Predicted Leicester starting XI vs Leeds United

A tattoo on the neck of James Maddison of Leicester City reads 'fearless' (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
A tattoo on the neck of James Maddison of Leicester City reads 'fearless' (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /
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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Boubakary Soumare of Leicester City passes the ball during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on April 22, 2023 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images) /

I believe we get that in a 4-1-4-1 formation. An attacking formation gives us the greatest strengths for our positions. I was debating going with the 4-2-3-1 that worked against the Wolves. However, there are two reasons I don’t want to go with that for the rest of the season. Firstly,  I don’t want to see Boubakary Soumaré as a defensive midfielder. He looks brilliant as a central midfielder, so I want to build around that. Secondly, although I liked the idea of Kelechi Iheanacho as an attacking midfielder, I don’t believe we have the depth for that at striker. James Vardy has been underwhelming this season. We need to have one of Patson Daka or Iheanacho on the bench so we can have a substitution that helps us.

As our sole striker up top, I’m going with Iheanacho. Outside of the Aston Villa game, he has been so reliable for us this season. He has scored five goals and assisted on four. The stats give me the distinction between him and Daka. I believe Iheanacho is more reliable in front of the goal and is far better at link-up play. Bringing Daka on as a substitution would be perfect for a game against Leeds. Their defensive line is weak with no depth. When their legs are tired, bring on Daka with his pace.

Our two wingers are going to be the best players for Leicester this season. Give me the returning Harvey Barnes on the left and the special James Maddison on the right. Barnes has a knack for scoring against Leeds. He has scored in six straight appearances against them. With a game as massive as this, I trust Barnes to bag his seventh straight. Maddison on the other hand can score or assist whenever he feels like it. He has shown the ability to play out wide and I believe he capitalizes on it come Tuesday night.