Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side dropped points for the first time since 28th of December on Wednesday night, although a draw against an in-form Everton side isn’t one to dwell on. Leicester will be hoping to get back to a winning mentality on the weekend.
The Foxes seem to be settled with the formation of 4-2-3-1 having seen it work well for Rodgers and it’s likely he will stick with it for the game.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will make yet another appearance in the side, being Leicester’s number one keeper at the club.
A back four of Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, and James Justin is expected. Despite Evans having to come off in the 77th minute with blurred vision in one eye, Rodgers has said “we think he’ll be ok”.
Sitting in front of the back line is likely to be Youri Tielemans and Nampalys Mendy with James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton just ahead of the midfield pair. Wilfred Ndidi was forced off on the brink of half time against Everton, Rodgers has confirmed “he’s got a slight tear in his hamstring. It’s looking for a week to 10 days."
It looked like Ndidi was getting back into his groove after suffering from an injury earlier on in the season but Mendy stepped up to the job before and he should be an able deputy once again. It’s expected to be unchanged wingers in Barnes and Albrighton and behind the striker in-form Maddison.
With Jamie Vardy being out for a few weeks, Leicester have the option of playing either Ayoze Perez or Kelechi Iheanacho upfront. Perez has played in the past two matches and it’s likely for him to start in the goal scoring role once more.
Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Mendy, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Perez.
Leeds got back to winning ways on Tuesday evening beating Newcastle United. Marcelo Bielsa has been unable to get back to back wins since the 29th of December and could change that record this weekend.
Leeds are expected to set up in their preferred 4-1-4-1 formation, they’ve played the shape in their last four Premier League matches.
In the goalkeeper position, it’s expect it to be Illan Meslier. He’s played the majority of the games for Leeds United in the shot stopping role.
A back four of Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, and Ezgjan Alioski are expected. Diego Llorente's injury return did not go to plan, leaving the field inside 10 minutes of Leeds' win against Newcastle. This may well force Marcelo Bielsa to go with a shuffled back four for the game against the Foxes. Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi will play no part in the game with long-term injuries.
Sitting in front of the defence is expected to be Kalvin Phillips. Ahead of the English holding midfielder is likely to be Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo. On the flanks Jack Harrison is expected to take the left-hand side role while Raphina could take position on the right-hand side. Adam Forshaw will remain out injured, as he has been since September 2019.
To take place in the striker role is expected to be Patrick Bamford. The Leeds United striker has been their highest goal scorer this season, finding the back of the net a total of 10 times in the league.
Predicted XI: Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Raphina, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.
Leicester will be more confident going into this tie after being unbeaten in the new year. Leeds will be looking to increase their points on the board but it will be tricky for them facing a tough Leicester side.
In this game, Leicester may just have that little more quality to get the three points.