High-flying Leicester City travel to Brighton with all the confidence of a team challenging for the title.
Brendan Rodgers’ side sit second in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
The Foxes really caught the rest of the league’s eye with a 9-0 win over Southampton, but they have backed it up with 2-0 wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
They’ve got key players in form; striker Jamie Vardy has 11 goals in 12 league games, while Caglar Soyuncu has stepped into the hole left by Harry Maguire.
Rodgers’ side have already faced five of the Premier League’s traditional ‘big six’ but do face back-to-back games against Manchester City and Liverpool in December.
Given their consistent form, how will the Foxes line up at the Brighton?
Leicester find themselves with very little need to change their setup at the moment. A defensive unit of Ricardo Pereira, Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Ben Chilwell has worked very well thus far this season – no team has conceded fewer goals in the Premier League. Chilwell registered a hat-trick of assists against Montenegro on international duty so should be in confident mood ahead of his return to club football.
Indeed, with Brighton full-backs Dan Burn and Martin Montoya dribbled past at least once a game on average, perhaps the two full-backs could be in for a product afternoon.
James Maddison got his first England cap over the break and was man of the match in the win over Arsenal. Considering the fact the Seagulls have already conceded 17 goals this season, perhaps the former Norwich man could find the gaps required to make the most of his 2.2 key passes on average per game. Meanwhile, a settled duo of Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi provides him with a great platform to go forward. Averaging 5.4 tackles per game, the latter is outdoing every Premier League midfielder in that category (via WhoScored).
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