Leicester kick off their first home game back in the Championship with a visit from Cardiff City this Saturday. Though The Foxes have already got a win on the board, they’ll be eager to get another and assert their dominance in the Championship whereas Cardiff will be looking to get their first points of the campaign.
The Foxes currently sit second in the Championship with two wins in two games. In fact, Leicester only sit second behind Ipswich on goal difference, scoring one more goal than Leicester so far. In their first game of the season, Leicester welcomed Coventry. The visitors took the lead in the opening moments of the second half through Kyle McFadzean but Kieran Dewsbury-Hall scored a ten minute brace in the closing stages giving Leicester their first three points back in the Championship.
In the League Cup, Leicester made the trip to Burton, where goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi gave Leicester the win and the spot in the Second Round. Their most recent match also ended in all three points for Leicester. Leicester faced Huddersfield where The Foxes dominated with 70% possession and six shots on target. Stephy Mavididi gave Leicester the win with his goal in the 73rd minute giving The Foxes their dream start to the season.
Cardiff sit 17th in the Championship two games into the season. The Bluebirds have only managed one point out of the six points available. However, of those on just one point, Cardiff do have the best goal difference. Cardiff’s first game of the season was against Premier League relegated Leeds. The Bluebirds raced into a 2 - 0 lead through Josh Bowler and Ike Ugbo before half time. However, Leeds fought back through Liam Cooper and a goal from Crysencio Summerville in the 95th minute for the 2 - 2 draw.
The Bluebirds’ also beat Colchester in the League Cup 3 - 0 on penalties after a 2 - 2 draw before their most recent game against QPR. This time Cardiff were the ones to score late after QPR took a 2 - 0 lead through Sinclair Armstrong and Kenneth Paal, with Ike Ugbo once again on the scoresheet for Cardiff.
Leicester and Cardiff have met each other professionally 62 times in their histories. The first meeting came back in 1920, and has been a close competition between the two. Cardiff have won on 25 occasions whereas Leicester have beaten Cardiff 23 times. A share of the points has happened 14 times, the last draw coming in 2013.
The two clubs haven’t met since 2018, when both teams were still in the Premier League. Each side managed a 1 - 0 win over the other that season, however, the differences between the two sides now suggest that all three points may go to Leicester this weekend.
Players to watch this weekend are the two players who have been firing for their teams. Both Ugbo and Dewsbury-Hall have scored twice for their teams so far this season and look to keep up with their pace for the rest of the season.