The time has finally nearly arrived, after what seems like a lifetime ago from Leicester City’s last match, which was the last game in the Premier League, against Aston Villa, for the return to football for Leicester City. There is no need for an explanation as we have all been feeling the effects of the lock down due to the horrendous Covid-19 Virus.
As the country slowly starts to try and get back to anything closely resembling ‘normal’, a huge stepping stone towards that is the welcome return to football. This week see’s the return of Premier League football with the first game back being a 6pm kick off between Aston Villa and Sheffield United on Wednesday 17th June, well after the normal season has finished.
Leicester fans only need to wait until Saturday however as The Foxes travel to Vicarage Road for the Watford v Leicester City clash. The Saturday lunch time fixture is live on BT Sport 1 so fans who have been missing watching the team can tune in and hopefully see a quality match.
We all know though that these are completely unprecedented times and things are going to be very different, and no one can say for sure how the players will react. For starters there are no fans in the ground which will lead to a very strange atmosphere. After such a long lay off as well we can’t be sure how teams will play. Will this be like a whole new season or will teams kick on from where they left off? Only time will tell.
Leicester City fans will obviously be hoping for a repeat of their last match which they won 4-0 but one huge player missing from that is the excellent right back Ricardo Pereira. Unfortunately he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after needing surgery on injured knee ligaments. James Justin is likely to step into his boots and occupy the right back spot.
At the time of writing this there are no other real injury concerns although Ayoze Perez missed training last week with a slight knock so maybe kept on the bench if lacking a touch of fitness. You would expect most of the team to pick itself though if there are no further injuries or behind the scenes incidents.
Kasper Schmeichel will almost without doubt start in goal with Evans and Soyuncu in front of him filling the centre back spots and Ben Chilwell occupying the left back spot. Ndidi would be expected to fill the holding midfield spot, which he has pretty much since he arrived at the club, with James Maddison sitting ahead on a creative role. Jamie Vardy will then lead the line upfront with the rest of the positions up for grabs.
Brendan Rodgers is never shy in mixing things up though and has often changed the formation and starting eleven, sometimes unexpectedly. Although likely to play a 4-5-1 formation, Rodgers has mixed things up in the past and played 2 strikers in a 4-4-2 with Iheanacho partnering Vardy upfront.
As we said earlier, this is certainly going to be an interesting match for Leicester fans and they will all be looking to see if the team can carry on their impressive performances from the earlier part of the season and bag a Champions League spot for next season. The bookies have Leicester City down as favourites to win though with odds of 6/5 available. You might wish to visit Online-Bookies.org.uk though if you are betting and take advantage of some of the bookies offers available.
I think it is safe to say though that no matter what happens most fans will just be pleased that we have managed to get to the position where football can start again and we can all enjoy the game we love. Stay safe.