Leicester will travel to Brighton for their next match in the Premier League. The Amex is not the easiest away ground to visit and Chris Hughton’s men can be a handful playing their second season in the top tier.
A number of players are out, and a few are doubtful in Puel’s squad. Harry Maguire and Daniel Amartey will both be missing. Amartey still almot four months away from action, and Maguire supposed to be back after the Brighton game. Rachid Ghezzal, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy needs late fitness tests to be sure of a trip down south.
This will probably be a problem, to have so many players either uncertain and not ready to play, but hopefully Leicester City will be as competitive as possible. We just have to wait and see who will be in the squad.
Brighton will also miss some of their best players and especially Pascal Gross is one Leicester City don’t have to worry about. Other absentees will be Propper, Button and Jahanbakhsh.
But for those who believe that the game on Saturday will be an easy win, look out for Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray who are both in great form. Dunk made his England debut v. USA, and Murray is still surprising everyone at the age of 35.
Puel is probably not scared of the opponent, but he might be ready to play a defensive game as he knows that Hughton’s men will try to go as much forward as possible and try to lead the show at home.
Puel also expressed a bit of relief that players had been out on international duty and played a number of games to get a bit of distraction away from the tragic death of owner Vichai. He hoped that everything could be about football now, going forward.
Leicester City is in need of a good run in the games coming up against Brighton, Watford and Fulham so they have collected in front of some very tough fixtures coming during the Christmas period.
Not easy to predict the line-up, but we believe that both Vardy and Maddison will be close to a first eleven, and that Puel will use the duo up front if they are fit and ready to play, seeing Iheanacho being benched.
Chris Kavanagh, the man in charge at The Amex
Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 19.08.17, 2-0, Win, Premier League
Away: 31.03.18, 2-0, Win, Premier League
Our prediction is a 1-0 win to Leicester
Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Evans, Morgan, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Gray – Maddison – Vardy
Peter Taylor was once the manager of Leicester City, and when he got sacked from the job, Leicester City went for the Brighton manager at the time, Micky Adams in a joint management role with Dave Bassett. Just a few weeks later Peter Taylor took over the job at Brighton and got them promoted.
In Both Camps,
Frank Worthington, Larry May, Graham Cross and Simon Morgan are just a group of players from the past that has been in both camps. Robbie Savage and Junior Lewis is well known for their time at Leicester, but also had loan spells at Brighton. Today we all know about Anthony Knockeart who is a favorite at The Amex at the moment.
The big duel,
Glenn Murray v. Wes Morgan, both players coming to a certain age, but still out there performing in the Premier League, who will be the winner of the duel on Saturday.