James Maddison leads Leicester to victory over struggling Huddersfield

Leicester recovered from a dire start to run out emphatic winners here. Huddersfield glimpsed a first league win of the season when Mathias Jørgensen swept them into the lead in the fifth minute but the home side soon drew level thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho, before sealing victory in the second half through goals by the former England striker Jamie Vardy and the excellent James Maddison, a 21-year-old who will become a prized part of England’s future if he continues to perform as he has done for Leicester this season. This was an important victory for Claude Puel’s side on the back of two defeats, including last week’s 4-2 shellacking at Bournemouth. And it was a vexing defeat for Huddersfield, who arrived at the King Power with no wins but a fair measure of hope, as their previous two performances suggested results might improve if they could just fine-tune their finishing. Continue reading "James Maddison leads Leicester to victory over struggling Huddersfield"

Leicester City v Huddersfield Town: match preview

The problem for Claude Puel is he is only ever a couple of defeats from a potential crisis, especially with the way last season unravelled. Rightly or wrongly, that is the reality of the Leicester manager’s position and after losing against Liverpool and Bournemouth, a third successive league defeat against Huddersfield would set alarm bells ringing. The chances of that seem slim on the face of it. David Wagner’s side are without a win in nine Premier League matches and have scored only twice this season. Stuart James Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Thai court dismisses corruption case against Leicester’s owner King Power

• Company was alleged to owe £327m to Thai government
• Former anti-corruption official who filed lawsuit may appealA legal case alleging that the Thai owner of Leicester City, King Power, criminally engaged in corruption worth £327m has been dismissed by a court in Bangkok. The lawsuit, brought by a former anti-corruption official, alleged that King Power corruptly withheld from the Thai government an agreed share of income from its duty-free franchise at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. King Power has always denied the allegations. Owned and run by the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his son Aiyawatt, King Power has made fortunes from the franchise, which it was awarded in 2006 when the Thai government was headed by the prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. King Power bought Leicester for a reported £39m in 2010 and bankrolled the club to win promotion and claim the spectacular Premier League title win in 2016. Continue reading "Thai court dismisses corruption case against Leicester’s owner King Power"

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Ryan Fraser ran Leicester ragged; Neil Warnock will not tolerate more Cardiff mistakes; and Rafael Benítez needs a new plan Jürgen Klopp was asked to describe his emotions during stoppage time in the 2-1 victory at Tottenham. His dominant Liverpool team had led 2-0 going into it but they conceded to Érik Lamela in the 93rd minute to set up a nervy finale. “I would love to say it is the first time in my life I have been in a situation like that but it happens so often,” Klopp said. “My wife hates it.” The Liverpool manager would not have gone through the wringer if some of his players – Sadio Mané, in particular – had played in a teammate when they ought to have done. If there was one criticism of Liverpool’s best performance of the season it was the lack of ruthlessness and, even, traces of Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multicultural It wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as the clothes. In the early 1980s, Khan became a casual – a new breed of thug that took pride in wearing the latest designer gear. He was one of the first Asian hooligans to join Leicester City’s Baby Squad, so called because they looked so young. In 2010, Khan wrote his autobiography, Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual, a fascinating glimpse into a time when the far right was on the march and many politicians were doing their best to sow racial discord. What makes his memoir – which has just been turned into a play – so gripping is its ambivalence. The world Continue reading "Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in"

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser sparkles before Leicester’s late show

Ryan Fraser scored twice and made another as Bournemouth continued their impressive start by blitzing Leicester. The winger produced two composed finishes and, after Joshua King’s penalty secured a three-goal half-time lead, set up a fourth for Adam Smith. A forgettable match for Leicester, who had their captain, Wes Morgan, sent off at 3-0, ended on a more positive note with an 88th-minute penalty from James Maddison and a Marc Albrighton header a minute later. Continue reading...

Bournemouth v Leicester City: match preview

Leicester arrive in Dorset on the back of an excellent international break in which Harry Maguire signed a new contract, Ben Chilwell made his England debut against Switzerland and Demarai Gray was called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad. If that does not provide a fillip for Claude Puel’s side, then the return of Jamie Vardy from suspension will. Bournemouth are looking to bounce back from a first league defeat, though Eddie Howe is enjoying their best start to a Premier League season. Ben Fisher Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Emery should change his tactics or his keeper, Sarri is getting his message across at Chelsea and it’s been a rough start for Burnley and West Ham Unai Emery must have known the question was coming, and the answer, a bit like Petr Cech’s goalkeeping, was not wholly convincing. Arsenal’s manager was asked after their victory over Cardiff whether he is still confident that Cech, at the age of 36, can develop and adapt to the style of play that he is determined to introduce, namely passing the ball out from the back at every opportunity. Cech had looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet against Manchester City, prompting the manager to be quizzed about whether he would turn to Bernd Leno, the new No 2 from Germany, and that debate is unlikely to go away after another afternoon that threatened to turn into an ordeal for Cech. Either Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Alisson’s blushes spared as Liverpool edge to nervy win at Leicester

Liverpool made it four wins from four matches for the season but got a reminder that they are far from perfect. Leicester exposed their vulnerabilities here while demonstrating that they are a dangerous outfit themselves. Liverpool prevailed thanks to first-half goals by Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino but endured several scares in addition to conceding their first goal of the campaign, Rachid Ghezzal netting after a panicky blunder by Alisson. The pre-match indications had suggested this would be Liverpool’s most stringent test of the season to date and so it proved. Liverpool had hinted at fragility in the second half of last week’s edgy win against Brighton, and Leicester had the smarts to probe awkwardly for weaknesses even without the suspended Jamie Vardy. Continue reading...

Leicester City v Liverpool: match preview

Leicester’s fine recovery from their opening defeat could end here. Liverpool have kept three clean sheets in their three wins and without Jamie Vardy, who is suspended, Claude Puel might be left wondering who will trouble Virgil van Dijk and company. Vardy has scored a whopping seven goals in his last five games against Liverpool. Graham Searles Saturday 12.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Christian Fuchs leads Leicester stroll against Fleetwood in Carabao Cup

Apart from the first two minutes this was never a contest, more an attack drill for a totally dominant Premier League side against Fleetwood’s second string. Leicester entertained a sparse crowd with four fine goals, starting with a long-range beauty from Christian Fuchs and concluding with a spectacular effort by Rachid Ghezzal. Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra also joined in as Joey Barton’s understrength League One side were quashed with ease. Continue reading...

Jamie Vardy: ‘I’m a nightmare on the pitch – I get abuse but I give it back’

The Leicester striker who has walked away from England has the perfect antidote to raging supporters – scoring sensational goalsAs Jamie Vardy ushers Boris, Billy and Ralph out of the door and the sound of barking becomes more distant, the conversation inside turns to Harry Kane, Sergio Agüero and Romelu Lukaku – the only players to have scored more Premier League goals than the Leicester striker since his top-flight debut in 2014. “So I’ve still got room for improvement,” Vardy says. There is the hint of a smile on his face as he delivers that response but the message behind it is serious. “I should have scored more” is the first thing Vardy says when it is put to him that 20 Premier League goals last season, for a team who finished ninth, was a decent return. Even standout moments, such as that terrific controlled volley against West Brom Continue reading "Jamie Vardy: ‘I’m a nightmare on the pitch – I get abuse but I give it back’"

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal’s defence requires urgent attention; Bournemouth cannot keep relying on their powers of recovery; Wolves’ Rui Patricio has produced an early contender for save of the season Arsenal’s defending against West Ham was a shambles. Their back four were constantly disconnected while the midfield in front of them offered as much protection as a piece of tissue in a storm gun fight. West Ham scored once but should have racked up more. These are, of course, early days in Unai Emery’s time at Arsenal and with a new manager comes a period of adjustment. But having conceded six goals in their opening three games of the season, there needs to be notable improvement soon – what is encouraging is the players appear aware of that, too. “When we do not have the ball we have to make fouls. Then we don’t take the counterattack,” the centre‑back Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. It Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Harry Maguire hits last-minute winner for Leicester at 10-man Southampton

After an unforgettable summer, Harry Maguire should no longer be considered an unlikely source of danger and he rifled home from distance in stoppage-time as Claude Puel tasted another happy return to Southampton, who had Pierre-Emile Højbjerg sent off. Ryan Bertrand had opened the scoring but Leicester came from behind to record victory, with Demarai Gray and Maguire, in front of the watching England assistant manager Steve Holland, notching to continue Saints’ woes on home turf. Related: Manchester City rely on Aymeric Laporte to share spoils with Wolves Continue reading...