Predicted Leicester XI for Leeds United match

Foxes of Leicester forecast the Leicester City starting lineup ahead of a crucial clash with Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday night. Naturally this article includes an LCFC injury roundup, along with a statistical lowdown.

Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Bet Championship
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Leicester head coach Enzo Maresca enlightened the press on his squad's fitness on Thursday. Here is what said:

"- Enzo Maresca has offered an update on the fitness of his squad
- Leicester City take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday (8pm GMT kick-off)
- Only Wilfred Ndidi is out from the senior members of City's squad
- Will Alves has sustained a muscular problem in Under-21s action"

Consequently FoL's expected Foxes XI follows: Mads Hermansen; James Justin, Wout Faes, Jannik Vestergaard, Ricardo Pereira; Harry Winks; Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Dennis Praet; Stephy Mavididi, Kasey McAteer; Jamie Vardy.

Leeds United vs Leicester City: injuries and stats

A quick turnaround is probably essential for Leicester to secure the Championship. Without being arrogant - as a City supporter - the east Midlands team may still triumph in the league even if they lose to the Whites at the end of this week.

However, a need to get back to winning ways cannot be ignored for reasons such as consistency and confidence. Surely a minor slump would only actually cause Maresca's men to slip to second whilst still being promoted. But I am certainly not trying to tempt fate or invite complacency.

Let's have a look at direct statistics for the Foxes and Leeds now, to give us a better overview of what recent history and outcomes are like. First of all, over five previous meetings in all competitions, Leicester come out on top - just. Two victories for the King Power club are offset by a couple of draws and one defeat.

The Peacocks are currently just behind LCFC at the top of England's tier two. Daniel Farke's outfit are enjoying a great run at present, boasting five successive victories. Like I said, this game isn't exactly 'must-win' for the away side. Yet City do not want to hand their opponents impetus going forward.