Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Leicester City predicted line-up
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Leicester City's Harvey Barnes is challenged by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Nelson Semedo during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen White - CameraSport via Getty Images)

The long-anticipated wait for the Premier League to return finally ends for Leicester City this weekend as they look to kick off their 2021/22 season with a winning start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Foxes' competitive campaign got off to a bright start last week after a late victory over Manchester City, thanks to a Kelechi Iheanacho penalty, secured the Community Shield.

However after failing to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League last season for a second year in a row last season, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that it will be third time lucky and they can go one step further to finish in the top four.

With three new signings and an imminent fourth arrival to come to the King Power Stadium, VAVEL takes a look at just the East Midlanders could line up against Bruno Lage's Wolves.

Goalkeeper

Unless there are any late injury concerns, it will be near-enough guaranteed that Kasper Schmeichel starts for the Foxes.

Now the club's official captain following Wes Morgan's retirement, the seasoned veteran will be vital to Leicester's European hopes with his sharp reactions and excellent leadership skills from the back of the pitch. 

As a fan favourite in the team too, Schmeichel thrives off a crowd and will no doubt look to step up to the occasion once again.

Defence

Ricardo Pereira has looked back to his best at times during pre-season and is the mostly likely candidate to start in the right-back position as Leicester will ideally set-up as a back four.

Meanwhile, in the centre-back position, Leicester are currently light on numbers with first-choice defenders Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans out injured, however the Foxes are expected to sign Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton but his availability will depend on whether he has been registered in time.

In that case the pairing of Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu would be the most obvious candidates after the duo's stellar display at Wembley Stadium last weekend whilst Filip Benkovic could also be a viable option.

Ryan Bertrand warms up: Plumb Images/GettyImages

There is also a slight chance that Wilfred Ndidi could be dropped back into the centre-back position as he has previously done so, but that possibility is unlikely.

Meanwhile new summer arrival Ryan Bertrand has been a pleasant surprise to the Foxes faithful, coming out of pre-season as one of the stand-out debuts and looks set to make his official debut in the left-back slot, but Rodgers isn't short of quality in that area of the pitch, with academy graduate Luke Thomas more than reliable after showcasing his talents towards the back end of last season.

Midfield

You could argue that as far as balanced midfield trio's go, you won't find many better than Leicester's in the top flight.

With the perfect blend of tenacious defending and creative flair, it is the personnel in the middle of the park who quite often determine whether the Foxes win or lose matches.

With Ndidi acting as the enforcer of the trio, consistently winning back the ball and spring-boarding the Leicester attack, he allows his two other partners to express their freedom on the ball.

Both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison have been heavily linked with moves away from the East Midlands this summer, however both are happy at current time and will both be two of the first names on the team sheet on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester do also have strong options to call upon off the bench if required. Boubakary Soumare has earned rave reviews since joining from Lille whilst local boy Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will finally get his chance to shine in the Premier League after excelling on loan at Luton Town and Blackpool in previous years.

Attack

His absence at the end of last season was a big blow to the Foxes, but now with a fit and refreshed Harvey Barnes means danger to any opposition defender.

With his direct style of play, preferring to drive past defenders with his blistering pace before unleashing an effort on goal, the 24-year-old could be set for a very exciting year if he can continue to pick up where he left off.

On the other attacking flank Ayoze Perez is an individual who draws mixed opinions from the Leicester fanbase, but with Leicester still in the market from a right winger, the Spaniard is expected to start.

Perez has shown glimpses of quality during his time in the East Midlands before and after a disappointing goal return of just three in all competitions, will want to start this one off in a more positive manner.

Finally, leading the line will be none other than Jamie Vardy. Everybody knows what the striker has to offer. A strong turn of pace, a keen eye for goal and a work rate that is unmatched.

The second half of last season though saw Vardy begin to slow down with some questions being asked if he still had it in him to perform at the very top.

Brendan Rodgers talking with Patson Daka: Plumb Images/Getty Images

At the age of 34, Vardy isn't getting any younger and with two exciting strikers in Patson Daka and last year's top scorer Iheanacho waiting in the wings, Vardy could find his spot in trouble. 

However, with it being the first game of the season, it's hard to see either start over the Leicester talisman straight away.

 

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