Leeds head into the clash off the back of three consecutive defeats, conceding 13 goals in the process. They have dropped to 16th place in the table, which is just one place and one point above their visitors on tonight.
Vital points are up for grabs in the bid to survive the drop into the second tier. The Whites need a reaction and the fans will be expecting one.
Javi Gracia’s side play Bournemouth at the weekend in their next fixture as well, in what could prove to be a season-defining week for his side in the bid to remain in the Premier League.
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What are the pundits saying about Leeds v Leicester?
Speaking on talkSPORT, Jim White asked Danny Mills: “Are the wheels falling off at just the wrong time?”
Mills responded, explaining that Leeds’ goal difference taking a hit is almost like an extra point lost, he said: “The last three games haven’t gone well, at all. So many goals conceded and that’s really nullified their goal difference. That could well cost them an extra point.”
Mills believes that a change of style is needed for Leeds in tonight’s game, he added: “I think its important that the players don’t get wrapped up in that (the atmosphere). You’ve almost got to change philosophy. They’ve been a little bit gung-ho lately in their games.”
He explains that tonight is a must not lose, and that a draw would be positive for the Whites, he continued: “What they need is a really boring nil-nil. They can’t lose this evening. If they lose again this evening you really do start to worry, because their run-in is very difficult.”
Mills has a lot of experience of playing at Elland Road himself, and thinks that the players need to not let the occasion get to them, the former Leeds full-back added: “Sometimes you have to go against the crowd and think ‘you know what? We need to grind out a result, get a point’, because if you lose to Leicester that’s real bad news.”
Leeds have simply not been gung-ho at all, with a major criticism of Gracia that his side is too passive at the moment.
The team look out of ideas when the ball reaches the final third, and lacking a spark. There cannot be an argument that they are as attack-minded as they were under the two previous head coaches. It is an absurd take on the current team.
The game is a must-not-lose for Leeds, and Mills is right with that; but realistically it is more of a must-win. If Leeds can get maximum points in their next two, then safety will be almost assured.