Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion preview: Foxes look to consolidate top four spot 
James Maddison  in action with Mathew Ryan of Brighton & Hove Albion | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City will play at the King Power Stadium for the first time in 105 days as they look to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League with a win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

The Foxes marked their return to domestic football in dramatic style on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Watford after goals from either side in stoppage time of the second half, whilst Brighton also had late drama as a 95th minute strike from Neal Maupay secured a vital 2-1 win over Arsenal.

A win for Leicester will see them extend the gap to their nearest rivals Chelsea by six points ahead of their fixture against Manchester City on Thursday, whilst the visitors are looking to build on their impressive victory on Saturday as they look to edge closer to survival.

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Key Battle

Jonny Evans has been a near-flawless performer this season in the heart of the Leicester defence and will need to be on form again should the Foxes want to pick up their first win since the return of domestic football. 

Brighton's hero on Saturday Neal Maupay is the man in question that Evans will have to deal with and is likely to prove a tough candidate.

The Frenchman has nine goals in his debut season in the top-flight and his movement both on and off the ball could cause Evans and the rest of the Leicester backline problems.

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Last Meeting

It was Brendan Rodgers' Leicester who took all three points in the previous meeting as they ran out 2-0 winners on the South Coast.

Ayoze Perez gave the East Midlanders the lead in the 64th minute after combining with Jamie Vardy in a devastating counter attack before Vardy added his second from the spot eight minutes from time.

Vardy had two attempts at the penalty after his initial effort, which was saved and headed in on the rebound by James Maddison was ruled out by VAR which ordered for the penalty to be retaken for encroachment.

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Team News

Leicester boss Rodgers will have Dennis Praet available for selection after he confirmed that the Belgian international had recovered from injury and would be available for selection.

Bar the long-term injuries to Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey, it is a clean bill of health for the Foxes.

Graham Potter meanwhile has no new injury concerns but admitted that he could rotate the side as they continue to build their fitness again.

Solly March and Dale Stephens look the most likely to be recalled to the starting 11 whilst midfielder Aaron Mooy will be in the squad after Potter confirmed he substituted the Australian at half-time against Arsenal for tactical reasons.

Steven Alzate and one-time former Leicester transfer target Alireza Jahanbakhsh are also in contention for a return to the squad.

Winger Jose Izquierdo remains the only definite absentee for the Seagulls.

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Predicted Line-ups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Praet, Maddison; Barnes, Vardy, Perez.

Brighton: Ryan; Schelotto, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Propper, Bissouma; Gross, Trossard, March; Maupay.

Managers' Comments

Brighton boss Potter had high praise for his opponents and claimed that Leicester are where they are in the table for a reason.

Speaking to TheArgus.co.uk Potter said: "They are very good, very organised, a very powerful side.

"Great experience plus some younger players with not just potential but who can affect the top end of the Premier League at the moment. They are third on merit. They can attack you in a lot of ways and are defensively really strong."

Leicester manager Rodgers meanwhile spoke about his side's push for Champions League qualification and how he and his players are both focused on the target in sight.

He said: “It’s one where we know what our objective is. We’re going to give everything we can to finish there.

"We’ve proven that when we play well, in the main, we will win games. You always look ahead of you. We’re working on getting better."

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