JUST IN:Leicester City XI vs Leeds United as Daniel Farke aims for King Power scalp

Leicester City are 14 points clear of Leeds at the top of the Championship but the Whites will look to spoil the party.

Leeds manager Daniel Farke will take his team to Leicester City on Friday evening in an attempt to close the gap on the Sky Bet Championship leaders.

The Foxes have had the best start to a Championship season in history, with 13 wins from a possible 14, with only a home loss to Hull in August spoiling what would have been a perfect record. Furthermore, they have the potential to equal the record for consecutive third-tier wins, which is currently held by Reading in their outstanding 2005-06 season, Aston Villa under Dean Smith, and Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.

Leeds will find it difficult, but the Whites have been in good form as well. They’ve risen back to third in the table after four wins in five games, and if it hadn’t been for Leicester and Ipswich’s outstanding starts to the season, they’d have made a title charge in any other season; Burnley and Sheffield United were on the same points at this stage last season. It does, however, mean that they will have to contain Leicester in order to slow their progress – and Leeds Live has looked at their predicted XI and injury news ahead of the crucial clash.

The Foxes have three injuries that will keep them out of the King Power Stadium against Leeds. Callum Doyle, who is on loan from Manchester City and spent last season at Coventry, is out with a knee injury sustained in the 1-0 home win against Bristol City at the end of September.

Leeds United predicted line-up vs Leicester City as Daniel Farke expected  to gamble on trio's fitness

Summer acquisition Tom Cannon is out with a back injury. With the likes of Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Patson Daka to contend with for the sole striking berth, the striker will find it difficult to break into the first-team fold this season, though he won’t be in action anyway due to an injury he picked up in training.

Finally, Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet completes the hat-trick of injuries. He’s also out with a back injury and hasn’t played since the first few games of the season, when Leicester beat Huddersfield 1-0 in mid-August.

Aside from that trio, the Foxes have a full-strength squad available, which means it will be a huge challenge for Leeds to pick up all three points in the East Midlands; and with nearly 10 wins in a row, even a draw would be a huge result for Daniel Farke.

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