50′ Bigger chance for Rodrigo!
But seconds later it’s Rodrigo who has the chance.
Leeds’ throw-in is poor but Soumare massively mistimes his header to clear the danger.
Rodrigo stays alive, spins inside and just takes one too many touches inside the box before taking his shot, and Leicester are able to get enough bodies behind the ball to repel the Spaniard.
49′ Chance for Bamford
Bamford gets the first shot of the half after Iheanacho is caught in possession on the halfway line.
The referee waves play on, and one pass later Bamford is away, but Soyuncu puts in a great block to deny the England man.
48′ Early cross for Maddison
Leeds have looked to carry on where they left off, but a Cooper ball from the back is really poor.
Leicester may be behind, but they have played out the back really well – the only problem is in the midfield, with it only reaching Iheanacho and Maddison on rare occasions.
Maddison does swing a cross in to the box, but it’s headed clear with Iheancho crowded out.
45′ Underway at Elland Road
Here we go then, back underway in the second half at Elland Road.
Leeds have only kept five clean sheets all season – will we get a sixth tonight?
HT: A massive 45 minutes to come
A massive 45 in the race for survival to come from both sides at Elland Road.
𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗳 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: A solid display in the first 45 minutes, #LUFC lead Leicester 1-0 after Sinisterra’s opener
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 25, 2023
Scores on the doors
We’re back in action at Villa Park, with the second period getting back under way about five minutes ago, with Mings’ opener still the difference in that one.
Wolves also still hold a 1-0 lead, although the visitors have made three attacking changes in the second half in pursuit of an equaliser that will maintain Hodgson’s unbeaten return to the dugout at Palace.
HT: Tale of the half
We thought it would be an all-out encounter, and we haven’t been disappointed.
With both sides at that stage of the season where they’re fighting for their lives, we were treated to a breathless start that offered up a stunning strike from Tielemans, only for VAR to deny him – and us – a sublime opener.
But it proved to inspire the home side to fight fire with fire, and just 12 minutes later Sinisterra had the ball in the back of the net with a towering header at the back post to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
The Colombian was off the pitch 12 minutes later with an injury, before Leicester finished the half the stronger, enjoying better control in the last 10 minutes than they had for a long time, but were unable to break through.
Free-kicks offered opportunities to both sides late on in the game, but neither team could find the ball needed to pose a real threat, and the half finished 1-0 to the hosts.
Youri Tielemans had the ball in the back of the net with a stunning strike on just eight minutes before an offside call
A decision is shown on the big screen after Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans thought he had scored the opener
Luis Sinisterra of Leeds United celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 to the hosts
45+4′ HT at Elland Road
It’s Leeds who end the half with a free-kick now, and Roca sends it from the left into the back post, but it’s relatively poor and Castagne clears with little trouble.
Leicester are rushing to take a throw out on the left, but they won’t get the chance, as Tierney brings the first half to a close.
45+£’ Well defended by Bamford
It was a poor delivery earlier on from Maddison, and this time it’s a little better, but he can only find Bamford in the box.
It’s an important header from the striker, and Leeds hold on at the back before half-time as they keep their slender lead a little longer.
45+2′ Yellow card
A late free-kick now for Leicester after Rodrigo trips Faes near the edge of the box.
The forward has picked up a yellow for his troubles, too.
45+1′ FOUR added minutes
We’ll have another FOUR minutes of action added on here – and the way things are going it looks like neither team wants it to stop with both having found their rhythm.
44′ Good corner
It’s a good ball in to the front post, but it’s a strong defensive header from Cooper to clear the danger.
Leeds are straight on the counter once again, but first Iversen and then Iheanacho come to the rescue for the visitors.
43′ Poor ball in
A bit of a delay as Barnes gets back to his feet, with Ayling the recipient of some attention from the Leicester players.
But after all that, Tielemans’ ball is fairly comfortably nudged clear on the edge of the box, but a few phases later the Foxes have a corner off Cooper.
41′ Free-kick to Leicester
Barnes wins a free-kick after a slightly agricultural challenge from Ayling.
He looked to have won the ball initially, sliding in on the Leicester winger, but it was his follow-through that earns him a yellow card.
Barnes is down in some pain, and Leicester will have a free-kick now in a promising area.
39′ Now Leicester build some steam
Now Leicester get a few passes going, and suddenly look a completely different prospect for Leeds to deal with.
Twice Meslier comes to the rescue in the air for the hosts, and takes a bit of the sting out of the game with a leisurely goal kick from his hands.
Approaching the last six or seven minutes, and it’s looking like the visitors are building to a finish – can they get an equaliser, though?
36′ Leicester just lacking control
Sinisterra had been really bright for the hosts, and his exit will be a bit of a blow, but Summerville is just as lively – if not more so – and brings plenty of energy from the bench.
Leicester just struggling to get the ball under control with as much regularity as they managed earlier, and Iheanacho gives away a free0kick for a hand in the face of McKennie as the Foxes looked to build a break.
KO in the second half at Molineux
It’s half-time at Molineux, with the hosts still holding that slender 1-0 margin following the early Andersen own goal, and the whistle goes at Villa Park with the score at the same margin.
We’re back underway at Molineux, now, as the hosts look to hold onto their lead.
32′ Sub for Leeds
Look like Sinisterra’s race is run as he goes back down holding his knee.
Summerville is stripped and ready to come on so it will be a like-for-like change, but it’s not the sight Leeds fans will have wanted to see.
There is that change, as the 21-year-old takes his place on the pitch.
30′ Shocking free-kick
It’s… well, it’s poor from Maddison.
With the ball on the edge of the top-left corner outside the box, it looked like he got caught in two minds whether to whip a cross in or lace a shot into the back post.
As a result, it was neither one nor the other and well wide of the mark, whatever he was looking to do.
Luis Sinisterra of Leeds United celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 against Leicester
28′ Free-kick to Leicester
It’s all getting a bit feisty now, as Maddison goes down on the edge of the box and wins a free-kick after being tripped by Firpo.
He’s pretty confident it should be a penalty, but the replays – and more importantly Paul Tierney – disagree.
Leeds fans are perhaps feeling aggrieved by the fact that Sinisterra was down and the ball not kicked out of play, and the goalscorer is now receiving some treatment before we can get back underway.
25′ Leeds flourishing on the break
It’s Leicester who have a free-kick in almost the same area now of their own attacking third.
The ball goes back though, and after recovering from some poor defending Leeds are launching a counter.
Iversen rushes off his line to clear the danger, and seeing the keeper off his line, Harrison goes for the first-time effort from about 45 yards, but doesn’t catch it right and Iversen reclaims.
Leeds are looking very dangerous on the counter, and this one could be 2-0 soon at this rate.
23′ Leeds opening a four-point gap from Leicester
As it stands – and it’s probably a bit early for all that – Leeds are on 32 points, four clear of the visitors tonight, who are maybe one loss away from being cut adrift.
Leeds now have a free-kick in a dangerous area out on the right, but Iversen comes out to claim and launch the counter.
20′ GOAL! Leeds 1-0 Leicester
It’s Sinisterra for Leeds!
Harrison deserves great credit for the goal, having picked out a stunning cross to the back stick, but it was a fantastic header from the Colombian.
The ball is sent back across goal with a wonderful whip on it, and Sinisterra just jumps highest and nods into the ground and there’s nothing that Iversen can do about it.
1-0 to the hosts, and the home crowd didn’t half enjoy that one!
18′ Should be 1-0 to Leicester
Oh it should be 1-0 Leicester.
Cooper this time with the slack pass, and Iheanacho has the ball on the top-left corner of the Leeds box.
He cuts in onto his left and sends the ball arcing to the back post where Maddison is sliding to meet it, but just can’t quite get on the end of it, and Leeds breathe a sigh of relief.
Really open stuff, which can only bode well for the game to come.
16′ Chances for both sides
A great chance for Barnes to get another goal against Leeds.
It’s a slack pass out from Koch at the back, which Soumare latches onto, before one-touch passes from Maddison and Iheanacho put Barnes through on goal, but Cooper recovers brilliantly to snuff out the danger.
Leeds seconds later have a chance of their own with a ball to Sinisterra at the back post, but his flicked finish is wayward.
14′ Leicester growing into the game
That Tielemans goal-that-wasn’t-a-goal has taken a bit of a sting out the game, with Leicester now dominating the ball and preventing the hosts from unleashing their energy on the break.
Barnes has been bright for the Foxes, and a lovely bit of footwork gets him clear of Ayling before a superb ball from Soumare is not met with as good a first touch by Tete.
It’s a very strong start from both sides, but if anything it’s Leicester who are edging the early exchanges.
GOAL at Villa Park – Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham
But we have had a goal at Villa Park, and it’s Tyrone Mings who gets the opener!
It’s a corner in to the near post from John McGinn, with the England defender glancing home the header at the near post to give Unai Emery’s side a brilliant start after Bobby Decordova-Reid was replaced by Harry Wilson early on.
Tyrone Mings scored the opening goal for Aston Villa after a John McGinn cross from the corner
8′ DISALLOWED GOAL
But wait – there’s an offside call!
The ball comes in from Maddison, but in the melee inside the box it’s come off Soumare, who was in an offside position!
It pings off the midfielder and one touch later it’s at Tielemans’ feet.
It’s a really unnecessary one as well, Soumare just stands still and fails to get himself back into an onside position.
It’s been chalked off, and we’re back to square one at Elland Road – 0-0.
7′ GOAL! Leeds 0-1 Leicester
It’s been Leeds coming out of the traps the quicker as you might expect, but Leicester have still given almost as good as they’ve got.
Maddison wins a corner after turning one way then the other in the box and firing a cross in towards Barnes.
Maddison then takes the corner himself, and after a muddle in the box, Tielemans lets fly from outside the box and it simply flies into the top left corner!
Stunning way to open the scoring!
4′ Good energy from both sides
Bit of a breakneck start already, with both sides showing little hesitation in getting forward.
Referee Paul Tierney has also been active with his whistle already, with both sides rightly picking up fouls.
Harrison is free in behind to latch onto a long ball, but Iversen is well positioned to gather after Kristiansen misread the pass.
Very energetic start from both sides.
3′ Bit of a knock already to Maddison
Well Maddison has already picked up a bit of a knock and spent some time on the ground.
That’ll worry Leicester fans, given that he was a doubt until about 24 hours ago with an illness.
He’s back up on his feet and looks like he means business – you suspect that’s probably not the last nervy moment for Leicester fans given the stakes tonight.
1′ Here we go!
Here we go!
It’s Leicester who get us underway and we’re live in the 8pm game up at Elland Road!
Huge noise at Elland Road
We’ve already mentioned the atmosphere at Elland Road, but the crowd are in absolutely deafening voice as we get the first of what will likely be many Marching On Together renditions.
The players are in the tunnel now, and they’ll be coming out with their ears ringing in a pretty sunny Yorkshire tonight.
13 goals conceded in three games from the hosts – but you wouldn’t know it by the sounds of optimism from the stands.
Leicester however will be looking to build on a massively important win over Wolves at the weekend.
Moments away now as the managers shake hands.
A good opportunity for both sides tonight
A reminder of the stakes tonight before we get underway at Elland Road.
Leicester are in 17th, just above the drop on goal difference, while Leeds are only a point above in 16th.
However, the home side’s goal difference is inferior by some eight goals, meaning that Leeds will want to inflict some damage tonight and level the playing field a little.
We’ve had almost a new bottom three every week this season, but with Southampton taking on relegation rivals Bournemouth – and Forest and Everton both with tricky fixtures this week – it could be a very good opportunity for both sides to get some much-needed points on the board.
Solomon a late call-up to the starting XI
An update to the game at Villa Park – Willian was due to start the game, but he has had to pull out, with Manor Solomon coming into the fold to replace the Brazilian out on the right.
Neeskens Kabano – not originally in the squad – is now on the bench for the visitors.
KO at Villa Park
The action is also underway at Villa Park, where Unai Emery’s Aston Villa are taking on Fulham.
Around 15 minutes to the action at Elland Road, too.
Yellow Card at Molineux
There’s been a booking at Molineux, and Eagles fans will perhaps not be surprised to see it’s gone the way of their skipper, Milivojevic.
It’s been a great start in the first kick-off, with Wolves really playing with a spring in their step.
Villa vs Fulham set to kick-off in just a few minutes.
Joachim Andersen’s own goal gave Wolves a golden start to the game with their quickest strike of the season
A word from Dean Smith
We saw what Javi Gracia thought before the game a little earlier – bit how about a word from his opposite number?
‘It’s a huge night for both football clubs,’ Dean Smith told BT Sport Both are in positions we don’t want to be in. We got a result on the weekend but it means nothing unless we can get one tonight as well.
‘We need to score goals to win games. They haven’t come readily from the centre-forwards this season. It’s nice to get some fresh legs in there.
‘I haven’t [set a points target for safety]. You have to go game by game because the picture changes constantly.
‘It’s different because you’re in for a short period of time. This is all about getting points. I’m not bothered about upsetting players. We all know the position we’re in.
‘I don’t even know whose out of contract to be honest. I’m not really bothered. Our focus is on the next game and it’s as simple as that.’
Dean Smith spoke to BT Sport ahead of the relegation battle with Leeds at Elland Road
Warming up at Elland Road
Veering away from Molineux, the home side at Elland Road have been out warming up ahead of kick-off against Leicester.
A relatively seasonal 9 degrees up in Yorkshire – although it’s set to get a little chillier tonight.
3′ GOAL Wolves 1-0 Palace!
What a start for Wolves! Andersen OG!
Ruben Neves swung in a corner towards the middle of the box, but Johnstone chose not to come and claim.
Instead, the ball clattered off Andersen’s outstretched leg and went into the back of the net off the bar.
What a start, but can they hold on?
Kick-off at Molineux
Just a few seconds from kick-off at Molineux and it’s a pretty raucous noise from the home fans to say the least.
Massive night that could see them put themselves in a good position for survival.
Here we go, the visitors get us going!
What’s happened to Leeds and Leicester
It’s an undeniably huge night for both Leeds and Leicester, with both teetering on teh edge of Championship football next term.
But how have we got to this point?
Leicester have Premier League and FA Cup winners medals from the last few years, while Leeds set the league alight under Marcelo Bielsa just two seasons ago.
Now we’re at risk of losing both teams to the second-tier.
For more on that one, check the link below.
Foxes in the building
The Foxes are in the building already tonight, and they’ll be in for quite the welcome from the Leeds fans tonight, with Elland Road one of the country’s most atmospheric grounds going.
But the hosts on paper have it all to do, having kept just one clean sheet in the last 10 Premier League meetings between these two – we touched on their recent defensive record, will tonight be another goal fest?
Updates from all three games tonight
About 15 minutes to go until kick-off between Wolves and Crystal Palace – a reminder that we’ll be focusing on the match between Leeds and Leicester that gets going at 8pm, but providing you with updates from Molineux as well as Aston Villa’s meeting with Fulham at Villa Park.
And speaking of Molineux – the Wolves ground looks like quite the carpet tonight!
But Leeds aren’t the only ones with a poor record
And talking of bad records – there’s plenty to come from the other games too!
For Roy Hodgson’s side in the early-ish game it’s almost the one team they wouldn’t have wanted to face as they look to reach the magic 40-point mark.
In seven attempts, the former England boss is without a win against the hosts this evening – hardly a record that Eagles fans will want to be reminded of, I’m sure.
And for Villa, we saw that they are without a win in midweek league games since 2020, but Fulham have won all of their midweek clashes this season.
In fact, only Man City have won more – 5/5 vs 4/4 – this season, so it could be a long night for Unai Emery’s Villans.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is without a win against Wolves in seven attempts
Only Manchester City have won more midweek Premier League games than Fulham
Leeds lousy Leicester record
It’s not a great omen for Leeds tonight that they’ve only beaten Leicester once in the league in their last eight – with that sole victory (3D, 4L) coming back in January 2021.
Worse still, they come into this one having shipped 13 goals in their last three outings, after a brilliant Palace comeback saw them defeated 5-1 at home, and Liverpool put them to the sword in a 6-1 thumping.
A more sedate 2-1 loss on the road to Fulham made for slightly better reading, but it has been a rotten run of form for tonight’s home side right when they didn’t need it.
Leeds do edge the overall head to head record – 48 wins, 46 losses, 34 draws – but the Foxes have won five of their last 10.
James Maddison of Leicester City gestures and looks while inspecting the pitch prior to the Premier League match
Leeds United merchandise is seen for sale outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match
Four changes for Leeds, two for the Foxes
English pair Maddison and Barnes are back into the attack for the visitors, with Daka and Vardy – who picked up a knock in the 2-1 win over Wolves last time out – missing out.
Leeds make twice the changes, and we’ll be hoping for twice the impact, with Wober, Nissen, Summerville and Aaronson replaced by Ayling, Firpo, Sinisterra and Bamford.
Leicester aren’t in action until Monday, while Leeds are playing again on Sunday – will that prove a factor in the clash tonight?
Team news from Elland Road
And here is the third and final round of team news for the evening!
For Leeds there are four changes, while Leicester make just the two!
Gracia has faith in his side
Here’s what the Leeds boss had to say about his side’s prospects this term.
‘We are living through tough moments at the most important part of the season.
‘When I arrived five games ago, we were second bottom. We were able to change that dynamic. We did it and we can do it again.
‘They have the desire and belief to stay up. Nobody doubts their commitment, but now is the moment to show it.
‘The key is to take our work in training into the matches. We have to change something to compete better.’
Watkins cropping up on the England radar
Three games at three different times this evening – we’ve got more team news coming in just a few minutes for our focus match tonight.
But down at Villa Park, there’s a striker playing themselves into contention for an international call-up in Ollie Watkins.
For more info on that one, take a look at the link below.
Both sides in with a shout of European qualification
Aston Villa have the unfortunate record of being without a win in their last NINE home midweek clashes in the Premier League, since beating Arsenal in 2020, although this is not a Villa side that we’ve seen in recent years.
Unai Emery has made himself a contender for manager of the season with the work that he’s done at Villa Park since inheriting from Steven Gerrard, and his side are in with a shout of Europa League football next season.
However, despite a little dip in form, Fulham are the side standing in their way this evening, with a 2-1 win over Leeds last time out sure to have set them on the right path back to the heights they’ve shown this season with eyes on a European spot for themselves.
A win tonight for either side will surely put them firmly in the race for those continental competitions, while Ollie Watkins could make it a staggering 12 goals in 14 games if he can get on the scoresheet tonight!
Fans of Aston Villa make their way to the stadium prior to the Premier League match
Fulham players arrive at the stadium to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday
Team news for the 7.45pm KO
And here are the sides to face off at Villa Park.
The hosts are unchanged, while the visitors welcome back Dan James for Bobby Decordova-Reid
More team news on the way, but first…
We’ve got team news for Aston Villa vs Fulham coming up shortly, but for those of you looking to stay with Palace vs Wolves, sink your teeth into these two stories.
Palace are hoping to keep a hold of Wilfried Zaha this summer – even if it does mean breaking the bank – while Wolves’ talisman in midfield could be set for the exit this term with both Arsenal and Man United reportedly interested.
For more on those, check out the links below.
All eyes on the battle at the bottom
Of course, we have two games kicking off beforehand, but once it gets underway we’ll be focusing on the later kick-off between the Whites and the Foxes.
It’s a game with so much on the line, with Leicester only above the drop zone on goal difference as things stand, while Leeds are just the one point above and – perhaps crucially – with a worse goal difference.
It’s been an almost unbelievably tight race to beat the drop this term, and there are still arguably nine teams in that race, but tonight could be a huge game in the survival prospects of either Leicester or Leeds.
A draw suits neither team really, so expect both sides to be properly going for it.
A street vendor looks out through Leeds United scarves ahead of the Premier League match
Fans in front of a mural outside the stadium before the match against Leicester on Tuesday
Changes all-round at Molineux
We’ve got team news for the early kick-off between Wolves and Palace!
The hosts make three changes, while Roy Hodgson’s visitors make four!
Good evening everyone, and welcome to tonight’s live Premier League coverage, brought to you by Mail Sport!
We’ve got three games on the menu, all getting underway at different times – first up, Wolves host Crystal Palace at 7.30 in a clash between two sides that have begun to put a little bit of daylight between themselves and the bottom three, although they aren’t quite safe yet.
Then at 7.45 Aston Villa get underway against Fulham, with both teams looking to rack up some points in bids to qualify for Europe, with Unai Emery’s side starting the day six points clear of the Cottagers in ninth.
And last but not least, it’s a HUGE game at the bottom of the table, with Leeds hosting Leicester at 8pm at Elland Road, with just a point separating the two in 17th and 16th places.
It’s sure to be a thrilling evening of Premier League midweek action, so make sure you stick with us throughout as we bring you all the latest news, stories and build-up ahead of the games!
General view of a corner flag inside the stadium before the match between Leeds and Leicester