Can Leicester return to winning ways?

Last updated: September 30, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWDWL
Away form: LWDWD
Last season:
Referee: M. Clattenburg
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester City recorded their first defeat for the season last weekend when The Foxes lost 2-5 at home to Arsenal. Despite the bad result, Leicester showed nice attacking football again and their striker Jamie Vardy proved he is in great shape, scoring twice in the match. The first Leicester defeat showed that The Foxes have serious problems in defense. Even though they have scored 15 goals, Leicester City have conceded 14, which means that their defense is the second worst after Sunderland’s (16 conceded).

Alex Neil’s side was seconds away from leaving The Boleyn Ground with all three points but a late Kouyate equalizer secured a point for West Ham. Norwich manager can be happy with the performance of his team so far; The Canaries have won twice, have finished with a draw on three occasions and have lost two games. Redmond proved he is in top form, scoring his third goal of the season against West Ham and he is expected to now lead his team to another points victory.

Football experts expect Leicester will have no difficulty in winning against Norwich City. They think The Foxes will surely concede a goal but their power in attack will lead them to another hectic victory. In addition, all the Leicester matches so far have finished with “both teams scoring”.

Team News

Matty James is still not recovered from his ACL knee ligament injury and he will be sidelined. James is expected to be fit on 10th January 2016.

Another omission for Ranieri is Nathan Dyer who has recently injured his knee. However, Dyer is not a key player, having played in just one match so far.

Gary Hooper and Youssouf Mulumbu are still injured for Norwich City. Mulumbu is suffering from a metatarsal fracture.

Vardy and Mahrez are Premiership top goal-scorers so far. Vardy is lying in first place with six goals from seven matches; Mahrez has found the back of the net five times.

Quotes of the week

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “Striker shortage is absolutely not a problem for us.”

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “They are ready to fight.”

Expected line-ups:

Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Whittaker, Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan, Jerome.
Subs Johnson, Mbokani, Rudd, Bennett, O’Neil, van Wolfswinkel, Tettey
Injured: Mulumbu, Hooper
Not available:
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, De Laet, King, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Schlupp.
Subs Okazaki, Dodoo, Benalouane, Ulloa, Fuchs, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James, Dyer
Not available:

Key Battle

Norwich attacking midfielder Nathan Redmond showed he has an eye for the goal, scoring on three occasions from the beginning of the season. He is also a key part of England’s U21 national team and his manager believes he has a bright future in front of him.

Redmond this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
5 (2) 500 3 1,7 1 1 0 0
Vardy this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 622 6 3,3 1 0 2 0

Jamie Vardy is a top level striker; he scored six goals in 7 matches. His partnership with Mahrez led to 11 goals from all Leicester’s 15 so far. Vardy is in first place and he showed he will be competing for the goal-scorer top prize.

So far this season

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Norwich this season Leicester this season
12 League Position 8
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-1 vs Sunderland and Bournemouth Biggest win 4-2 vs Sunderland
1 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (0)
0-3 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 2-5 to Arsenal
Redmond, Martin (3) Top scorer Vardy (6)
Hoolahan (5) Assist Leader Albrighton, Mahrez (3)
Y11, R1 Discipline Y17, R0
1 Failures to score 0
0 Clean Sheets 0
6 Both Teams to Score Games 7
5 Over 2.5 Games 5
2 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • The last match between these two teams was three years ago when they met in The FA Cup. Leicester won 2-1 as a guest and went ahead in the tournament.
  • Norwich City have won half of the matches between the sides (16 wins from 33 games played). Ten of the victories were at Carrow Road.
  • There has been only 7 draws between the teams. The last time both teams finished with a draw was 7 years ago (0-0 at Carrow Road).
  • Norwich City have lost just one game at home so far (1-3 to Crystal Palace). Leicester City haven’t lost as a guest.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
18/02/12 The FA Cup Norwich 1-2 Leicester Ledger 5′
08/03/11 The Championship Leicester 2-3 Norwich Hoolahan 21′
28/09/10 The Championship Norwich 4-3 Leicester Waghorn 2′
16/02/08 The Championship Leicester 4-0 Norwich Hume 22′
19/01/08 The Championship Norwich 0-0 Leicester