Swansea City Predicted XI vs. Leicester City:  How can Guidolin tame the foxes?

Following a drubbing at the hands of Newcastle, will Francisco Guidolin change the lineup against top class Leicester City?

Swansea City Predicted XI vs. Leicester City:  How can Guidolin tame the foxes?
Ashley Williams and Riyad Mahrez share a word | Source: Getty Images

After an unconvincing performance against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, the Swans will look to take a point or all three against top team Leicester City

The previous fixture was not so convincing, as the Swans got beat 3-0 at home with the match ball going to Riyad Mahrez for his hat trick.  Hopefully this time around Swansea City will pressure the Wes Morgan-led defense and stop a feverish attack that will be missing talisman Jamie Vardy, who accepted a charge from the FA earlier this week. 

How will the Swans line up in a game that can save Swansea from the drop entirely or push Leicester that much more ahead of Spurs?

A shift in defense

GK: Lukasz Fabianski

RB: Kyle Naughton

CB: Ashley Williams ©

CB: Federico Fernandez

LB: Stephen Kingsley

The defense was the weakest point of the Swansea XI last go round in Newcastle.  Chalk it up to desire or just bad play, but the Swans defense should rebound on Sunday. 

Fabianski was strong in net despite the score line. Ashley Williams should continue his play as the rock of defense, while Fernandez can bully Leonardo Ulloa or Shinji Okazaki, whoever gets the start. 

Young Stephen Kingsley was brilliant in his previous two fixtures but will take a tough match-up against Riyad Mahrez, who burnt Neil Taylor all game long in December.  Kyle Naughton gets the start over Angel Rangel to sturdy up the defense.

Maintain in midfield

CM: Jack Cork

CM: Leroy Fer

CAM: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The midfield has been the saving grace of Swansea in the return to excellent football.  Don’t let a one-game slide tell you otherwise, these three have been stalwarts in the lineup since Swansea began its run in form. 

Cork is an above-average general directing from the back and will look to stay on the Swansea half for most of the game.  Fer has passed brilliantly in recent weeks, but the Dutch international needs to lace up his shooting boots for Sunday. 

And what hasn’t been said about the form of the Iceman in recent weeks. Sigurdsson is setting himself up for a nice pay raise over the summer if he can continue being the catalyst for Swansea.

Paloschi in action against Newcastle last time out. (Picture: Getty Images)
The two teams in action the last time they met. (Picture: Getty Images)

Out front and in charge

LW: Wayne Routledge

RW: Andre Ayew

ST: Alberto Paloschi

While Jefferson Montero has been a revelation in the past three weeks, I expect Routledge to start to help bolster the defense.  Wayne is a physical winger who finds himself helping on defence more often than not and the fixture against Leicester doesn’t seem any different for him. 

Ayew hasn’t found the back on the net in a serious run of games now, but the Ghana winger doesn’t seem phased.  He continues to move well on the attack and make runs into the box, it’s only a matter of time until the ball finds its way into the top corner.  The same for Paloschi, whose effort is prolific but he can’t seem to get a good ball on that rifle of a left leg.