Leicester City played hosts to Burnley at the King Power Stadium earlier this evening looking to secure back to back wins in the Premier League. Chris Wood gave the visitors the lead in the 10th minute with an excellent finish from close range. However, Harvey Barnes scored the equaliser just ten minutes later to ease Brendan Rodgers’ worries. Both teams went into the half-time break with nothing to split them.
The Foxes made a positive start to the second 45 minutes and took the lead via an own goal from Erik Pieters. James Justin put daylight between the two teams just 11 minutes later, but Jimmy Dunne got a goal back in the 73rd minute to set-up an exciting finale. However, Dennis Praet clinched the game with his powerful strike soon after as Leicester ran away with a 4-2 win at the East Midlands.
Let’s take a look at how each Leicester player performed during the match against the Clarets.
GK: Kasper Schmeichel – 5/10
The Danish goalie made some solid stops but won’t be happy after shipping in two goals tonight.
RB: Timothy Castagne – 8/10
He was bright and adventurous down the right flank and has got two assists to show for his efforts. Rodgers will be quite happy about the performance of his summer signing so far.
CB: Wilfred Ndidi – 5.5/10
Ndidi was tested physically and had to battle for a lot of headers during the game. However, he did enough to see out the win in the second half.
CB: Caglar Soyuncu – 5/10
The Leicester defender looked a bit uncomfortable at the back and will be disappointed about letting in two goals tonight.
LB: James Justin – 7.5/10
He made a late run into the Burnley penalty box to score with a fine finish from close range in the second half. Tonight’s goal-scoring performance will do his confidence a world of good.
CDM: Napalms Mendy – 5.5/10
Mendy picked up a yellow card midway through the first half and was walking a defensive tightrope throughout the remainder of the game. However, he showed resilience and never stopped battling in midfield.
RM: Ayoze Perez – 7/10
The former Newcastle United playmaker was the one responsible for orchestrating Justin’s goal in the second half. It was another hard-working performance from him today.
CM: Youri Tielemans – 8/10
He passed the ball with a lot of conviction and was able to engineer some excellent goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates in the final third.
CM: Dennis Praet – 8/10
Praet stepped up to score the decisive fourth goal with a thunderous strike in the 79th minute. That goal will give him a confidence boost heading into the next few weeks of this Premier League campaign.
LM: Harvey Barnes – 8.5/10
The English winger was a cut above everyone else on the pitch as got a goal and an assist to show for his efforts. He deserved to be named the man of the match.
ST: Jamie Vardy – 6.5/10
The veteran forward produced a hard-working performance up top but failed to register a goal tonight which was quite uncharacteristic of someone as prolific as him.
CM: James Maddison – 6/10
The ex-Coventry City youngster will be happy to get some minutes under his belt.
RM: Marc Albrighton – N/A
Albrighton did not have enough time to make an impact.
CB: Wes Morgan – N/A
He came on to run the clock down for Leicester.
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