Leicester entertain Champions Manchester City on Saturday, going into the game looking for their first victory in ten.
Last week’s disappointing late defeat to Aston Villa, showed once again that Leicester do have the class, but will need to start showing the form that got promotion from the Championship and fast.
This week we have seen Kasper Schmeichel break his foot and so Ben Hamer will get another chance over the next 4-6 weeks to press his claims for a regular spot between the sticks after his excellent performance earlier in the season at Stoke.
Leonardo Ulloa finally got himself back amongst the scorers at Villa Park but his forced exit at half time is a worry, but there is hope that it was just a precaution rather than a serious injury. His exit gave the chance for David Nugent to advance his claims for a starting birth after an energetic performance in the second half, with glimpses of last season’s form.
The form of the other striker in the mix, Jamie Vardy is a worry and he cut a frustrated figure at Villa Park. Assuming Ulloa is fit, a break out of the side to allow Nugent a run might be beneficial for the Foxes.
Danny Simpson slotted in nicely at right-back after Ritchie De Laet took ill and another good look at him would be the right step for manager Nigel Pearson to make. After his clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton, left back and veteran of the side Paul Konchesky had his red card rescinded during the week and will more than likely reclaim his place.
The centre-back pairing of Wasilewski and Moore will likely continue with club captain Wes Morgan, serving the second of his three match ban. Moore will need to be on his game after being at fault for Villa’s opening goal last weekend.
Manchester City go into the game buoyed by their fantastic performance at Roma in the final round of Champions League group games that secured their passage into the last 16.
Still without star striker Sergio Aguero, there goals will look to come from both Jovetic and Dzeko. With Yaya Toure looking more and more like the player of old, after a disappointing first half of the season, Leicester will need to be wary of the former Barcelona star, pulling the strings in midfield.
With Kompany on the brink of a return, there will be a question mark for Manuel Pellegrini, whether to put him straight back into the side, or stick with Mangala and Demichelis for another week against the league’s bottom side.
Leicester are badly in need of a win to take the pressure of Nigel Pearson, but coming up against a resurgent Man City is not what the Foxes need going into the Xmas period and the run of games fast approaching. The next three weeks are a crucial period for Pearson with the transfer window soon to be open but it remains to be seen if the Thai owners will afford him the time to turn it around.
Prediction – Leicester 1 – 3 Manchester City