The last game of the season this Sunday and what a game it could turn out to be. A win will secure a place in the Champions League for Leicester City, a draw could also give that final spot if Chelsea see defeat at home to Wolves. Manchester United will be safe with a draw and that might be the sleeping pill that could be enough to give Leicester City the advantage.
We of course know the injury situation at Leicester City and the fact that Caglar Soyuncu also is missing the game with his suspension, makes it difficult for Brendan Rodgers who only have Jonny Evans available among the players that used to be a settled back four for most of the season.
Wes Morgan is back as captain and also playing a vital part in his tall presence, but will he have the qualities needed to keep up with players such as Rashford, Martial and Greenwood, hardly, sad to say but it looks a difficult task for the proven and experienced defender.
Man Utd must also be said to have the upper hand when it comes to options in midfield, though Leicester City probably will be up to the standards with Ndidi and Tielemans both available. Jamie Vardy will of course be a treath against any defense in football and Man Utd will also struggle with him chasing the PL top goalscoring title.
The LCFC Line-Up
So how will Brendan Rodgers play against Man Utd who is said, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to go for all three points and attack from start. To go out in 3-4-3 again would be difficult to understand and we would like him to return to a flat 4-3-3.
Hamza Choudhury would be in TCF’s line-up against any of the top teams as that will give the midfield more defensive qualities and play the England U.21 international alongside Wilfred Ndidi with Youri Tielemans the third player with three men in that area.
TCF would have liked Danny Ward to get the games that was left of the season after that Bournemouth game but as we thought, Kasper Schmeichel was not changed by Rodgers and he should just stick with the Dane for the final game of the season.
The four in the back is easy, James Justin to the right, Luke Thomas to the left, Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans in the middle. Ryan Bennett might be an alternative, but would settle with that back four.
Up front Marc Albrighton, if fit, doing a late fitness test, would be in alongside Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy. But if Albrighton isn’t 100% then Harvey Barnes or Demarai Gray would be the alternatives.
From the past events we have to go back almost six years to find the last Leicester City win, at home in that fantastic 5-3 battering and Jamie Vardy being electric that evening.
A few draws and some defeats are the facit from the games, with a number of good performances from Leicester City without getting much out of the events.
Going back you have a number of great games with the most memorable being the FA Cup final in 1963, sadly won by Manchester United.
3 v 3
In our 3 v 3 we are looking at the following specials,
Brendan Rodgers v. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Would chose Brendan Rodgers 10 out of 10 times, he is a better coach and has the Leicester City job on merit and has shown prevously what he can do. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a solid person and a former Manchester United great, but unproven and an experiment that so far has not yet seen the success that they deserve at such a great and major club.
Harry Maguire v. Jonny Evans
Both players have represented Leicester City and Manchester United and they are former teammates at Leicester City. Evans has been excellent this season and probably the most consistant player in the LC team. Harry Maguire was a record signing for Man Utd and his age makes him a player TCF would have rated higher than Evans.
George Best v. Frank Worthington
Probably the two most “iconic” players ever to play for the two clubs and both cult heroes among fans, and a difficult choice to make, but it would be George Best as he could probably make an even bigger impact than Frank, but it’s a close race since these two type of players are some of the most fantastic to have been around.
This will be a “bet” with my heart and not my brain, but don’t care. We certainly hope that Brendan will go with hard battling Choudhury and have strong tackling ability in the middle of the field and by mirroring the Man Utd midfield trying to silence Pogba and Fernandes would be wise, Tielemans and Vardy will be deadly with unique passes and hopefully some great goals.
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Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers
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