I went into this match with trepidation – a high performing Leicester and a Leeds having difficulty finding form. The last time they met Leicester beat Leeds with ease. This time their marquee player Vardy was instrumental in the their first two goals that day, and scored their third one himself. However, without him, Leeds defence should be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
It looked ominous early on. First Alioski gave away pointless foul outside the Leeds penalty box then both teams had injuries with substitutions – Rodrigo and Castagne. But that thankfully did not disrupt the match – two goals and two disallowed goals. Two shots on goal. Dalls placed his shot confidently following a rare counter attack. To see a disallowed goal from a corner was promising to see Leeds have a go at a corner.
Then Leicester exposing Leeds’ weak defence with two shots on target in quick succession. At half time Leeds edged it with playing much more positively than of late.
Leicester found that extra gear in the second half and took control with Leeds, like previous games, being forced into aimless passes. And then out of nothing Bamford finds himself in space and scores a beauty of a goal facing away from it that Scheimchal has no chance. How Leeds found theselves ahead against a team that do not lose when going ahead took a lot of kamikazee defending.
It is slightly worrying with Koch and Llorente already out with injury, then Rodrigo and Raphinea are lost with injuries in this game. We have Everton in a matter of days.
Leeds withstood the pressure at 2-1 from Leicester and convincingly won the match. It is a matter of making and taking chances and Meslier helped Leeds to snuff out Leicester’s. Bamford was the difference with one “beautifully violent” goal and two assists.
Man of the match: Bamford