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Oct 24, 2021 at 2pm UK at Brentford Community Stadium
BrentfordBrentford
1-2
LeicesterLeicester City
Jorgensen (60')
Jorgensen (30')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Tielemans (14'), Maddison (73')
Soyuncu (63')

Preview: Brentford vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Brentford and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Brentford play host to Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon looking to build on their excellent start to the season.

The newly-promoted Bees currently sit one point above their next opponents, who are seemingly back on track after their dramatic win over Manchester United last weekend.


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Leicester City's Patson Daka with the matchball after a hat trick at the end of the match against Spartak Moscow on October 20, 2021© Reuters

Such has been Leicester's form this season that it was perceived in some quarters that Brendan Rodgers would benefit from a fresh start at Newcastle United.

However, at a time when the Northern Irishman has reaffirmed his commitment to the Foxes, his side have delivered victories over Manchester United and Spartak Moscow which have the potential to kick-start their campaign.

While Leicester have added another five goals to their conceded tally, Rodgers will be delighted with the character shown by his players during two comeback wins.

The most pleasing aspect of the two performances was the ruthlessness of Patson Daka, who has gone from failing to find the back of the net to scoring five times in 113 minutes.

With Rodgers naturally considering the possibility of playing the Zambian in tandem with Jamie Vardy, opposite number Thomas Frank will be wary of the new-found threat offered by the visitors.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank gives instructions to his players on October 16, 2021© Reuters

To some degree, Brentford should have no fear of any opposition in the Premier League given the level of their performances against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Bees were, again, hugely impressive in the latter of those fixtures on October 16, last season's Championship playoff winners only being denied a point by an inspired Edouard Mendy.

Losing out to their London neighbours has left Brentford down in the mid-table positions, but Frank would have taken nothing but positives from the performance.

Nevertheless, Brentford are without a home victory in the league since the opening day, while Ivan Toney remains with just one goal from open play this season.

Although any criticism of the otherwise effective forward can be described as nit-picking, the 25-year-old needs to feature on the scoresheet more regularly to take his game to the next level.

Brentford Premier League form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L

Brentford form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L

Leicester City Premier League form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W

Leicester City form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W



Team News

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers pictured in August 2021© Reuters

Youri Tielemans will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness after sustaining a minor calf injury against Spartak Moscow.

With Wilfred Ndidi remaining on the sidelines, Hamza Choudhury could be handed a rare start in the middle of the pitch.

Daka's form is likely to lead to an opportunity in attack, while Jannik Vestergaard may return in place of defender Daniel Amartey.

Barring any late fitness issues, Frank could stick with the Brentford XI from the Chelsea game.

Although Kristoffer Ajer is available again after injury, Zanka is likely to keep his place ahead of the Norwegian.

Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Vestergaard, Evans, Soyuncu; Pereira, Tielemans, Soumare, Bertrand; Maddison; Daka, Vardy


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We say: Brentford 1-2 Leicester City

While Brentford will have had over a week to prepare for this contest, you have to believe that Leicester will click into gear at some stage. Fresh off the back of scoring eight goals in two matches, we are backing the Foxes to improve further to claim a narrow win in the capital.



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