Leicester host struggling Norwich following a dream start to the Premier League season.
The Foxes sit second, eight points behind Liverpool, having lost just twice all season.
Can Leicester City keep hold of Brendan Rodgers?
Since defeat to Liverpool in early October, they’ve won nine games in a row, which includes an impressive victory over Arsenal and a 9-0 destruction of Southampton.
The fixtures do start to pile up in December, though. The Foxes face huge matches with Liverpool as well as Manchester City over a hectic Christmas period that could shape the rest of their season.
Their form has opened up a gap beneath them, they’re six points clear of Manchester City in third and are 14 points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.
This game against the Canaries comes just four days before they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, so Brendan Rodgers may be tempted into changes.
So how will they lineup?
Kasper Schmeichel is a regular in goal. In front of him, the defence has been very settled. Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell have excelled at full-back, with the Portuguese earning an average rating of 7.74 for his Premier League performances on WhoScored. Caglar Soyuncu has stepped up to fill the void left by Harry Maguire, while Jonny Evans has shown the ability that once made him a starting player for Manchester United alongside him. Currently, only Soyuncu is averaging more clearances than him in the squad.
The Foxes’ midfield has been hugely impressive this term. Wilfred Ndidi leads the league for tackles per game (4.6), while only Kevin De Bruyne can boast a higher average rating this season (7.85) than James Maddison’s 7.75. Youri Tielemans has been the man to link up the middle three that provides the service for the forwards. He currently has three assists to his name.
There may be changes on the wings. Dennis Praet and Kelechi Iheanacho have come in recently, but Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes look likely to return against Norwich given how often they have played in the league this term. Iheanacho’s form is such that he could be rested for the cup tie in midweek. The man in the middle isn’t likely to change. Arguably, there’s no player in the country in better form than Jamie Vardy, who has scored 16 already this season in the Premier League, five more than anyone else.
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