Palace vs Foxes: Match Preview

CRYSTAL PALACE vs LEICESTER CITY

Saturday 27th September 2014 KO: 15:00
Venue: Selhurst Park, London, SE25
Referee: Keith Stroud

Last met in The Championship during the 2012/13 season, City picking up a point in a hard fought 2-2 draw at Selhurt Park.

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Injuries:
Palace: Chamakh comes back in after a hamstring injury
City: Upson – (2 Months) Calf

Form:
Palace last 3: Beat Everton (A) Drew Burnley (H) Drew Newcastle (A)
City last 3: Beat Manchester Utd (H) Beat Stoke (A) Drew Arsenal (H)

Key Men:
Palace:
Mile Jedinak: An ever present at the heart of Palace’s side, always puts in a performance.
Fraizer Campbell: Reportedly wanted by The Foxes during the summer, tricky forward.
City:
Leo Ulloa – 5 games 5 goals for the newly signed Argentinean striker, including a brace against United last weekend.
Esteban Cambiasso – Working his way into the side and fast becoming a key figure at the heart of the City team.
Jamie Vardy: Immense against United last weekend, if he gets anywhere near to that level of performance Palace are in for an interesting afternoon.

Neil Warnock was not the Eagle’s first choice to replace Tony Pulis after his shock exit on the eve of the season opener, but a plucky draw up at St Jame’s Park, and a come back victory against Everton at Goodison have shown he has his charges firing on all cylinders.

The Foxes are on ‘Cloud 5′ after putting Man Utd to the sword at King Power Stadium last weekend.
The momentous comeback victory was on the back of a hard fought 1-0 win away to Stoke, and Foxes Gaffer Nigel Pearson will be only too aware that keeping his player’s feet on the ground will be vital if they are to come away from South London with something to show for their efforts.

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Can somebody pinch me please!!??
Did we really? I mean did we REALLY beat Van Gaal’s new look Manchester UTD 5-3????
Did that really happen?? Apparently it did, and you know what? We were 3-1 down just to make the victory even sweeter.
There’ s so much I could write here on what was the most memorable league victory in years as a City fan, but I think the overriding emotion that comes from the game is pride in our loud and proud fans who to a man supported our side through a rollercoaster of an afternoon.
Anyone who was lucky enough to witness the game live at King Power Stadium won’t ever forget it, and it makes everything we experience in the Foxes cause worthwhile.

I suppose as a City fan you’d have to expect the national press and TV to go more on the Man Utd were poor than City were better angle, but it still cheeses me off!!
OK fair enough for the likes of Rooney and his Manager they have to trot out the excuses, but for the rest wouldn’t it be nice for a plucky, organised committed side like us to get some genuine credit for what was a historic day in our club’s history?
I think many of us had a hunch we might just cause the odd side a shock now and then this season, but that really was a performance to be proud of, and maybe after a few more ‘upsets’ the penny will drop with some of the bigger voices within our game.

I just caught a quick glimpse of Nigel Pearson’s pre Palace press conference this morning.
As expected the big man was keen to play down talk of last weekend and get his charge’s heads firmly into what will be a tricky game in South London this weekend against the Palace.
As a fan you’d not be blamed for worrying if a trip to deepest darkest South London after such a momentous victory might just be a bit of a banana skin. But there are so many aspects of this season to be hugely upbeat about as a Foxe’s follower, and Nigel’s grounded approach is a factor not to be underestimated in my opinion.
We’ve given a very positive, honest account of ourselves so far this season, and you just know he won’t let our lads get at all carried away.

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Does anyone else think King Power Stadium might well become a fortress this season?
We’re unbeaten at home in the league, and we’ve faced some pretty tidy opposition, even Wayne Rooney commented that the crowd had an impact on our victory at the weekend.
The unconditional support of our loud vocal fans is fast turning King Power into a place a lot of sides won’t be enjoying visiting so much this season, and I love that!
Too often in the past a visit to play the City has been something opposing sides have seen as something to look forward to, so it’s refreshing to see teams feel under the cosh as we roar the Foxes onto another victory.
When Burnley roll into town next weekend our boys are going to need that same level of backing as they got against the big boys, let’s all make sure they get it.

Simon Mack’s weekly column can be found at: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/

A trip to The Palace

So after possibly the best ever Leicester City game, well certainly as far as we are concerned it WAS the best ever game at the King Power Stadium…. is it a case of “after the lord Majors show” ? 100%LCFC Editor Phil Holloway and Chief Sports Reporter Simon Mack discuss and debate the up coming game away At Crystal Palace who themselves are fresh from an impressive away win at Everton….

The Day we thrashed United

Simon Mack Joined Phil Holloway to discuss and debate the Aftermath of one of the best Games EVER at the King Power stadium. It will be a day long LONG remembered… us Leicester City fans have to endure some bleak times in the past 10 years, but a day like Sunday 21st September 2014 will live with most of us for the rest of our lives.

We capture that emotion, that joy in 100%LCFC TV where former City Legend Alan Young chatted post match with the jubilant fans…. ENJOY !

READ SIMON MACKS POST MATCH REPORT HERE

 

 

 

 

FANZONE: Man Utd…. The Future…. King Power…. New Chants…. Your weekly guide to all things LCFC from a fans perspective

It’s been 10 years since we last played Manchester United.
Gary Neville scored just before the hour mark to secure a 1-0 victory. Our side featured Walker in goal with Greek International Dabizas at the back and City Legend Muzzy in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile for United a young Cristiano Ronaldo was paving the way for a glittering career.
When you look back over the last 10 years the fortunes of the two sides have been hugely different, and given United’s pedigree I suppose that’s hardly surprising.
But come Sunday lunchtime I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Foxes got a victory, Van Gaal’s new look Red Devils might be starting to find their feet, but the spirit amongst our lads is not to be underestimated.

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I got to talking to a friend and fellow City fan during the week about our future in the coming years.
We’d agreed that our lads seem to have more than enough to steer clear of danger this season, and the hypothetical’s of the seasons to come were on the table for debate.
Our owners seem intent on allowing Nigel and his staff to build a side capable of competing for a top half place organically, and we both agreed that this approach very much suited Pearson’s ethics.
So 5 years on just where will we be? We both agreed that if Pearson is still at the club it will be a stronger, more progressive club moving forward.
As a Foxe’s fan there has rarely been a more exciting time to get into the ground and see what unfolds. I think we can all agree we should all feel very lucky to be enjoying this special era.

I was lucky enough to wander through the player’s entrance, and along the corridor that leads to the dressing rooms and that famous ‘Foxes Never Quit’ sign and out onto the edge of the pitch this week.
It struck me just how much has changed since the last time I was fortunate enough to visit there a couple of years ago.
King Power Stadium is quickly being turned into a true temple of Football.
The walls of the corridors are adorned with huge montages of last year’s title winning celebrations illuminated by vibrant Blue LED lights.
All around the place workmen were beavering away, the improvements are constant and ongoing. In the reception I guess many of you have seen the Football League Trophy has pride of place, draped in Blue ribbons.
I stopped for a while and looked at that famous old trophy, and remembered all the famous players of the past that have proudly lifted it down the years. For the younger City fans it’s the Premier League trophy that inspires the imagination, but that Football League trophy for us older fans is steeped in history, and we should be so proud it belongs to us for this season.

How are you enjoying singing the new chants for Ulloa and Cambiasso?
The atmosphere at King Power Stadium this season has been loud, proud, enthusiastic and hugely supportive.
The increased number of visiting supporters must be having a positive effect to, and so far having mixed and spoken with a few (both before and after matches) they have been a friendly bunch happy to chat on each other team’s fortunes with warm passion.
Being part of the Premier League delivers many things to our club, and the huge injection of cash is not to be underestimated, but seeing the magical look on the faces of our kids as they arrive at King Power Stadium to see their side take on Arsenal, United or Chelsea is something that no money can buy.
I know that my son will always remember the days his Dad took him along to see Rooney, Di Maria Ozil, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Schmeichel and Nugent!
I hope when he is older the City are in good health and he can experience the same pride as a father that I do now.

Simon Mack’s weekly column can be found at: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/

Leicester City vs Manchester United: Match Preview

LEICESTER CITY vs MANCHESTER UNITED

Saturday 21th September 2014 KO: 13:30
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

First time the two sides have met in the league since 2004 when United carved out a narrow 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
United go into the game on the back of a 4-0 home demolition of QPR.
The Foxes worked very hard last time out to earn all three points at Stoke.

Injuries:
United: Jones (Hamstring) Smalling (Groin)
City: Upson – (2 Months)

Form:
United last 3: Beat QPR (H) Drew Burnley (A) Drew Sunderland (A)
City last 3: Beat Stoke (A), Drew Arsenal (H), Lost Chelsea (A)

Key Men:
United:
Angel Di Maria – The British record transfer signing already looks like a real handful.
Robin Van Persie – Constant goal threat and general nightmare to all defenses.
Wayne Rooney – The new united skipper is always an enthusiastic performer.
City:
Leo Ulloa – 4 games 3 goals for the newly signed Argentinean striker.
Esteban Cambiasso – Came on at half time in the potteries and was instrumental in turning the tide.
Wes Morgan – Will have to be at his very best to keep United#s potent offence at bay.

United Manager Louis Van Gaal finally found a winning formula for his new look Red Devils in a 4-0 home demolition of newly promoted QPR. Reverting to a 4 man defence, the former Dutch National coach seems to be sculpting a system that suits the personnel at his disposal, with Blind protecting the back 4 leaving the likes of Di Maria, Mata, Rooney and Van Persie to create havoc at the other end of the pitch.

City meanwhile rode their luck and took their chance when they got it to secure their 1st victory of the season to date. Argentinian Striker Leo Ulloa continues to put in high level performances, and his 3 goals in 4 games have been vital to the Foxes in securing some very respectable results to date.
While last wee’s outing at Stoke was more of a classic Pearson rear guard away day performance, you’d imagine at home to United the Foxes will need to revert to their more fearless positive style as displayed against Arsenal last time out at King Power to secure something from the game.

Meet Alan Young – and Get on 100%LCFC TV

Youngy joins 100lcfc

We want YOU !!! Yes, 100%LCFC is all about YOU !!! Not us, Not Young9y,we are here to speak with all Leicester City fans… we are ALL LEICESTER CITY !

Come meet with Alan Young, and 100%LCFC TV up at Hermitage Radio Café on Friday 19th September 3-4pm.Join us in the café, wear your City gear, grab a cup of tea and tell us what you think about the BIG BIG Game this weekend…. it’s only Man United !!!!

YOUN9Y will be ready to chat with you, and hear your thoughts for 100%LCFC TV – we need YOU to come and get involved.

Hermitage FM  Café – is in Memorial Square, Coalville, Leicestershire. LE67 3TU

Then from 4-6pm the Big Man with John Sinclair will be LIVE on Hermitage FM, with their brand new show, a mix of Foxes memories, Chat about the Man U game, reflections on the brilliant Stoke win and a few great tunes…. ok, and a few BAD tunes !!!

Click on the Hermitage FM logo below to LISTEN LIVE, from anywhere in the world !!

Hermitage FM

YOUN9Y is to look to chat with #farflungfoxes – that’s Leicester City fans from around the world, are you in Sydney, New York, Bognor, Aberdeen, Brisbane, Wigston, Syston or Loughborough …. fans can listen LIVE from ANYWHERE in the world… email the show, or tweet @alan9young or John Sinclair @sinkysports with your questions, thoughts or comments all things Blue Army !

The BIG DEBATE

 

 

Ulloa – the bargain of the summer ?

Ulloa has scored 3 Premier League goals in 4 games, and has helped Leicester haul in 5 points from an incredibly tough start. Some teams have spent £20-30m on a summer striker, and yet Nigel Pearson seems to have bought a gem for £8m.

We think Ulloa could be the Bargain of the Summer, not just for Leicester City, but for any team in the premier league. We want to hear YOUR thoughts on him, and the fantastic start he has made.

Here is his official Wiki background notes :

Early years / Castellón
Born in General Roca, Río Negro, Ulloa started his career in 2002, playing with Argentine second division side Comisión de Actividades Infantiles Comodoro Rivadavia. In 2005 he moved to the top level, signing for San Lorenzo de Almagro where he was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2007.

Shortly after, Ulloa joined Arsenal de Sarandí. In the summer of 2008, after a brief stint with Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, he moved to Spain to play for second division’s CD Castellón, being reunited with former C.A.I. teammate – and countryman – José Carlos Tabares. He scored 16 goals in his debut season, his team’s best and sixth in the league.

Almería
Ulloa posted similar numbers in 2009–10, but Castellón was relegated after ranking 22nd and last. In late June 2010 he moved to another club in the country, UD Almería, sigining a five-year contract with the La Liga outfit.[1]

On 13 September, in only his second official game for the Andalusians, Ulloa scored in the last minute for a 2–2 home draw against Real Sociedad, after an individual effort. The following month, against the same opponent in the Spanish Cup’s round-of-32 first leg, he netted twice in the last 20 minutes to help his team come back from 0–2 to win it 3–2, in the Basque Country.

On 22 December 2010, again in the domestic cup, Ulloa scored three goals and assisted on another, as Almería downed RCD Mallorca 4–3 in the first leg,[2] winning 8–6 on aggregate. On 16 January 2011 he took his league tally to five, netting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid, after finishing a move from countryman Pablo Piatti.[3]

Ulloa was crowned the 2011–12 season’s top scorer,[4] but Almería failed to regain its top level status after ranking seventh.

Brighton & Hove Albion
On 16 January 2013 he transferred to Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £2m.[5][6] He scored on his début for his new club ten days later, in a 3–2 home loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup.[7]

On 2 March 2013, Ulloa became the first ever player to score a hat-trick at The AMEX, during Brighton’s 4–1 win over Huddersfield Town.[8] Two weeks later, he scored twice against Crystal Palace in a 3–0 victory, also at home,[9] contributing to the side’s first home win in the M23 derby since 1988; manager Gus Poyet described him as “different class”.[10] He continued his scoring run on the 30th, with his ninth goal in 12 games coming in a 2–2 draw at Nottingham Forest.[11]

On 27 April 2013 Ulloa scored the goal that confirmed Brighton’s place in the Championship play-offs, heading a last-minute winner to secure a 2–1 success at Leeds United.[12]

The following season, on 3 May 2014 Ulloa scored a last-minute headed goal to once again send Brighton through to the Championship play-offs, coming from behind at Nottingham Forest to win 2–1.[13]

Leicester City
On 22 July 2014, following weeks of speculation, Ulloa joined newly promoted Premier League side Leicester City on a four-year contract for a club record £8 million.[14] He was handed the number 23 shirt.[15]

Ulloa started on his Premier League debut at home to Everton on 16 August, and scored after 22 minutes as Leicester twice came from a goal down to secure a 2−2 draw.[16] He next scored in his third game, against Arsenal on 31 August, again registering after 22 minutes in the 1–1 draw.[17] Ulloa scored the only goal of the game as Leicester defeated Stoke City on 13 September and earned their first win of the Premier League season.[18]

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​Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayogo suffers serious knee injury

Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayogo has seriously injured his knee just weeks after returning from an eight-month lay-off with a similar problem.

The 28-year-old ruptured his ACL in January on his debut for Yeovil after joining the Glovers on loan.

Bakayogo only made his return to action in the friendly with MK Dons two weeks ago but was stretchered off just 23 minutes into the U21 Premier League defeat to Fulham last night/on Monday night.

The full-back went down clutching his knee, immediately signaling to the bench, and was given an oxygen mask as he left the field with what is feared could be another ACL tear.

“I’m not a medical person but all the signs are there to say it’s a similar injury to before,” said development coach Steve Beaglehole.
Zoumana Bakayogo