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Leicester beat Fulham to strengthen top-four push

Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City
Kelechi Iheanacho’s first intention since November set Leicester on their possibility to victory over Fulham

Leicester strengthened their place inside the Premier League’s prime 4 with victory over Fulham, whose survival hopes suffered an extra blow at Craven Cottage.

James Maddison carried out a key operate in every the company ‘targets, delivering a pleasing in-swinging cross for Kelechi Iheanacho to go dwelling sooner than teeing up James Justin to double the Foxes’ lead on the stroke of half-time.

Brendan Rodgers’ facet had three targets disallowed – Caglar Soyuncu’s first-half header was dominated out for a push on Tosin Adarabioyo sooner than Iheanacho and Ricardo Pereira have been denied by the linesman’s flag inside the second half.

Fulham had possibilities too – notably when Adarabioyo’s header was palmed over the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel moments sooner than the company’ second intention.

That header, nonetheless, was the Cottagers’ solely effort on target in all of the 90 minutes.

The tip end result lifts Leicester two components behind second-placed Manchester United, whereas Fulham keep seven components adrift of safety in 18th.

Maddison the essential factor for Leicester

Rodgers admitted his crew “wasn’t okay” in Sunday’s defeat by Leeds United – a finish end result that seen them miss the likelihood to maneuver two components behind Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis.

The Foxes have been with out injured defenders Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana at Craven Cottage, whereas key duo Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy have been moreover nonetheless sidelined.

Leicester had earned just one degree from their earlier 4 league fixtures with out Vardy, whereas worthwhile solely six of their 22 league matches with out Ndidi as a result of the Nigerian’s debut in January 2017.

Nonetheless, two wonderful assists from Maddison steered the Foxes to victory in west London.

The 24-year-old’s teasing provide from the exact gave Iheanacho the straightforward job of directing a close-range header earlier Areola, whereas he confirmed good composure to tee up Justin for the company’ important second intention.

Leicester have been fully pleased to embody their opponents for nearly the entire second half, as Fulham struggled to penetrate their resolute, well-drilled safety.

Solely Manchester United have collected additional components on their travels this season than Rodgers’ facet, who’ve now obtained eight of their 11 away league matches in 2022-21.

Toothless Fulham in deep trouble

Fulham acquired right here into Wednesday’s recreation with out a win since beating Leicester 2-1 at King Vitality Stadium on 30 November.

The Cottagers have proved highly effective to beat in present weeks, nevertheless their failure to rework possibilities into targets has seen them lose ground on the teams above the drop zone.

They carved out the first various of the game after 12 minutes, nevertheless Justin produced a advantageous block to disclaim Aleksandar Mitrovic after a marauding run from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa down the left.

Adarabioyo compelled Schmeichel into a powerful one-handed save late inside the first half, only for Justin’s intention moments later to go away Scott Parker’s facet with a mountain to climb.

Parker launched on Mario Lemina and Ivan Cavaleiro at half-time and the latter went close to halving the deficit inside minutes of the restart, dragging a low shot broad of Schmeichel’s left-hand put up.

Nevertheless that was the closest the hosts acquired right here to a route once more into the match, as their winless league run stretched to 11 video video games.

What’s subsequent?

Fulham welcome West Ham to Craven Cottage of their subsequent league match on Saturday, 6 February (17:30 GMT), whereas Leicester journey to Wolverhampton Wanderers the following day (14:00).

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  1. Squad amount1Participant titleAreola

  2. Squad amount34Participant titleAina

  3. Squad amount5Participant titleAndersen

  4. Squad amount16Participant titleTosin

  5. Squad amount2Participant titleTete

  6. Squad amount21Participant titleReed

  7. Squad amount29Participant titleZambo anguissa

  8. Squad amount33Participant titleRobinson

  9. Squad amount15Participant titleLoftus-cheek

  10. Squad amount9Participant titleMitrovic

  11. Squad amount19Participant titleLookman

  1. Squad amount14Participant titleDe cordova-reid

  2. Squad amount17Participant titleCavaleiro

  3. Squad amount18Participant titleLemina

Leicester metropolis

  1. Squad amount1Participant titleSchmeichel

  2. Squad amount21Participant titleRicardo pereira

  3. Squad amount6Participant titleEvans

  4. Squad amount4Participant titleSöyüncü

  5. Squad amount2Participant titleJustin

  6. Squad amount8Participant titleTielemans

  7. Squad amount20Participant titleChoudhury

  8. Squad amount17Participant titleAyoze Pérez

  9. Squad amount10Participant titleMaddison

  10. Squad amount15Participant titleBarnes

  11. Squad amount14Participant titleIheanacho

  1. Squad amount11Participant titleAlbrighton

  2. Squad amount18Participant titleAmartey

  3. Squad amount24Participant titleMendy



Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Areola
  • 34AinaBooked at 59mins
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 2TeteSubstituted forCavaleiroat 45 ‘minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 21ReedBooked at 24mins
  • 29Zambo anguissaSubstituted forLeminaat 45 ‘minutes
  • 33Robinson
  • 15Loftus-cheekSubstituted forDe cordova-reidat 71 ‘minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 19Lookman


  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 14De cordova-reid
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 18Lemina
  • 23Bryan
  • 25Onomah


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 2Justin
  • 8Tielemans
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forMendyat 61 ‘minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 61 ‘minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forAmarteyat 76 ‘minutes
  • 14Iheanacho


  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Thomas
  • 38Leshabela
  • 46Daley-campbell

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  1. Match ends, Fulham 0, Leicester Metropolis 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Leicester Metropolis 2.

  3. Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

  4. Daniel Amartey (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

  5. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) is confirmed the yellow card for a foul foul.

  6. Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).

  7. Youri Tielemans (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

  8. Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester Metropolis).

  10. Offside, Leicester Metropolis. James Maddison tries a via ball, nevertheless Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

  11. Foul by Ola Aina (Fulham).

  12. Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

  13. Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the center of the sphere misses to the left. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross.

  14. Nook, Fulham. Conceded by James Justin.

  15. Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) correct footed shot from the center of the sphere is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a via ball.

  16. Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).

  17. Nampalys Mendy (Leicester Metropolis) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

  18. Substitution, Leicester Metropolis. Daniel Amartey replaces Harvey Barnes.

  19. Nook, Fulham. Conceded by James Justin.

  20. Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick inside the defensive half.

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