Leicester City 0 – 1 Man City

leicester 0 1 man city 2014

The most in-form team vs the most out of form…

I must admit, it’s been a pretty depressing few weeks football wise. I’ve been tempted to write a blog post about these woes but reached the conclusion that it wouldn’t be either uplifting or a particularly interesting read for you! Do let me know if you want me to breakdown into an emotional mess, I’d be happy to oblige…

Anyway, having just finished for Christmas with an assessment free holiday awaiting, I was feeling particularly happy and cheerful coming into the match. Whether the players were the feeling the same is another matter. Sitting at the bottom of the table with a growing gap from safety, this was a game nobody was expecting us to get anything out of, yet a game that would only make our situation worse if we lost again.

Without a win in the last ten games – thanks Burnley for that last-minute equalizer – Man City were the last team desired that could have arrived at the King Power to help us achieve our third win of the season. It’s a tough league sure but Burnley, West Brom and Sunderland home games aside, it’s been an unforgiving run of fixtures that haven’t helped our situation. Plus bad luck, that’s always an easy scapegoat.

Having found possession a difficulty in the last match against Aston Villa, Pearson changed the formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1. This was a move that I had been calling for and seemed logical. Keeping the wingers is an essential part of our play so I’m relieved there was no diamond of central midfielders again either. Vardy was the lone striker, Hamer came in for the injured Schmeichel and Drinkwater and King were brought in to form the midfield three with Cambiasso.

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‘I Forget Where We Were’ by Ben Howard

'I forgot where we were' album art cover

You can buy the album from Amazon by clicking here

Release Date: 20 October 2014

Genres: Indie Folk/Rock

“I Forget Where We Were” is the second album from Ben Howard after “Every Kingdom”.

I think it’s fair to say that it is a different sounding album from his cheery first, however while perhaps not as immediate, it is well worth additional listens to really appreciate the songs.

There aren’t any songs for me on the level of ‘Only Love’ or ‘Keep Your Head Up’ but there are plenty of growers that help create a much more complete album than Every Kingdom.

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Leicester City 0 – 0 Sunderland

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Running out of ideas for match photos – ooh what a lovely sky!

Looks like another last spot on Match of the Day with no goals scored but I suppose it could be worse. The game was thoroughly entertaining, especially the first half but grew increasingly frustrating the more apparent it became that our goal scoring wait would continue.

It’s been quite a strange start to the season really, five points of a possible nine against Everton, Arsenal and Man Utd at home, then two points of a possible nine against Burnley, West Brom and Sunderland. Oh well, that really does makes our great start even more important.

Starting with the team news; it was pleasing to see Pearson revert back to a 4-4-2 with wingers. The defence remained the same, meaning De Laet kept his spot at right-back and Moore was left on the bench with Wasilewski getting the nod to partner Morgan for the third consecutive game. King and Drinkwater were dropped to the bench with James and Cambiasso the midfield duo. Schlupp and Mahrez provided the width with Vardy and Ulloa the strike force tasked with breaking this goalless run.

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Leicester City 2 – 2 Burnley

leicester city v burnley king power 2014 premier league

A six pointer?

It’s far too early in the season to judge how the Premier League table will look come the end of the season, but it’s well acknowledged that newly promoted sides must take points from their fellow relegation candidates in order to give themselves the best chance of staying up. The last game at the King Power was the thrilling 5-3 win over Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, but Leicester have since put a disappointing display in a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, while Burnley suffered a heavy 4-0 rout at West Brom last Sunday. So Leicester may have been the pre-match favourites for the first time this season, but neither side came into the game thinking it would be an easy victory.

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This is All Yours by alt-J

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“This is All Yours” is the second album from the English band after “Awesome Wave” in 2012.

The unique and truly alternative sound of every track on the album will be familiar to those who have listened to their debut album, but for newcomers the music may seem a bit crazy until the surprise has worn off, and you start to see why the band is as praised they are – hopefully!

For me it’s definitely an album you need to give a few listens to really appreciate the tracks, and I’d suggest headphones for a special experience. Alt-J’s genre of music is a bit different to what I normally enjoy but I thought I’d try to widen my tastes and certainly feel rewarded.

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Leicester City 5 – 3 Manchester United

leicester v man utd king power 2014

Calm before the storm…

What a performance and what a result! There is no way I’ll be able to do this game the justice it deserves but here’s my effort.

In a weekend full of football shocks and surprises, Leicester were keen to join in the fun and certainly didn’t disappoint. Following a priceless away win at Stoke, there was plenty of optimism in the air that we could possibly gain a point out of this tough fixture. This Manchester United side who had a net spend of £113.2m compared with Leicester’s £11m this summer, were however the heavy favourites this early afternoon having dominated QPR 4-0 last Sunday and were seemingly determined to build on their “new start”. It was also a significant day for Ritchie De Laet, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James who were all recruited from United’s youth team by Leicester, and will be eager to impress their former club.

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World Cup 2014 Final Preview

Argentina v Germany

A repeat of South Africa 2010?

This year’s World Cup is almost at an end. Following Germany’s staggering 7-1 win over the host’s Brazil, and Argentina’s less exciting 0-0 penalty win against Holland, we can now look forward to a European v South American final.

The World Cup has been surprisingly open, especially in the group stages, and has been very welcome for the neutrals like me who saw England go out after two games… Very few games have followed the script (Spain), with underdogs like Colombia and Costa Rica causing shocks around the world by reaching the Quarter Finals, overpowering heavyweights to achieve this feat. Whether the final will continue this trend is anyone’s guess but Argentina’s attacking style of play, the quality of Germany’s attack, should make the final a spectacle not to be missed.

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