Leicester City vs. Leeds United Pick – EPL Gameweek 21 January 31

Two of the more exciting clubs in the Premier League will do battle on Sunday afternoon as Leicester City will take on Leeds United at the King Power Stadium.

It’s been a promising first-half of the campaign for the Foxes, and Leicester have firmly entrenched themselves as title contenders this year. Under manager Brendan Rodgers, Leicester blend excellent skill in attack with a rigid structure and discipline.

Leeds United meanwhile will continue to play an immensely attractive brand of football under exciting manager Marco Bielsa. Though they’re likely going to avoid any sort of relegation battle this year, many get the feeling that this team has more potential than they’re currently showing. A tighter defensive focus in the second half continues to be an emphasis for this group.

Back when these teams first met, it was Leicester City who outclassed Leeds by a 4-1 score-line. The Foxes attack proved to simply be too much to handle for an untested Leeds back-line, and Sunday will allow for a key chance at retribution.

Despite Leicester City not having Jamie Vardy up front, there will still be all kinds of impressive talent on display on both sides of the pitch. It’s definitely one of the games from an exciting week, and this Sunday showdown should bring out the best in both sides as points continue to be crucial in a tightly-packed table. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added team news, a tactical preview, and our betting prediction for Leicester and Leeds United. Enjoy!

Leicester City vs. Leeds United Betting Odds:

Leicester City (-115)
Leeds United (+320)
Draw (+300)

Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-125)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Leicester City vs. Leeds United Pick:

Though Leicester City will again be without star striker Jamie Vardy in this contest, they’re fortunate to have a wealth of attacking talent to trouble the struggling Leeds back-line. Look for Brendan Rodgers to again line-up his Foxes in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with Ayoze Perez leading the line.

In support will be a trio of shifty and excellent ball distributors, all of whom Leeds will likely struggle to maintain. James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Marc Albrighton are all immensely creative and can generate offense from nothing. Leeds has struggled all season long at handling dangerous through-balls to rapid forwards, and that’s exactly what the Foxes bring to the table.

Leeds United will respond with a 4-1-4-1 formation, and despite their weaknesses with defense, it’s almost like they try to simply outscore their issues on a weekly basis. And while that has been working against some of the lesser clubs, against Leicester City’s stout system – I can’t see Leeds finding too much success.

Their defense is depleted more than usual, as the unproven Luke Ayling will need to fill in at central defender, and for all of their scoring prowess – it’s been a tough start to 2021 for striker Patrick Bamford and the creative Raphina – who plays just behind the number 9.

Expect a wide-open contest, and though Leeds fancy their attacking tactics against anyone, the power of Leicester City is that they can beat you in a variety of ways. Even without Vardy, this group possesses impressive depth throughout their lineup. Their impressive structure should stymie Leeds United, and their dynamic midfield should overwhelm an overmatched Leeds back-four en route to a comfortable Sunday victory.

My Pick
Leicester City
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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