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Leicester played out a hard fought 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening with Jordan Pickford’s error allowing Youri Tielemans’ strike to creep in off the post.
This will be another big challenge for Brendan Rogers’ men as Leeds are an energetic side that will not let up until the final whistle, and are coming into this off the back of a win.
This is exactly the kind of match in which the hosts will miss their talisman Jamie Vardy as we’d expect Leeds to have the lion’s share of possession, and with a defence that has often looked suspect, the former England striker would be able to exploit space in behind.
The Foxes will have to do without his services for this game however, and that’s certainly a point of weakness for them.
Indeed, Leicester have won just four of the last 14 matches that Jamie Vardy hasn’t started, while this season alone they’ve managed just three goals in the four games he’s not made the starting 11, while even two of those goals came after he’d come off the bench.
In fact, in the 320 minutes + added time that Vardy hasn’t been on the pitch this season, Leicester have managed just two goals from open play and we could see them struggle for output again here.
Leicester To Beat Leeds
You never know what you’re going to get with this Leeds side, especially with regard to goals, though the first signs of a trend are beginning to form with their results against opposition strength.
Indeed, while they’ve won six of seven matches against the current bottom-six, averaging three goals per game across those victories, it’s quite a contrast when up against the stronger club.
The Whites have lost six of their eight games against the current top-eight in the table, conceding a whopping 22 goals across those six defeats.
James Maddison To Score Anytime
It’s on those grounds that we’d expect Leicester to come out on top here, though the lack of a prolific goalscorer could limit their output as they’ll be relying heavily on the likes of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.
Their record without Vardy speaks for itself so far this season and on that basis we can see this being a closer affair, the kind of match that Leeds have forced Man City, Arsenal and Everton into this season, with no side scoring more than once in any of those outings. Leicester still should have too much, and this is the perfect opportunity for James Maddison to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
He revealed recently that he’s been trying to add more goals to his game, and it’s been so far so good for the England Midfielder and he’s a good price to get on the board again here.
Leicester to Beat Leeds At 5/6
James Maddison To Score Anytime At 13/8
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