After heading to Elland Road with the aim of moving 13 points clear of their closest rivals for a top-two place in the Championship table, Ipswich left chastened by a 4-0 defeat that brutally ended their five-game unbeaten run.Daniel Farke’s side struck three times
before the break on a day to forget for ex-Leeds defender Leif Davis, who scored an own goal from Crysencio Summerville’s cross and later fouled the same player to concede a penalty.Town boss Kieran McKenna was handed his heaviest defeat since taking charge
at Portman Road and embarking on a superb run of results that propelled his side up from League One into contention for a place in the Premier League.Ipswich have now lost to Leeds twice this term, following a 4-3 home defeat in August, but they still lead the
Yorkshire club by seven points in the race for automatic promotion.Following a 2-2 draw in their derby duel with Norwich City a week earlier, the Tractor Boys will be looking to get back on track with a win from their next festive fixture, as they meet the only team above them
in the table.Though the East Anglian outfit have lost just two of their last 10 league games on Boxing Day, and won 3-0 against Oxford United last year, this time they will step up in class, meeting the outright favourites to be crowned second-tier champions this season.
The Foxes have enjoyed plenty of highs and lows between then and now, but recent results suggest the side demoted last term should be back in the big time sooner rather than later.
On Saturday, the Championship leaders capitalised on Ipswich losing a few hours earlier by seeing off rock-bottom Rotherham United to go six points clear at Christmas.
Bringing his personal tally to four goals in as many games, Patson Daka was on target twice during a 12-minute spell in the second half that brought three Leicester strikes and essentially ended the game as a contest.
A fifth straight win was already their 19th in the league, and at the halfway stage of the season, Enzo Maresca’s men have a 13-point cushion over fellow relegated clubs Leeds and Southampton, who front a distant chasing pack in the playoff places.
As a result, they are primed to meet an Ipswich side that have lost only one Championship home game so far, while seeking their own 10th away win of the season.