Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has officially completed his switch to Manchester United today (August 5, 2019). The Foxes had accepted United’s offer last week and Maguire has passed his medical and put pen to paper a six year deal at Old Trafford.
Maguire is the second big name defensive signing for United this season (after Aaron Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace) and will be competing with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for a spot in the XI.
The Leicester duo of Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell had to be content with third place as England took bronze at the inaugural Nations League. Both Maguire and Chilwell started in the semi-final against the Netherlands, which England lost 3-1 in extra time, and played the full 120 minutes.
In the third place playoff, Maguire started, but Chilwell was dropped to the bench as Danny Rose replaced him at left back. The game was a goalless stalemate. It eventually went to penalties, where Maguire took and successfully converted the first spot kick for England as the Three Lions won the shootout 6-5.
Maguire was the only defender to play in both UNL games for England. Manager Gareth Southgate used Chilwell-Maguire-Stones-Walker against the Dutch, and Rose-Maguire-Gomez-Alexander Arnold against the Swiss.
James Maddison and Demarai Gray, both of whom had been called up to the national squad in the last twelve months, failed to make the cut for Portugal.
Perhaps the worst season in recent memory for a Tigers fan. Never have they finished in the bottom half of the Premiership Rugby table, and came perilously close this season, but just about survived the drop. The lowest the club had finished in the previous two decades was 6th in the 2002-03 season. This year, they finished 11th, just above bottom of the table Falcons.
Leicester lost a whopping 15 games and had the worst defensive record in the Gallagher Premiership. No one conceded more points than the Midlands outfit (632)- not even relegated Newcastle. They let in 81 tries, and scored only 47. Painful viewing if you’re a Tigers fan, but they did manage to survive the drop, and it’s a case of onwards and upwards in the 2019/20 season.
How was the 2018/19 Premier League season for Leicester City? The Foxes finished 9th for the second season in succession, picking up 52 points from 38 league games. Better than expected, or worse? We at Leicester Talk take a look.
Pretty good season all things considered
It would’ve obviously been nice to finish seventh- that would certainly have been the aim of the Foxes when they began the season, but 9th isn’t too bad when you consider everything- the troubled start and sacking of Claude Puel, the tragedy involving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the departure of star man Riyad Mahrez at the beginning of the season to Man City.
Bar that wonder 2015/16 season, the 18/19 one actually represents Leicester’s highest Premier League points tally since they got promoted back to the top flight in 2014. They also finished 9th in 2017/18, but only picked up 47 points. This season, they crossed the 50 point barrier. Continue reading
Leicester and Chelsea played out a goalless stalemate on the final day on the Premier League season. The 0-0 draw at the King Power saw Maurizio Sarri’s Blues seal third spot behind Man City and Liverpool. Leicester finished 9th with a 15-7-16 record, same as West Ham, but above the latter on goal difference.
Leicester’s quest to bounce back immediately from the home loss to Newcastle got a slight boost after Lee Probert was announced as the referee for their next fixture against West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Foxes have a wonderful recent record under Probert- they’re unbeaten in their last eight games across all competitions under him, and last suffered defeat back in 2014.
Leicester’s record under Lee Probert in the current 2018/19 season
Leicester 2-1 Brighton
Chelsea 0-1 Leicester
Cardiff 0-1 Leicester Continue reading
Former Newcastle legend Alan Shearer named a Premier League Team of the Week consisting of entirely Leicester City players, lauding them for their spirit and resilience to beat Cardiff after the tragic death of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Shearer said their performance against the Bluebirds reminded him of the Foxes’ fairytale march to the Premier League title in 2016. Continue reading
Both teams have failed to win a single league game between them this month, but Leicester are being considered as favourites going into Saturday’s clash against West Ham.
11th placed Leicester are being quoted at 11/9 to win this clash, while 14th place West Ham are at 27/10 to win at the King Power. A draw, at the time of writing, is at 5/2.
Several pundits have made their predictions for this clash, and all of them reckon Leicester should atleast be able to draw this game, if not win it. West Ham’s injury problems- there will be no Andriy Yarmolenko this weekend, and star marksman Marko Arnautovic struggles to train because of a knee injury, has raised the Foxes’ odds of winning this clash.
West Ham were poor on the road last season too, but did manage a 2-0 win over Leicester in the corresponding 2017/18 fixture.
Leicester’s three game winning streak across all competitions was brought to an abrupt halt as Everton came away from the King Power Stadium with three points thanks to a superb second half strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The visitors had taken the lead through Richarlison’s 7th minute strike, but a superb counter attack before half time saw Ricardo Pereira draw the Foxes level.
Leicester’s Wes Morgan had been sent off in mid September against Bournemouth, and he collected another second half sending off here, dismissed in the 63rd minute. Morgan’s dismissal helped Everton register back to back wins for the first time this season, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring a superb individual goal from long range to sink the Foxes. The Toffees had beaten Fulham 3-0 prior to their visit to the King Power, and are now level on points with Leicester, with both teams having 12 points to show for their efforts after 8 games. Continue reading
Claude Puel got the better of his former club for the second time in succession as Harry Maguire’s late goal helped Leicester beat ten man Southampton at St.Mary’s.
Like last weekend’s game against Wolves, the Foxes were on the backfoot for most of the first half, with Saints enjoying plenty of possession and the visitors missing suspended striker Jamie Vardy.
Saints took the lead through a fierce Ryan Bertrand strike seven minutes after the interval, but Demarai Gray responded almost immediately for Leicester. Gray’s goal ended a 22 game league drought for the strike- his last goal before this came against Newcastle in December last year.
With the game poised at 1-1, Saints striker Hojberg was sent off for diving Continue reading
A lucky Leicester side, by the admission of their own manager Claude Puel, edged Wolves 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to take home their first points of the new Premier League campaign.
Wolves were clearly the dominant side in the first half, with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves both hitting the woodwork. The visitors also missed a relatively simple tap in chance, and instead went 1-0 behind after Matt Doherty headed into his own net. Marc Albrighton’s cross into the box took a deflection off Conor Coady and onto Doherty before ending up as an unwitting own goal. Continue reading
It was always going to be a tough ask first up, and Leicester City, as many might have predicted after seeing the H2H record between the two teams, went down 2-1 at Old Trafford on the opening night of the Premier League season.
Leicester City’s starting XI in a 4-4-1-1 formation- Schmeichel; Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ricardo, Ndidi, Adrien Silva, Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Iheanacho
The Foxes got off to the worst possible start when referee Andre Marriner ruled that Amartey had handled the ball in the box. Up stepped Paul Pogba to make it 1-0 from the spot for United.
After surviving an initial barrage, Leicester actually grew into the game, with Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray getting plenty of space to run into on the left flank. United’s right side defence left plenty of gaps, with the likes of Darmian, Fred and Mata found wanting defensively at times.
It was eventually United who struck the killer blow- Luke Shaw’s first senior goal made it 2-0 to the Red Devils seven minutes from time. Leicester pulled one back through substitute Jamie Vardy, who headed in after David de Gea had allowed the initial cross to rebound back off the post.
Man Utd 2 (Pogba pen, Shaw) beat Leicester 1 (Vardy)
Leicester City have today completed the signing of Algerian international Rachid Ghezzal from French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco. The 26 year old becomes the club’ fifth signing of the summer after Danny Ward, Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and James Maddison and is known to current boss Claude Puel from the latter’s time at Olympique Lyonnais.
It’s also a case of one Algerian out, another in, with Leicester letting Ghezzal’s compatriot Riyad Mahrez leave the King Power Stadium earlier this summer.
Ghezzal has put pen to paper a four year contract with the Foxes. The transfer fee was not officially revealed but reports in France have it to be around the 15 million euro mark. The Algerian made 35 appearances across all competitions for Monaco, including four in the Champions League.