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Fox in the box: Here’s the reason why Premier League defences should fear Leicester City

Louis Van Gaal should have taken note. We've got the stats to suggest that if you give Leicester chances, you will get punished.

by Josh Powell | September 22, 2014

Leicester City have thoroughly enjoyed the start to life back in the Premier League. The Foxes have taken eight points from tricky tests against Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke and Man United. The weekend’s 5-3 victory over Louis Van Gaal’s team, particularly after being 3-1 down with half an hour to play, will easily be one of the most memorable moments of the season.

That’s now nine goals Leicester have racked up in five games (more than City, United, Liverpool and Spurs) and their ruthlessness finishing inside the area is something that should have opposition managers quaking in their boots.


The Foxes are in a fine run of form in front of goal, and the stats suggest that you can’t afford to give them too many chances in the area without getting punished.

Leicester have racked up just 28 shots from inside the box this season – that’s the same number as Burnley and 21 shots less than Chelsea. Yet Nigel Pearson’s men have scored nine goals inside the box, and only Arsenal (10) and Chelsea (15) have scored more. That’s a conversion rate of 32 per cent and it equates to one goal for every three attempts inside the area.

Against Man Utd, Leicester had 10 shots inside the area, scoring five times with their only five shots on target. They have all the efficiency of a German railway system but are far more exciting to watch.

This weekend Leicester face Crystal Palace who picked up their first win of the season against Everton at the weekend. The Eagles aren’t as defensively sound as they were under Tony Pulis and have conceded 10 goals in their opening five games, keeping just one clean sheet at home to miss-firing Burnley. If they keep handing up chances to the likes of Leicester, and in particular Leonardo Ulloa, then the Foxes could well take advantage at 7/4.

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