Leeds United and Leicester City met in the Premier League for the first time since 2004 on Monday night with two teams due to head-to-head at Elland Road. Both teams are off to a positive start to the 2020-21 campaign, with Leeds ranked seventh, having won 3 out of six matches back to this tournament, while Leicester take fifth place.
Leeds will again be without the services of Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw and Diego Llorente for this clash but captain Liam Cooper has returned to the dispute after being forced to miss the last clash with Villa. because of the groin problem he picks up when on international duty. Cooper's return is expected to see Stuart Dallas push into midfield, with Luke Ayling shifting to right-back and Ezgjan Alioski at left-back in a 4-5-1 chart. Helder Costa and Jack Harrison should continue in wide positions for the whites, while Rodrigo Moreno could once again be asked to assist Bamford, who will enter the match with confidence following a superb treble first. Dean Smith's team. Leeds excelled in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the start of the month but were then disappointed to lose 0-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers after the international break. As a result, Marcelo Bielsa's side had some degree of pressure in their clash with Aston Villa last Friday, but an excellent Patrick Bamford hat-trick secured a 3-0 win.
On the Leicester side, Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are still sidelined, while Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne are also on the list of injuries. Evans is struggling with a back problem, while Castagne arrives in the summer scheduled to retire until after his international break in November with a hamstring problem. However, it is likely that Evans could return in time for the competition, while Castagne's absence could make Marc Albrighton a left-back. Vardy, as mentioned, came on from the bench to score goals for Arsenal and will now set off, with Harvey Barnes and James Maddison expected to assist the Englishman. Leicester, meanwhile, are currently 5th with 12 points from their six games, winning 4 times and losing 2 in the early stages of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. The foxes won the first three games of the season before disappointing home losses to West Ham United and Aston Villa, but Jamie Vardy came on from the bench to bring them a 1-0 win. against Arsenal. Leicester also kicked off the Europa League season in strong form, scoring 2 wins in two games, including a 2-1 win over AEK Athens on Thursday night.