Brendan Rodgers says he isn’t expecting any surprises when Leicester City (10/11 – Top-Half Finish) welcome relegation-threatened Leeds United to the King Power Stadium on Saturday (12:30 KO) for Premier League action.
The Foxes ended a five-game winless run in the league with a 2-0 victory at Burnley last time out, a result that made it three victories from their last four across all competitions, and the East Midlands outfit will be hoping to keep that momentum going as they aim to finish the season strongly.
Up next for Leicester is a home clash against Leeds, who made the decision to sack head coach Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday following the heavy 4-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and replace him with Jesse Marsch.
The Whites have lost their last four games, conceding a massive 17 goals in the process, while they have only managed to take one point from the last 18 on offer – last month’s 3-3 draw against Aston Villa.
Leeds, who have the worst defence in the division with 60 goals conceded, could become the first team to ship at least three goals in six consecutive top-flight matches since Birmingham City in 1964.
Marsch, who only took charge at Elland Road on Monday, has a difficult task to try and rescue the struggling club and he could be without Diego Llorente, who is struggling with an unspecified issue, for the King Power trip, while Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper remain out.
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Facing a team sporting a new manager for the first time can often prove tricky for the opposition, but Rodgers isn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary after admitting his opposing number has had little time to work with the squad.
“I don’t think there will be too much that we don’t already know,” he said at his press conference. “It takes a period of time to really implement your ideas.
“I think what Jesse [Marsch] will have inherited there will be an honest group of players that will be physically in a really good position.”
Saturday’s contest will be Leicester’s 300th Premier League home game and they will be hoping Harvey Barnes can continue his rich vein of form against Leeds, the winger having scored in all three of his top-flight appearances when facing the West Yorkshire club.
The 24-year-old is 3/1 to score anytime and, if he does find the back of the net, he would join Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry in being the only players to score in four consecutive PL games against the Whites.
Leicester are 4/5 to win the clash on home soil, while the draw and Leeds win are both priced at 16/5.
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