After suffering their first league defeat in 12 games in their last game and only 5th all season, Brentford have a chance to get back into form against a relegation-threatened Leicester City side, who are amidst a four-game losing streak in the league.
Brentford’s loss against Everton followed a pattern for Thomas Frank’s side this season, in which they have failed to win in all nine games they have had over 50% possession, something that only happened twice in their 12-game unbeaten run that has put them in contention for a European spot this season.
Thomas Frank’s side will be very confident coming into this game, not only facing a struggling Leicester side, but their home form has been exceptional this season, losing only once at the Brentford Community Stadium, to league leaders Arsenal and are averaging two goals per game against their visiting teams this season.
Ever since Brentford came into the Premier League, it was clear that this was a tight-knitted team rather than a bunch of individuals, and this recent run showed that with multiple players in great form, especially their midfield of Christian Nørgaard, Vitaly Janelt and Mathias Jensen, who have lost just 1 of the 6 games they have started together this season, including their meeting at the King Power on matchday one.
After beating Aston Villa 4-2 and Spurs 4-1 back-to-back, it was thought the January signings have turned around Leicester’s season, but since those wins, they have lost 4 straight games in the league, which has them level on points with Bournemouth, who are sitting in the relegation zone.
This is the third time already this season that Leicester have been on a run of at least four losses in a row in the league, a run which hasn’t occurred since the 2016-17 season, showcasing the desperate situation Leicester and Brendan Rodgers are in right now.
Despite bringing in new recruits of Harry Souttar and Victor Kristiansen into the defence in January, and the return of Ricardo Pereira, Leicester’s defence has not improved, with them failing to keep a league clean sheet in their last 11 games, conceding an average of 1.9 goals per game in this run.
James Maddison has been so important to Leicester this season, and with Youri Tielemans out injured, he is their only creator in their team right now, and his importance is shown by the fact Leicester have failed to win in their last 9 games, losing 8 where Maddison hasn’t contributed a goal or assist.
Since Brentford came into the league last season, they have failed to beat Leicester City, with Leicester winning both of their meetings last season 2-1 and their meeting on the opening day of the season ended 2-2 after a very even affair.
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