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Match preview: Leicester City U18s v Norwich City U18s

29 January 2021

After their fixture against Aston Villa was postponed due to a frozen pitch, Norwich City Under-18s travel to Leicester City Training Ground to face the Foxes this Saturday (12pm KO).

The Young Canaries currently find themselves sixth in the U18 Premier League table, trailing Chelsea by a point and sitting two points behind Brighton & Hove Albion U18s.

Meanwhile, Leicester are 13th in the table, picking up two points across the season so far without a win.

Three points for the Canaries could see the side surpass both Chelsea and Brighton in the table, but Chelsea have two games in hand to fall back on.

In their last fixture, City took an emphatic 5-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Birmingham County FA after goals from Jon Rowe, Joe Duffy, Brad Hills and Oscar Thorn.

The young Canaries found the back of the net five times in 50 minutes, taking all three points and extending their win streak to three in all competitions.

The U18s last faced Leicester earlier in the 2020-2021 season, taking a 4-2 win over the foxes, courtesy of a Tom Dickson-Peters brace, as well as goals from Joe Duffy and Tony Springett.

Under-18s midfielder Sol Alidor-Hamilton is feeling confident going into this game against the Foxes, saying that the team are completely focused on the three points up for grabs.

“I’m feeling quite confident going into the game because we can make things right and move forward, so we can make our main focus on the game to get three points.

“We can look forward to playing well and getting the right mindset and rhythm for this game, keeping our eye on the win and getting the three points."

Discussing the postponement against Aston Villa, the midfielder says that he saw it as a good chance to spend even more time preparing for this game against Leicester.

“We looked at it as a positive because we could then get ready for this game. We had more time to prepare for the game and work on the things we needed to and put in the work on improving ourselves. We’re going into this game confident with the ability to beat Leicester like we did before.

“The winning mentality that we’re bringing into this game to beat Leicester and us having a winning streak is good, so we want to just get into this game and keep that going.”

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