Leicester - Bournemouth, fun facts, key stats, backpass and match preview
DATE: 02.03.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG
City are up against one of the really
great fairy stories of english football this Saturday. Bournemouth
is a great example for many to follow, and it all comes down to a
few keys of importance
Ownership and management is of course very
important if you want to achieve and get results as a football club.
Eddie Howe and owner Maxim Demin are two key persons at Bournemouth,
without them it would have probably been a different story.
Bournemouth, currently 11th in Premier League, has a very united
and talented squad of players, all of them working hard as a unit
without the star names to chose from. Some of their players are of
course in the days of time signed for heavy fees from other clubs.
Jordon Ibe and Nathan Ake, signed from Liverpool and Chelsea
were both coming in for for big fees, £ 15 million (Ibe), £ 20
million (Ake), so it's not just players signed for peanuts in the
squad at Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe also have a number of experienced
men to chose from, with
Jermain Defoe of course one that always will be looked up on as
the star name at the club at the moment. The former West Ham and
Tottenham forward is one to honour.
If we go back in time to look for former players who have both
played for Leicester City and Bournemouth,
names such as Max Gradel, Franck Rolling and David Webb occure,
others are Steve Claridge, Derek Dawkins, Tony Sealy and Ian
Rolling was signed by Leicester from Ayr,
and then moved on to Bournemouth a few season later. This was back
in the mid 90's and the defender helped Bournemouth secure a final
at Wembley, scoring two goals in the semi-final of the Associated
Tony Pulis and Harry Redknapp both experienced the thrill of being
players and managers for The Cherries. They both learned their trade
at Dean Court before they stepped in to greater life in management
being hired by other Premier League clubs.
City have in the past played Bournemouth often, since both clubs
have been up in the best party for a few seasons now, and so far
it's been a difficult path for Leicester, never been able to secure
a win against Eddie Howe and his men.
At the level below it's been a different story with four wins for
City in the last four games, taking place in 1989, 1990, 2013 and
Leicester are the favourites in this game, and after being held to a
draw at home to Swansea and Stoke, this game is a must win for
Claude Puel and hopefully he will field a team that can do that, and
not making any errors in his team selection.
To see a offensive City team in a 4-4-2 formation is what TCF would
prefer, and that would be a team without Chilwell, Gray and James
from start, and instead giving Iheanacho, Fuchs and Iborra a place
in the starting line-up.
We would like to see the following line-up, Schmeichel - Simpson,
Fuchs, Morgan, Maguire - Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez -
Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Jakupovic, Dragovic, Gray, Silva, Benalouane,
We have not missed James, but believe he is not the player for this
game, and should be given a "pause", but Puel as Shakespeare seems
to fancy James and that is of course, ok, but would like to see the
players picked involved.
Amartey and Hamer are probably also available, with Okazaki still
doubtfull for the game. Robert Huth is also one player to recognise,
but it looks as if he will not be involved, not yet.
We certainly hope that Puel will be able to keep the momentum and
start winning games with Leicester again and get a solid grip on
that 7th position, which at the moment is in the hands of Burnley,
one point in front.
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