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Leicester - Bournemouth, fun facts, key stats, backpass and match preview



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.

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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 Andrews.

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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 Members Cup.

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 2014.


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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, Chilwell, Diabate

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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