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UEL: Leicester vs Zorya

Leicester City marked their return to the international scene with their Europa League pitted show against Zorya Luhansk, the Ukrainian Premier League side at King Power Stadium. Foxes entered the match after a 0-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League, while Zorya drew their last two domestic matches 1-1.

Leicester seemed to be given a place in the top four and secured a Champions League place at the end of last season, but the Fox had finally settled for a place in the Europa League after the end of the campaign. Given the quality of players the Foxes have in their ranks, there is certainly an optimistic feeling that Brendan Rodgers can lead Leicester back to the pinnacle of club football around this time, though if recent results are not. They went through two painful home defeats to West Ham United and Aston Villa - games they were expected to dominate - with Ross Barkley scoring a last-minute goal for Villa at the weekend making Leicester the third consecutive defeat at home in all competitions.

The 2020-21 campaign marks the first time Zorya has reached the Europa League group stage since the 2017-18 season, when Espanyol and RB Leipzig sent off the Ukrainian club to qualifying for the past two seasons. Director Viktor Skripnik knows what it's like to perform on the big stage from his day at Werder Bremen, but his journey to Leicester promises to be a tough one with a Zorya having only 1 win from six in battle. tournament translation. Zorya's lone victory in the domestic campaign helped them beat Lviv 5-0 in September, with the Skripnik team being held 1-1 by Dynamo Kiev and Kolos Kovalivka in October, and Muzhyky never going far. than the group stage in the Europa League. Zorya has made significant strides over the past 20 years to become a top five regular finish in the Ukrainian league, but with Leicester, Braga and AEK Athens both occupy positions in Group G, and Skripnik's players are facing a tough battle to advance to the knockout stages for the first time in their history. For now, however, Zorya will try to make history by becoming the first Ukrainian team to win a match in England, while the UPL teams have tried and couldn't. 32 times over the years (25 losses, 7 draws).