
41 mins: Fatawu has been the best attacking player on the pitch, and kickstarts another Leicester move with a fine pass out to Mavididi. The ball is eventually worked back to Fatawu, who fires a shot high and wide.
40 mins: Joel Piroe sends a hopeful header wide, the first goalmouth action since that quick exchange of chances.
37 mins: Farke is eventually booked, and the away fans bellow out a chorus of “you’re not fit to referee”. For my money, either of those penalties would have been very soft; Pereira’s arm on the shoulder might have even been outside the area.
35 mins: Within seconds, Summerville is bearing down on the Leicester goal but Wout Faes and Ricardo Pereira hare back to deny him. Pereira puts an arm on Summerville’s shoulder, but the referee says no penalty – and on the touchline, Farke is livid!
34 mins: Off the bar! Oh my. This is a sensational strike from Fatawu, cutting in from the right and bending a shot from an ambitious angle towards the far corner. Meslier quickly realises he can’t get near it – but the ball doesn’t dip quite enough and clatters the crossbar! And now Leeds break …
32 mins: Dewsbury-Hall appears to get brought down by Archie Gray down the left, but the referee waves play on, much to the player’s incredulity. Leicester, starting to edge this now, keep pushing …
30 mins: Half an hour in, and the best chance is still the one that fell to Piroe after a couple of minutes. Mavididi looks to change that with another dazzling run past Gray, and Meslier is relieved to see his cut-back ricochet into his arms.
29 mins: Fatawu runs out of space to shoot on the edge of the area, and when Leeds break, Piroe has James and Rutter for company – but sends his shot well wide.
“When will someone realise that Dan James could be an elite full back?” asks
Pep Guardi Hugh Molloy. “He’s quick, great defensive attitude and has intelligent positioning – what he doesn’t have is any kind of end product.”
It’ll be interesting to see how he dovetails with Archie Gray down the right tonight – although so far, Leeds have mainly attacked from their left side.
26 mins: Fatawu again drops deep to lead a charge upfield, and is again tripped up by Sam Byram – who gets a booking and a disappointed look from the ref.
24 mins: Big box-to-box effort from Abdul Fatawu, racing back to clear a cross into touch. The corner is aimed for the far post, and punched clear by Hermansen.
22 mins: Casadei does better at the other end, a perfectly-timed flick freeing up space for Fatawu. His deep cross is turned back into danger by Mavididi, but Vardy’s flick bounces away from Casadei, who had advanced into the six-yard box.
20 mins: Another high-tempo Leeds attack breaks down and Fatawu can move downfield with the ball – or not, as Sam Byram hauls him down. No yellow card, and Byram is a bit lucky there.
18 mins: From a throw-in, Rutter spins and gets beyond Cesare Casadei, who chases him into the penalty area. The Leeds man goes down in a heap, but the referee waves play on. Replays suggest he got it right, even if a lack of contact was more luck than judgement from Casadei.
16 mins: It doesn’t last long, with Summerville running at the Leicester defence and playing a one-two with Rutter. The striker has other ideas, instead turning to shoot – but his effort trickles through to Mads Hermansen in the Foxes goal.
14 mins: A brief lull after a full-throttle start.
12 mins: Leicester break down the left and Mavididi shimmies to make space before whipping a low cross right through the penalty area. Jamie Vardy, the only blue shirt in the vicinity, is on his heels and can’t connect with it.
10 mins: Ampadu has made a lively start in midfield, sweeping a long ball left for Byram, whose cross is cut out by Pereira. Another Leeds corner fails to find a white shirt.
8 mins: Fatawu lifts a dangerous cross towards the far post, where Mavididi has got beyond Archie Gray – luckily for Leeds, Dan James is back to flick the ball behind, and they deal with the corner.
7 mins: It’s been a gung-ho start from Leeds, keeping Leicester pinned in their own half – but now the hosts are able to work the ball around midfield for the first time.
5 mins: Kamara and Byram exchange passes down the left and while the latter’s cross is blocked, Leeds win a corner. Jamie Vardy clears with a thudding near-post header.
3 mins: Leeds are pushing forward in numbers, trying to press Leicester’s defence into mistakes – and it almost works again with Rutter getting clear of Faes before running out of room in the area.
2 mins: Big early chance for Leeds! It comes from Hermansen’s poor pass out, which is picked up by Rutter and passed to Piroe. He turns and shoots, close to the penalty spot, but fires just wide of the far post!
Dean Whitestone – there’s a referee’s name if ever I heard one – gets us started. The away fans belt out “Marching on Together”. Let’s go!
“I’m a lifelong NastyLeeds fan, and I had the great pleasure many years ago – Boxing Day 1975 to be precise – to attend a Leeds – Leicester match illuminated by the great Duncan ‘40 a day, jump over a mini’ McKenzie,” writes Jeremy Boyce. “He scored twice that day, including a toe poke into the top right corner and a poacher’s finish that teammate Sniffer Clarke would have been proud of.”
“Leeds had poached Clarke from Leicester a few years earlier for a then record £110,000! Hoping for a cracker tonight, but mostly just the points please, so we can march on together back to our rightful place in the queue to beat Manchester United. Unless they pass us on their way down …” Oof!
This is Leicester’s last home game before Remembrance Day, so there will be a minute’s silence – and the Last Post – before we kick off.
Some pre-game thoughts from Daniel Farke: “Everyone’s looking forward to this game, between two teams in a good position in the table. We always try to play from the front, not park the bus. We will have to defend, dig in and suffer at times – we’re prepared for this.”
With last season’s promoted trio currently all in the Premier League relegation zone – and Leeds, Leicester and Southampton in the Championship’s top four – Jonathan Wilson asks if the gulf between the top flight and second tier is growing.
Today’s Football Daily features a big Premier League preview, FA Cup anger and Mamadou Sakho’s hunger for respect.
Leeds make just one change from the team that thrashed Huddersfield 4-1, with Archie Gray replacing the injured Jamie Shackleton at right-back. Joe Rodon is fit to start at centre-back.
Two changes in the Leicester defence, with Wout Faes replacing Conor Coady in the middle and Ricardo Pereira in for Hamza Choudhury at right-back.
Leicester (4-3-3): Hermansen; Ricardo Pereira, Faes, Vestergaard, Justin; Casadei, Winks, Dewsbury-Hall; Fatawu, Vardy, Mavididi.
Subs: Coady, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Souttar, Choudhury, Daka, McAteer, Marcal-Madivadua, Stolarczyk.
Leeds (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Struijk, Byram; Kamara, Ampadu; James, Piroe, Summerville; Rutter.
Subs: Ayling, Firpo, Cooper, Bamford, Anthony, Poveda-Ocampo, Darlow, Gnonto, Gruev.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
The teams have landed …
This was a Premier League fixture last season and might well be again next term, judging by both of these exiled sides’ starts to life back in the second tier. Leicester went down through sheer apathy, but have rediscovered their groove in some style. Enzo Maresca’s league leaders have more points from 14 games (39) than they managed all last season (34) – and even before Bonfire Night, an immediate return to the top flight is starting to look a certainty.
Things have been less straightforward for Leeds, with early inconsistency to be expected after their squad was picked apart in the summer. A recent upturn in results sees them kick off tonight in third place, albeit 14 points behind the Foxes and nine adrift of second-placed Ipswich. In Daniel Farke, they have a manager who knows how to get out of this division – and a win here will put them firmly in the race for automatic promotion.
To varying degrees, both clubs are also enjoying some welcome stability after a turbulent 12 months. When the sides met here last October, Brendan Rodgers and Jesse Marsch were the respective managers; at Elland Road in April, it was Dean Smith and Javi Gracía. Both clubs now appear to have the right men in the dugout for what should be a less stressful, more entertaining contest tonight.