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Shinji Okazaki returned to the starting XI and scored a brace as Leicester City cruised to a 4-1 win over Southampton.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who was sacked by Southampton in June, enjoyed a comfortable return to face his former club at the St. Mary's Stadium. Leicester took an early lead when Riyad Mahrez danced inside from the left and powered a low strike into the bottom corner of the net. Okazaki added the second on 32 minutes, finishing from close range after a scramble in the box, before Andy King tapped home a low cross from Harry Maguire to extend the lead six minutes later. The Saints pulled one back through Maya Yoshida in the 61st, but all hopes of a comeback were quashed when Okazaki completed his double with a brilliant run and first-time finish. The Foxes, who remain eighth in the table, have now won four straight league matches and are unbeaten in five.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 5:25 PM

Leicester City continue to roll under Claude Puel as an early goal from Demarai Gray was enough to give them a 1-0 victory against Burnley at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes got things going early and held on to give Claude Puel his third win in six tries. Riyad Mahrez swung the ball in from the left and forced a parry from Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope into the path of Gray, who clattered into the far post as he turned home the loose ball. Mahrez then worked Pope from distance, while Gray was lively throughout and hit the post with another effort in the second half. The victory did however require some work from Kasper Schmeichel, who made five saves to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season. Leicester's second successive win leaves them ninth in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 2 - 12:46 PM

Leicester City continued their resurgence under manager Claude Puel with a 2-1 home victory against Tottenham on Tuesday night.

Leicester started on the front foot and led after 13 minutes when Marc Albrighton clipped a pass through to Vardy to finish with a superb first-time volley, lobbing the ball over the head of Hugo Lloris. Spurs answered, but Kasper Schmeichel did well to deny Moussa Sissoko and later Dele Alli with a half an hour gone. Mahrez doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time when the former PFA Player of the Year collected the ball on the right, cut onto his left and curled a pinpoint effort into the far top corner from the edge of the area. Tottenham pulled one back through Harry Kane on 79 minutes, but the Foxes dug deep to see off the late push. The result sees Leicester rise to ninth in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 28 - 5:48 PM

Leicester City started strong but couldn't hold off West Ham and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the the London Stadium on Friday.

Leicester took the lead inside 10 minutes when Jamie Vardy burst through, down the left flank and picked out Marc Albrighton, who slotted home his first Premier League goal of the season. The Foxes were comfortable sitting back absorbing pressure from the hosts with the lead, yet Danny Simpson was unable to clear a Kouyaté header off the line on the stroke of half-time. The second half featured few chances and saw Leicester limited in possession, with a speculative strike from Demarai Gray their only real attempt towards goal. The result sees the Foxes move up to 11th place, even on points and goal difference with Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 24 - 5:01 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed no fresh fitness concerns ahead of Friday's trip to West Ham, with only Robert Huth and Matty James ruled out.

As expected, Huth and James remain long-term absences for the Foxes. Huth has yet to feature this season, which has allowed Harry Maguire to earn a starting place at the heart of defense, while James has been dealing with an ACL injury since September. Maguire and Wes Morgan will start at center-back, while Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra will start in midfield against West Ham.
Nov 24 - 2:00 PM

Leicester City was a shell of itself, like most sides against Manchester City, in a 2-0 loss at home.

The game didn't have the lopsided scoreline featured in most Manchester City games of late, but it was one of the most dominant performances put together by any team this season. The Foxes couldn't do much but watch as Manchester City controlled the match; literally, the Foxes couldn't do much: two shots, none falling on target and 25 percent possession. Kelechi Iheanacho wasn't even given a starting chance to face his former side for the first time, coming on in the 67th minute when the match was already won.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:13 PM

Both Vicente Iborra and Ben Chill have recovered from knocks ahead of Saturday's match against Manchester City, but Robert Huth and Matty James remain out for the clash at the King Power Stadium.

Iborra scored his first goal for the Foxes in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City, but picked up an ankle injury and was forced midway through the second half. However, the Spaniard has since been declared fit and should resume his role in central midfield alongside Wilfred Ndidi. Chilwell will also be in contention after recovering from a minor knee injury sustained against Everton in October, yet this weekend will come too soon for both Huth (ankle) and James (Achilles) to return. Leicester boss Claude Puel, speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, said: "Iborra is available. Ben Chilwell also; it was a little injury for the last game...Otherwise Robert Huth and Matty James need a little more time. They have little injuries."
Nov 17 - 2:01 PM

Demarai Gray hopes working with new Leicester City boss Claude Puel can help him to a full England call-up.

After playing a substitute's role under former boss Claudio Ranieri, Gray has started both matches since Puel took charge of the Foxes. The 21-year-old produced a man of the match performance in the win over Everton and again shined in the draw with Stoke at the weekend, this time with England boss Gareth Southgate in the stands. Gray left out of Southgate's squad for upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, but the winger said finding a consistent of form for the Foxes could lead to an opportunity with the senior Three Lions. "I think it is about playing regular games for your club and that is what I am doing right now," said Gray, who signed a new four-year City contract last week. "Hopefully, after the international break, I can remain consistent and get a call-up."
Nov 6 - 4:42 PM

Vicente Iborra's ankle injury suffered in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City is believed to not be serious, according to manager Claude Puel.

The Spanish midfielder, who scored his first Leicester goal since joining from Sevilla this summer, limped off midway through the second-half. Although Iborra left the bet365 Stadium with his left ankle heavily strapped, Puel was optimistic when asked about the injury: "I think it is not bad," he said. Iborra will use the international break to recover and that means could be fit when Leicester host Manchester City in 14 days time. Andy King, who replaced Iborra on 66 minutes at Stoke, would be the likely replacement.
Nov 4 - 2:20 PM

Claude Puel maintained his unbeaten start as Leicester City boss with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday.

Vicente Iborra, who limped off with an ankle injury in the second half, poked home after a partially-cleared corner for his first Leicester goal. Playing with a license to roam in the final third, Mahrez produced another brilliant performance and cut in from the left to deliver the second in the 60th minute. The former PFA Player of the Year has scored two goal and provided two assists in his last four games. Elsewhere, Demarai Gray looked strong on his second straight start and Kasper Schmeichel produced five saves, including one at the death to ensure a point. Although the match ended level, the Foxes appear to have found a recipe for successful with Puel at the helm. They enter the international break in 12th place on 13 points, having scored two goals in each of their last two matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 1:45 PM

Ben Chilwell has emerged as an injury doubt for Leicester City's trip to Stoke City this weekend.

Chilwell shined for the Foxes in an advanced position on the left side of midfield during the 2-0 victory Everton at the weekend. However, the 20-year-old picked up a slight knee knock in training this week and will be assessed before a decision is made about his availability for the match at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. "We will have to wait and see with Chilwell," manager Claude Puel explained on Thursday. "He has picked up a little injury in the training session. It is his knee. We will see tomorrow if he can participate in training on Friday or not. It is not too bad." If Chilwell is ruled out, Marc Albrighton would be favored to replace him in the starting XI.
Nov 2 - 9:00 PM

Leicester City announced that winger Demarai Gray has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The news comes on the back of a Man-of-the-Match performance in a 2-0 win against Everton over the weekend that saw the 21-year-old score. Now, the winger continues his memorable week by signing a four-year contract with Leicester, where he has made more than 60 appearances since arriving in 2015. Said Gray: "I’m very happy. Now I just want to kick on and keep doing what I’m doing. I want to be starting games and, for me to be doing that, I have to work hard in training. As a whole, we’re a good group and we have a good dressing room. Now I want to get my head down and keep kicking on for the team."
Nov 2 - 1:42 PM

Demarai Gray was at the center of two goals in the opening half hour and that was enough for Leicester City to see out Everton in a 2-0 final.

In an intriguing matchup between two sides amid managerial transitions, it was rather evident Leicester looked like the ones ready to turn their season around. The scoring opened in the 18th minute, when Gray started a counter-attack, running the length of the pitch with pizzazz, feeding Riyad Mahrez out wide who then crossed to Jamie Vardy at the far post for the finishing touch. Then, just 11 minutes later, the Foxes doubled their lead when Gray entered the area and sent the ball toward the target, deflected in by a Toffee defender. Gray was eventually credited with the goal, in turn crediting Christian Fuchs with an assist. The second half was rather non-descript as chances were few and Everton never looked in a position to mount a comeback. Leicester move up to 11th position in the table with their second win in as many weeks.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 29 - 1:56 PM

New Leicester City manager Claude Puel confirmed that Robert Huth could miss at least another with his ankle problem.

The German center-back appeared to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from ankle surgery in the summer, but has suffered multiple setbacks since he returned to action for the club's development squad. Harry Maguire and club captain Wes Morgan will continue to anchor the Foxes defense while Huth is sidelined. Meanwhile, Puel did not put a timescale on how long midfielder Matty James would be out with his Achilles injury.
Oct 27 - 4:43 PM

Leicester City secured passage into the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 win over Leeds United on Tuesday thanks to a fine outing by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Leicester overcame an early deficit to book their place in the last eight in what proved to be assistant manager Michael Appleton's final match as caretaker boss. Pablo Hernandez put Leeds ahead with a sublime strike in the 26th minute, but the Foxes responded four minutes later through Iheanacho's first goal since his move from Manchester City. Iheanacho then turned provider in the second-half and set up strike partner Islam Slimani to take the lead on 71 minutes, before substitute Riyad Mahrez completed the scoring two minutes from time. Leicester will now turn shift focus to Sunday's clash against Everton at the King Power Stadium, which will be their first match under newly appointed boss Claude Puel.
Oct 25 - 4:36 PM


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