Ref in Focus: Coote record points to Brendan Rodgers coming unstuck at Huddersfield

Leicester City have certainly hit their stride under Brendan Rodgers following three successive Premier League wins, but the omens point to them slipping up when they face already-relegated Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday – because of referee David Coote.

The Northern Irishman has bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Watford in his first match in charge to hold a 100% record since, with the last of those victories coming against Bournemouth last weekend.

A trip to Yorkshire to face the Terriers doesn’t look to be the most difficult on paper given Jan Siewert’s men are rock-bottom of the table and have taken just 14 points from their 32 fixtures, with four of those coming in 2019 to date.

However, the hosts do have a good luck charm on their side in Coote, who not only was the man in the middle for their only win of the current calendar year against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February, but has also refereed nine games this term without seeing a single away win, as per stats-based website WhoScored.

That of course by no means guarantees Town success seeing as they are coming up against the team with the sixth best away record in the Premier League, but it is certainly something for the Foxes to be wary of.

David Coote's 2018-19 Premier League stats

With a seventh-place finish well in their sights they need to be taking maximum points from fixtures like this to remain in Europa League contention.

Coote is pretty lenient when it comes to giving fouls per tackle, while he’s also yet to award a spot-kick or a red card during the current campaign.

It will certainly be an interesting spectacle at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend, and Leicester will hope that the gods are actually shining down on them instead.