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05 September 2020 Venue King Power Stadium Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Leicester City
1 - 1
Blackburn Rovers

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Preview: Leicester City v Rovers

The final pre-season outing of the summer concludes at the King Power St

4 September 2020

Rovers return to action on Saturday with a final friendly fixture of pre-season against Premier League side Leicester City.

The King Power Stadium will be the venue for the contest, with the game taking place at 1pm.

Tony Mowbray is expected to be without Sam Gallagher, who is again likely to sit out due to a niggling injury.

A thigh strain is what has kept the forward out of the previous pre-season outings at Fleetwood Town, Blackpool and the behind-closed-doors game against Barrow, along with last weekend's Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Lewis Holtby scored before later limping off in that game against Darren Moore's side, but he is expected to play a part one week on from his setback having returned to training earlier this week.

Ryan Nyambe should also be back in contention after playing an hour in the midweek win over Barrow and coming through the test unscathed.

Two definite absentees will be Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans, with international call ups for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland keeping the pair out of club action.

Elsewhere, new arrival Thomas Kaminski is still awaiting the end of his two-week quarantine period, whilst Bradley Dack remains a couple of weeks away from any first team involvement.

Brendan Rodgers' side, who finished in the Europa League spots in the Premier League last season, have featured twice in pre-season so far, both against Championship opposition.

Having earned a 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew's first up, the Foxes then drew 0-0 in a behind-closed-doors meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.

The likes of Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans and Demarai Gray all featured for City against the Owls and they're expected to again go strong against Rovers.

They'll be without the departed England international Ben Chilwell, who recently joined Chelsea, but his replacement, new signing Timothy Catagne, could appear for the fist time for the Foxes.

Caglar Soyuncu is away on international duty with Turkey, whilst young full back James Justin is with the England Under-21s squad.

A hip injury kept James Maddison out of the back end of last season, and the playmaker, who began his career under Mowbray at Coventry City, won't be rushed back after being left out of the England squad.

With both teams beginning their league campaigns next weekend, the strongest possible sides are expected to be named by both bosses.

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Match Reports

Report: Leicester City 1-1 Rovers

A late Derrick Williams header earned a deserved draw for Rovers against Premier League opposition

5 September 2020

Derrick Williams' late header earned a deserved draw for Rovers in their final pre-season outing of the summer against Premier League side Leicester City.

Williams climbed highest to glance home an equaliser with just 10 minutes remaining to earn a share of the spoils at the King Power Stadium.

An error from Andy Fisher had allowed Daniel Amartey to head the hosts in front just after the hour mark against the run of play.

A draw could have turned into a win for Rovers considering the chances they created, with Harry Chapman emerging off the bench and going close late on.

Tony Mowbray made three changes from the team that started in the Carabao Cup win over Doncaster Rovers with the boss opting for a reshuffle in the backline for the final friendly before the big kick-off against AFC Bournemouth next weekend.

An international call up resulted in Darragh Lenihan missing out, whilst Scott Wharton and Chapman also dropped out of the starting XI and onto the bench.

Returning for Rovers were Tyler Magloire, tasked with keeping tabs on Leicester's ex-England striker Jamie Vardy, with Ryan Nyambe and Williams joining Amari'i Bell in the back four.

The dangerous Vardy was the first man to test Andy Fisher, again in goal for Rovers, but the stopper got down to his left to hold the striker's low attempt from the edge of the box just seven minutes into the contest.

Rovers were growing into the game against their Premier League opponents, with Bradley Johnson blasting over before Joe Rankin-Costello nodded Ryan Nyambe's fine cross just over Jakub Stolarczyk's upright as the half hour mark approached.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, which meant the two teams went into the half time interval all square.

The first opportunity of the second half wasn't far away though, with Joe Rankin-Costello's thumping attempt being well held by Stolarczyk just three minutes after the break after a good solo run from Adam Armstrong saw the frontman lead a breakaway from his own half.

Brendan Rodgers' hosts were getting frustrated by Rovers' defensive shape, with Harvey Barnes' speculative effort the closest the came before the hour mark struck.

At the other end, Rankin-Costello showed fine footwork before his right-footed curler forced an excellent fingertip save from Polish goalkeeper Stolarczyk.

From the resulting corner, Lewis Holtby's kick was nodded over by the stretching Williams at the back post as Rovers continued to probe in a bid to open the scoring.

However, despite Rovers' control, it was the hosts who took the lead in fortuitous circumstances with 24 minutes remaining.

Demarai Gray's corner slipped through Fisher's fingers and substitute Amartey was lurking at the back most to head into an empty net and break the deadlock in City's favour.

Rovers went in search of a quick response, but Joe Rothwell curled just wide of Stolarczyk's left-hand post, before another substitute, Harry Chapman, slalomed beyond Amartey and Darnell Johnson before firing just wide of the target.

The goal that Rovers deserved finally arrived via the head of Williams with only 10 minutes remaining of what was an entertaining battle between the two former Premier League champions.

Jacob Davenport's corner was put into the danger area and Williams was at the near post to glance home with a similar finish to the one he scored at Hull City last season.

Rovers would have half-chances towards the end of the game, but the scoreline was probably the fairest outome in the last dress rehearsal before the season begins for real down at Bournemouth this time next week.

Leicester City: Stolarczyk, Gray (Albrighton, 70), Vardy (Iheanacho, 75), Barnes (Perez, 70), Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi (Amartey, 62), Dewsbury-Hall, Thomas, Knight (Johnson, 62), Daley-Campbell (Leshabela, 84).

Unused substitutes: Jakupovic, Madavidua, Hirst, Fitzhugh.

Goal: Amartey, 66

Rovers: Fisher, Nyambe, Magloire, Williams, Bell, Travis (c) (Bennett, 75), Johnson (Buckley, 75), Holtby (Davenport, 75), Rankin-Costello (Dolan, 61), Armstrong (Rothwell, 61), Brereton (Chapman, 61).

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Carter, Wharton.

Goal: Williams, 80.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

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