Saturday 9th December 2023
Leicester City FC
Plymouth Argyle FC
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King Power Stadium
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The Game
Leicester City v Argyle. King Power Stadium. Saturday, 9 December. 3pm. Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition
Leicester were relegated last season from the Premier League, on the final day of the season. Their response in their attempt to bounce back has been swift and effective. They have won 15 of their 19 games this season, drawing one and losing three. 

City won their opening four games, lost at home to Hull City in the fifth, then won nine in a row. Two defeats ensued, at home to Leeds United and away to Middlesbrough, both 1-0, followed by a win against Watford, a draw away at Sheffield Wednesday, then, most recently, a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion. 

All this leaves Leicester top of the Championship, one point ahead of Ipswich Town in second place, eight ahead of Leeds in third. 

The Gaffer
Enzo Maresca was appointed Leicester manager following the club's relegation last season. His sole managerial stint prior to that was a six-month period in charge of Parma, in Italy's Serie B. Either side of his Parma reign, Maresca was the manager of Manchester City's B Team, and after being dismissed by Parma, returned to City to be one of Pep Guardiola's assistants. 

Enzo maresca and jamie bardy

As a player, Maresca was an Italy Under-21 International, and played for West Bromwich Albion, Juventus, Fiorentina, Sevilla, Olympiacos, Malaga, Sampdoria and Palermo. 

The Squad
In the summer, after being relegated, Leicester lost the likes of James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes, but were still able to retain a hugely talented squad, with plenty of international and Premier League experience. 

Brought in to the King Power were the likes of Harry Winks, from Tottenham Hotspur, for a reported £10m, as well Conor Coady from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tom Cannon from Everton. 

Perhaps less well known, but certain very effective, have been the acquisitions of Mads Hermansen and Stephy Mavididi. Hermandsen is a 23-year-old goalkeeper, a Denmark Under-21 international, signed from Brondby. He is known not only for superb shot-stopping skills, but also how high up the field he plays, as a ball-playing goalkeeper. 

Mads hermansen

To the age of 22, Derby-born Mavididi had spent his career with Arsenal and Juventus, getting game time only with loans out to the likes of Charlton Athletic and Dijon. A move to Montpelier in 2020 saw him play regular Ligue 1 football in France, before his move to Leicester in the summer of 2023. He has started 17 times, scoring three goals, while looking a constant threat on the left side of City's attack. 

Three players who remain with the Foxes from previous seasons lead their goalscoring charts this season. Jamie Vardy and Kieran Dewsbury-Hall each have six league goals, Kelechi Iheanacho has five. 

Fancy a Stat?
Neither team has won both league meetings in a season since Leicester did the double over Argyle in 1955/56. 

The History
The two sides have met 43 times in their histories. Argyle have won 11, Leicester 20, with 12 draws.The most recent games came in the 2009/10 season. At Home Park, the game finished 1-1, with Argyle's goal scored by Craig Noone. Earlier that season an injury-time goal by Andy King game Leicester a 1-0 victory. 

A Strip for the Trip
Argyle will be wearing their white away kit for this game. 

Tickets
Tickets for this game are now longer available. For information on collections, delivery and so forth, please click here.

Argyle TV
Argyle TV’s pre-match show, with Charlie Price and Brian McGlinchey, will begin at 2pm, and is available to watch for free on YouTube. Commentary will be provided from the King Power Stadium by Rob McNichol and Ryan Brunt. International supporters can buy a match pass to watch the game, here.

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Finn Azaz drives the ball forward against Leicester City

Leicester City 4
Mavididi pen 14, 52
Daka 49
Ndidi 55

Argyle 0

Leicester City underlined their status as title favourites with a ruthless spell of finishing to inflict a tough defeat on the Pilgrims.

A penalty from Stephy Mavididi set the Foxes on their way but the general nature of the first half was very encouraging for Argyle, who enjoyed decent possession and twice went close to an equaliser.

Unfortunately, the game was gone when Leicester struck a quickfire triple early in the second period. Patson Daka doubled the lead, Mavididi notched his second and another from Wilfred Ndidi ended the contest.

Argyle boss Steven Schumacher made six changes from the last-minute victory over Stoke City. Adam Randell was rewarded with a start after scoring that dramatic winner, alongside the returning Julio Pleguezuelo, Joe Edwards, Callum Wright, Mickel Miller and Matt Butcher.

The Greens enjoyed some decent early possession at the league-leading Foxes, Miller whipping over a cross that was cleared by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before Leicester began turning the screw with Ndidi nodding over from a clever assist by Mavididi.

The hosts were then gifted a golden opportunity when Daka was felled by Pleguezuelo in the box. Michael Cooper dived the right way but Mavididi’s penalty had enough juice behind it to nestle in the bottom corner.

Leicester had a chance to quickly double their lead, Ndidi breaching the Pilgrim defence but Cooper was promptly off his line to thwart the danger. The quick feet of Abdul Fatawu conjured the next opening and Argyle were grateful to see his fizzing drive fly wide of the post.

The Greens responded with successive corners, followed by Randell picking up on a loose pass from the Foxes. He slipped the ball into the path of Morgan Whittaker but the final shot was too high to trouble Mads Hermansen.

Wright then had a shot blocked and Mustapha Bundu forced the first meaningful save from Hermansen after a neat pass by Whittaker. Argyle were now the side asking serious questions and the half ended with Wright again bringing out the best of Leicester custodian Hermansen.

Despite trailing at the break, Argyle had more than matched their high-flying hosts and restarted with a Finn Azaz strike flying over the bar, but the game stretched away from the Pilgrims with a second goal on 49 minutes.

The move started with a launch from Hermansen and Fatawu used his searing pace to get in behind the Argyle defence before feeding a pass to Daka for an easy finish. Sadly, two became three from the next attack, Mavididi spinning cleverly away from his marker and slotting the ball beyond a stranded Cooper.

A third goal in the space of six painful minutes was harsh on the Greens but there was no arguing with the clinical nature of Leicester’s finishing, Ndidi drilling an emphatic strike in off the post.

Miller and Bundu were replaced by Ryan Hardie and Brendan Galloway and Argyle did muster some attacking impetus after the home blitz of goals, Azaz stretching the Leicester defence and Jan Vestergaard snuffed out the danger with a well-timed challenge.

Luke Cundle and Bali Mumba were introduced for Azaz and Whittaker, and Cundle quickly stung the palms of Hermansen. Leicester replied with a powerful run from Hamza Choudhry and Lewis Gibson had to throw himself in front of the shot for a brave block.

Jordan Houghton for Randell was the final Argyle change but that’s all she wrote, and the Greens will regroup for a midweek trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Leicester City: 30 Mads Hermansen, 2 James Justin, 3 Wout Faes, 8 Harry Winks, 10 Stephy Mavididi (11 Marc Albrighton 62), 17 Hamza Choudhry (capt), 18 Abdul Fatawu, 20 Patson Daka (28 Tom Cannon 62), 22 Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (7 Cesare Casadei 69), 23 Jan Vestergaard (45 Ben Nelson 81), 25 Wilfred Ndidi (26 Dennis Praet 69). Substitutes (not used): 41 Jakub Stolarczyk (gk), 4 Conor Coady, 15 Harry Soutter, 39 Tawanda Maswanhise.

Booked:

Argyle: 1 Michael Cooper, 5 Julio Pleguezuelo, 7 Matt Butcher, 8 Joe Edwards (capt), 10 Morgan Whittaker (2 Bali Mumba 66), 11 Callum Wright, 14 Mickel Miller (22 Brendan Galloway 57), 15 Mustapha Bundu (9 Ryan Hardie 57), 17 Lewis Gibson, 18 Finn Azaz (28 Luke Cundle 66), 20 Adam Randell (4 Jordan Houghton 77). Substitutes (not used): 21 Conor Hazard (gk), 6 Dan Scarr, 23 Ben Waine, 29 Kaine Kesler-Hayden.

Booked: Gibson 42, Miller 44, Galloway 67

Referee: Sunny Singh Gill

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