No one is enjoying spoiling the top four’s Christmas party more than Leicester City! After beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 18 years, Claude Puel’s men directly followed that up with a win over ‘unstoppable’ Manchester City. “This was fantastic, we created the upset”, exclaimed jubilant Leicester manager Claude Puel on Boxing Day.
Weathering the early storm will likely be key to any Leicester joy, as 68% of their conceded PL goals have come in the first half, with nearly a third (27%) being shipped in the first 15 minutes.
There doesn’t seem to be much danger of that here however, as Cardiff are one of just two sides yet to register an away win in the PL this season (D2, L7), and they have the lowest away goals tally to boot with just five.
Notably, just 13% (two) of Cardiff’s total points have been earned away from home. Subsequently, the visitors are currently three points worse off than at this stage of their last relegation campaign (2013/’14), but boss Neil Warnock does have a decent H2H record vs Leicester (W8, D3, L7).
Players to watch: Ricardo Pereira capped off a brilliant performance with his second Leicester goal last time out, hitting home a stunning strike from the edge of the box.
Victor Camarasa has been directly involved with two of Cardiff’s last three PL goals (one goal, one assist).
Stat attack: Leicester have received more red cards than any other PL side this season (31 yellows, four reds – 1.8 cards per match).
Cardiff have conceded first in eight of their last ten matches.
Four of the last five H2H meetings between these sides have each produced under 2.5 total goals.
Will not play
Referee: Hooper S. (Eng),
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester)