Leicester City will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result on the weekend when they travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on Wednesday night.
The Foxes’ nine-game unbeaten run came to an end as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Leeds United and hope to keep up the pressure on the top teams in their quest for Champions League football next season.
Coincidentally, Fulham’s last league victory was at the King Power Stadium in the reverse fixture as goals from Ademola Lookman and Ivan Caveleiro sealed a 2-1 win for the Cottagers.
Although they have gone 10 matches without a top-flight victory, Scott Parker’s side have picked up seven draws in the process and will provide Leicester with a tough test in west London.
Need to be wary of Fulham’s pace
When the teams met in November, the Whites executed their game plan to perfection and exploited Leicester’s weaknesses. Fulham set up to play on the counter-attack with Bobby Decordova-Reid, Caveleiro and Lookman aiming to run in behind and they caused the Foxes problems. The high line in which Leicester adopted allowed the forward players to have space to go into.
Christian Fuchs started on the left of a back three and he was susceptible on the break and it’s something the Foxes will need to try and fix. With Wesley Fofana a doubt through a knock, it will be interesting to see what Brendan Rodgers does at centre back to stop the pace the Cottagers utilise. Caglar Soyuncu could slot into that role with his added mobility and ability to read the danger.
However, in Timothy Castagne’s absence, it’s likely that Ricardo Pereira will come back into the side. His experience to keep pacey duo Lookman and Antonee Robinson quiet is sure to important if Leicester are to keep the hosts out.
Breaking down the low block
It was a frustrating night for the Foxes the last time they met, and much of that was down to the Whites' defensive organisation to stop spaces opening up in between the lines. Leicester had 68% possession on Filbert Way, which is the highest they have had in a game without going onto win so far this season. They lacked guile and quality on the ball to break a stubborn Fulham side down and a lot of that was down to the final product being off.
Although Leicester managed to take 16 shots, just three of those were on target and Rodgers chose to start with attacking full-backs and no natural wingers. This played into Fulham’s hands as the Foxes were forced to try and create opportunities more centrally, but Frank Zambo Anguissa in particular marshalled that really well.
City will look to be better and more adept in conjuring up chances to try and score the first goal, which has been vital in the outcome of their matches. Harvey Barnes, who was dropped for the fixture earlier in the campaign, can give them an extra dimension to attack and will be full of confidence after scoring against Leeds.
Although he provided an assist to Barnes’ strike, James Maddison will need to have a better final pass if they can get through that low block which Fulham will no doubt start with. It’s poised to be tough test for the Foxes but they need to learn from where they went wrong against their opponents who will be hoping to replicate a perfect performance once again.