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Scunthorpe United 0 – 1 Leicester City
Tuesday 16 July
Sands Venue Stadium
Goalscorer: Pérez 35′
Spanish forward Pérez, who joined the Club from Newcastle United earlier this summer, latched onto a cross from Ricardo Pereira in the 35th minute to win it for the Foxes.Rodgers included Youri Tielemans in City’s starting line-up in north Lincolnshire, following his permanent transfer from AS Monaco, while Jamie Vardy led the line up front.
Cheltenham 1- 2 Leicester
Saturday 20 July
Jonny-Rocks Stadium, Cheltenham
Goalscorers: Vardy 68’, Albrighton 75’
Having defeated Scunthorpe United on Tuesday, the Foxes contested a second pre-season fixture in the space of five days, with 22 players notching up minutes in Gloucestershire as preparations for the new campaign continue.
An early opportunity for Kelechi Iheanacho saw the Nigeria international striker hit the crossbar with a powerful header, but Luke Varney was on target at the other end to put Cheltenham 1-0 up on 16 minutes.
Captain Wes Morgan then headed over and saw a half-volley saved by goalkeeper Scott Flinders, while George Thomas was dispossessed in the area by Charlie Raglan just before the attacker could get his shot off.
Manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes at the break, with shot-stopper Danny Ward the only man to remain from the first-half starting XI, while Callum Elder made way for Christian Fuchs just before half-time.
The introduction of striker Vardy proved to be crucial to the overall result. First, the City No.9 had an effort saved by Flinders, but after some good work from Youri Tielemans, Vardy found the bottom corner with a neat finish on 68 minutes.
Just seven minutes later, the Foxes took the lead through Albrighton. Papy Mendy’s well-weighted pass found the winger, who rounded Flinders before firing in from an angle in front of the travelling Blue Army.
Albrighton’s strike proved to be enough for City to seal their second-consecutive pre-season win ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Cambridge United.
Cambridge U 0- 3 Leicester
Tuesday 23 July
The Abbey Stadium
Goalscorers: Maguire 59’, Ihenacho 83’, Choudhury 87’
Brendan Rodgers was able to welcome back a string of internationals including Demarai Gray, who played from the off, while Kasper Schmeichel – skipper for the clash – and Ben Chilwell both started the fixture in Cambridgeshire.
City’s best opportunity of the first period saw Ricardo Pereira have a strike blocked by Mitov and then hit the post with a neat backheel as the Portugal international right-back went close at Abbey Stadium.
Marc Albrighton’s low shot was clawed out of the bottom corner by Mitov on 34 minutes, while Tielemans’s 25-yard strike was also turned to safety by the Cambridge ‘keeper.
It was Barnes, who after only a few minutes of action, next went close as he sent a deflected attempt just wide from the edge of the box, before another effort looped up off Daniel Jones as Cambridge survived another spell of pressure.
However, City finally found a breakthrough just before the hour-mark as Chilwell picked out centre-back Harry Maguire, who timed his run well to head in past the defiant Mitov.
Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho then had an opportunity to make it 2-0, only for him to drag his shot across the face of goal from a tight angle having done well to round Cambridge’s goalkeeper.
But Iheanacho persisted and grabbed his first goal of pre-season with seven minutes to play. Fine play from Barnes saw the young winger pick out the Nigeria international frontman, who headed in at the far post.
There was still time for a third goal, too. This time, Academy graduate Choudhury was the man to get his name on the scoresheet, as he calmly slotted into the bottom corner to round off a convincing victory.
Stoke 1- 2 Leicester
Saturday 27 July
Goalscorers: Albrighton 60′, Tielemans 84′
Maintaining their pressure, City again went close through Pérez, who also tested Butland, before striker Jamie Vardy also saw an effort turned away by the Stoke stopper.
Despite the visiting side’s domination in the opening stages, Stoke were awarded a penalty when Evans fouled Benik Afobe, but Schmeichel did well to save Sam Vokes’ spot-kick.
Level at the interval, both sides traded blows as Vardy first fired straight at Butland before Danny Batth was inches away from connecting with a dangerous cross from the left flank.
City finally had their breakthrough on the hour mark. A brilliant cross from Ricardo Pereira found Marc Albrighton, who chested the ball down before slamming it into the far corner.
However, Stoke restored parity in fortuitous circumstances 10 minutes later, when former Fox Nick Powell’s cross dipped over Schmeichel and found the net.
Determined to add another win to their pre-season record, Maddison nearly put City back in front, only to see his 25-yard free-kick tipped wide by Butland.
Rotherham 2 – 2
Saturday 27 July
New York Stadium
Goalscorers: Ihenacho, Iheneacho
While Brendan Rodgers’ men simultaneously defeated Stoke City 2-1 at bet365 Stadium, Assistant Manager Chris Davies and First Team Coach Kolo Touré oversaw another Foxes squad in South Yorkshire, which included outings for new signing James Justin and England U21s duo Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray.
With rain falling at a harsh angle, the Foxes nonetheless started brightly with Barnes in particular causing serious issues for Matt Olosunde down the left channel.
Leicester’s first real opportunity of the match led to their opener in the 11th minute as Barnes seized upon a loose ball and slid it into Iheanacho in space.
The Nigerian striker, who opened his account in pre-season during Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Cambridge United, composed himself and drilled it low into the bottom corner.
For Rotherham, on the other hand, Kyle Vassell was able to bundle it into the net from close range, but the linesman’s flag was up and the score remained locked level at 1-1.
That was until the 71st minute, however, as Iheanacho restored a slender lead, riding a number of challenges, before beating substitute goalkeeper Lewis Price.
Leicester City 2 – 1
Friday 2 August
King Power Stadium
Goalscorers: Perez 61’, Vardy 75’
The Foxes made it five wins from six games this summer as manager Brendan Rodgers handed a maiden Filbert Way start to Ayoze Pérez.
A closely-fought opening period yielded few goalscoring opportunities, with Jonny Evans going closest for the hosts, while Josip Iličić and Robin Gosens both had wayward efforts.
Evans headed off target for a second time in the game with 37 minutes on the clock, before City’s best chance of the first half fell to Jamie Vardy, who was denied by Pierluigi Gollini in a one-on-one situation.
After the interval, both outfits traded blows. Pérez first fired over from a tight angle, while Mario Pašalić saw his strike blocked by Atalanta team-mate Luis Muriel.
A superb pass from Belgium international Youri Tielemans then released Pérez for another opportunity, only for the Spaniard to see his strike saved by Gollini.
Pérez persisted, though, and after a fine solo run, he beat two Atalanta defenders before slotting into the bottom corner with 61 minutes gone to score his second goal of pre-season.
With 75 minutes to go, after continuous pressure on the Atalanta back line, substitute Christian Fuchs’ instinctive long throw released Vardy, who took a touch to set himself before applying a cool finish into the right-hand corner.
Fuchs had a goal of his own disallowed with six minutes to play, as the former Austria international slammed home, only for his strike to be ruled out as Evans was flagged offside.
The Italian outfit halved the deficit with three minutes to play when Muriel converted a penalty after being brought down by Ricardo, but City’s structured defending saw them see out the win.