Leicester City face their trickiest challenge yet on Friday night as they face third-placed Leeds United at the King Power Stadium. The Yorkshire side joined Leicester in being relegated from the Premier League last season and will face the Foxes for the first time in the Championship since 2014. A late David Nugent goal secured all three points at Elland Road that day as Leicester charged towards the Premier League.
LCFC and Leeds have a longstanding rivalry with both sides scraping it out in the Championship, the Premier League and the old Division One and Two. Since their first match more than 100 years ago in 1920 the sides have played 129 matches with Leeds edging Leicester out with 48 wins compared to Leicester’s 46.
But fast forward to 2023 and both sides find themselves back in the second tier looking for an immediate return back to the Premier League after spending a few years in the top flight. While Leeds sit third in the league Leicester are 14 points clear of Leeds and have won almost double the amount of games that Farke’s side have.
If Leeds are to close that gap they will have to inflict only a second defeat in 15 games on Maresca’s side and with Leicester winning their last four home games and conceding none since that 1-0 defeat to Hull in August, the Whites face an uphill battle.