Preview - Cardiff City vs Leicester City 03 November 18

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Match Day 11
Cardiff City vs. Leicester City
Saturday, November 3rd 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 2.30
Top Scorer: Callum Paterson & Josh Murphy (2)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: W W L L W
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.60
Top Scorer: James Maddison & Jamie Vardy (3)

It's a battle of the Cities this weekend in the Premier League as Cardiff play host to Leicester on Match Day 11.

Cardiff sit fourth bottom of the league after ten matches, but at least they aren't amongst the sides still seeking their first win of the season. They do admittedly have just the one victory to their name so far, but it did at least come here when seeing off Fulham 4-2 in their most recent home outing. Predictably brushed aside by Liverpool last weekend, they face a more realistic assignment here.

This will of course be an emotional occasion for Leicester City as this game represents the clubs first game since the death of their owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Expect emotions to be running high in Cardiff.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Danny Ward and Le Peltier all miss out for Cardiff through injury, as does the suspended Joe Ralls. Matty James and Daniel Amartey will be on the side-lines for the Foxes.

Leicester do undoubtedly boast the better squad on paper and have already won twice on the road this season against Southampton and Newcastle - two sides you could put in the same bracket as Cardiff. Cardiff benefitted greatly from some shambolic Fulham defending last time out and are unlikely to find Leicester in so charitable a mood here. We see the away side taking the points in this one.

Prediction: Cardiff City 1 - 3 Leicester City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  9 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 12
Possession: 46% - 54%

Two bookings for each side in Wales. Harry Arter and Junior Hoilett having their names taken for Cardiff, and Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira and Demarai Gray also making their way into referee Lee Probert's notebook.

Not all that much in this one, with the sides being closely matched on the stats, Cardiff reverted back to the norm in being unable to find the back of the net though and in the end one goal was enough for Leicester City.

Cardiff City were just about the better side for the opening half an hour here, not that they were really able to muster much in the way of a clear cut chance. Leicester City for their part took a while to grow into the game, not managing a shot of any description until the 37th minute. Unsurprisingly 0-0 at the break following what was a far from action packed opening period.

The only goal of the game came ten minutes into the second half. Ben Chilwell played in down the left-hand side and cutting the ball back towards the penalty spot. Demarai Gray was the man arriving to finish first time on the volley into the right-hand side of the goal.

Cardiff did make something of a push for the equaliser in the last third of the game. Leicester City were in no mood to relinquish the lead though on what was an emotional occasion for all involved.

Leicester City move back into the top ten in the Premier League on the back of this win. This defeat coupled with Newcastle United's first win of the season sees Cardiff City drop back down into the bottom three.

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