Leicester City travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City knowing a win is essential to keep the title race alive.
Can Leicester City finish above Manchester City?
The Foxes have enjoyed a dream start to the season, sitting second in the Premier League, losing just twice in their opening 17 games.
Despite that impressive record, they’re 10 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who they play on Boxing Day.
Thanks to the Reds’ involvement in the Club World Cup, Leicester will have played a game more, and they could find themselves just four points behind them if they beat both City and Liverpool in their next two games.
However, if Brendan Rodgers’ men fall to defeat to City, they’ll be just a point clear of the reigning champions, after dropping points to Norwich City at the King Power Stadium last time out.
So how will they lineup for the trip to City?
Leicester could make two changes to the side that drew with the Canaries. Kasper Schmeichel will be expected to continue between the sticks behind the league’s best defence. No side has conceded less than their 11 goals so far this term. Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Ben Chilwell have become a settled and incredibly effective unit.
There could be a change in system though. Rodgers employed a narrow system against Norwich, bringing Dennis Praet and Kelechi Iheanacho into his starting eleven. Bringing the wingers back into the team could provide more potency on the counter-attack. The regular midfield three of Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans provides both excellent defensive and attacking abilities. According to WhoScored, Ndidi averages 4.5 tackles per game in the league, while Maddison has 2.8 shots and 2.7 key passes per game.
If Rodgers does go for wingers, his regular choices have been Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes. The Spaniard scored a hat-trick in the 9-0 thumping of Southampton, while Barnes has four assists in the league this term. They’ll support the main man, Jamie Vardy. He’s scored 16 goals in 17 games this campaign, including 11 in his last nine.
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