James Maddison & Jamie Vardy

Matchday Minus Two Talking Points: All-Round Performances & Weekend Expectations

Former Leicester City defenders Gerry Taggart and Matt Elliott joined presenter Dan Bates in the LCFC TV studio to discuss all of the latest topics surrounding the Foxes on the latest episode of Matchday Minus Two.
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- Matt Elliott and Gerry Taggart preview Saturday’s encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion
- The ex-City stars were discussing the fixture on Matchday Minus Two
- Live coverage of the game will begin at 12pm with the Pre-Match Pint, ahead of the 3pm kick-off

Brendan Rodgers’ men have won four Premier League games on the bounce and are aiming to maintain their spot in the top two, which they have occupied since beating Arsenal 2-0 before the international break.

Next up, they will make the 320-mile round trip to AMEX Stadium to face Graham Potter’s Seagulls, who have won all three of their previous home matches in the Premier League, but lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out.

Flying high

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Ayoze Pérez
Ayoze Pérez

Ayoze Pérez claimed the match ball, as did Jamie Vardy, as they both hit trebles against Southampton in October.

Gerry Taggart said: “It’s remarkable when you think about it. There were goals from all over, Ayoze Pérez got his first goals, which is great stuff. All of the games we’ve seen, it shows that Leicester have won different types of games against different types of teams. They are contrasting teams, but the results stay the same.”

All-round performances

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James Maddison
James Maddison

Youri Tielemans and Jonny Evans congratulate James Maddison on his sixth goal of the season against the Gunners.

Matt Elliott said: “Picking one out of all those is difficult. It’s all about the all-round game that Leicester are producing. The highlight for me was the Arsenal game. It was a well-structured performance and from the first goal, you knew that they would win the game and it elevated them up into second in the league.”

Regular link-up play

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has seen his side win their previous five outings in all competitions.

Gerry Taggart said: “At the beginning of the season, we saw it in little bits, but now we see it on a regular basis and it’s leading to goals. That’s what Brendan Rodgers has set out to do – to get that link-up play the way it was for Jamie Vardy’s goal against Arsenal. It looks really easy, but for me, it’s world class.”

Maddison’s opportunity

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James Maddison & Ben Chilwell
James Maddison & Ben Chilwell

James Maddison and Ben Chilwell starred alongside each other for England's seniors for the first time on Thursday.

Matt Elliott said: “James Maddison got his opportunity for England. With the form that he’s been in, he’s deserved it. At a young age, he’s got the chance to establish himself in that England team. Making his debut is something that he’ll never forget.”

Saturday’s expectations

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Graham Potter
Graham Potter

Graham Potter took charge of the Seagulls in the summer.

Gerry Taggart said: “We’ve seen that it’s difficult against Brighton in the last few seasons, but this season is different. You have to back Leicester. Brighton have won four games, and three of those wins have come at home, so Leicester will face some issues. After what we saw at Palace, I expect Leicester to go about their job in a similar fashion against Brighton.”

Matt Elliott’s prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Leicester City 2
Gerry Taggart’s: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Leicester City 2

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