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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson urged his side to focus on their own form ahead of Sunday's televised Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds.

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Nigel Pearson: Ready for clash with Leeds

Nigel Pearson: Ready for clash with Leeds

Both teams made winning starts to their season last week and, while Pearson knows there will be pressure on his ambitious side, he feels the same is true of this weekend's opponents.

He told his club's website: "I think there will be quite high expectations of them this season. But, ultimately, I know as far as our own situation is concerned, we need to get our own early-season form such as it gives us a good platform for the rest of the season.

"I don't know how people are billing the game, but I wouldn't suspect that we're being billed as underdogs. It'll be an interesting game. Both sides will be trying to win the game - that's for sure.

"Again, I think there are a number of sides this season who will be expected to do well and other sides that will surprise a few people as well. It's a difficult division to be consistently good in and there will always be one or two surprises along the way."

Zak Whitbread and Ben Marshall return after missing the midweek Capital One Cup win over Wycombe, leaving the Foxes at full strength.

"Zak has been in non-contact training all week so will be available for selection and Matty James came off the other night as a precaution so we'll keep an eye on him, but all in all we're injury-free," Pearson said.

"Ben Marshall is okay now too, so he'll also be available, so it's quite nice to go into a game with a full squad to select from."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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