Leicester City will go to The Hawthorns with hope of getting something from the affair, but to play a new promoted side away in the first game of the season might be a difficult act. Another factor is that the Leicester City team are missing some key players for the clash.Embed from Getty Images
A difficult situation to be in with so many key players out, but hopefully it will be enough quality to either win the game or at least manage a draw. A defeat tomorrow would be difficult to accept and not really the best of starts, but with what we experienced at the end of last season it could happen.
Brendan Rodgers needs to find a balance and a system that will suit him and also play the players that can keep the midfield area in shape, something that is vital and the most important in a game that you should be superior in.
The LCFC Line-Up
We would like to see Leicester City in a 4-3-3 system, why change something that works so well. Hopefully Brendan Rodgers will stick to that and not juggle his backline. He chopped and changed it in pre-season as well. This doesn’t have anything to do with if you like to play with three or four, but how you have prepare your players on it and not believe that other teams will not punish you if you are not 100% drilled in your defensive set up.Embed from Getty Images
But it’s difficult to know what this man will do as he tends to like to be unpredictable and most times it doesn’t really work as Leicester City lose points with that type of strategy, it’s sad and a riddle really why such an experienced manager makes these types of decisions.
We know the following from the press conference. Filip Benkovic, Ricardo Pereira, Christian Fuchs and Jonny Evans are definitely out. James Maddison and Wes Morgan looks also certain to miss the action, though they are both back in training. This leaves a massive gap in the back and it’s a lot of different approaches to choose from. If you look at the set-up against Blackburn Rovers, Rodgers played Wilfred Ndidi in the back four, reducing the power in the midfield heavily as the team never managed to get that momentum in midfield you need to win football games.
There would be no problem to play Ndidi in the back-four, but he is a player Leicester City in 100 of 100 games in the Premier League needs in midfield, so no, don’t go for that. We would go for the new man Timothy Castagne to the right, Caglar Soyuncu and James Justin in the middle and Luke Thomas to the left. They would be TCF’s four starters in the back. You also have Daniel Amartey, but it looks a bit too early, but we have found a place on the bench for him.
The goalkeeper position is no discussion, with Kasper Schmeichel the certain starter, though his massive mistakes against Bournemouth and Man Utd are in mind and we cannot afford many of those again before Danny Ward is one to look at, but for now, Kasper in goal.Embed from Getty Images
In the midfield area you have then a certain two in Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi, but that third position is a big question and a battle between four players, Dennis Praet, Nampalys Mendy, Hamza Choudhury and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Looking at the pre-season games you would probably have started Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, but West Bromwich Albion away, in an opener against a newly promoted team, we believe Hamza Choudhury would be the player to choose. Hard tackling, good defensively and with a better area coverage ratio than Nampalys Mendy. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Dennis Praet are more offensive orientated players and difficult to see them starting.
Up front Jamie Vardy is a certain starter, Marc Albrighton looks in good form and Harvey Barnes might nick that lats position in front of Kelechie Iheanacho, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez who are the other alternatives.
We have then the following team to start with at The Hawthorns,
Schmeichel – Castagne, Justin, Souyuncu, Thomas – Ndidi, Tielemans, Choudhury – Albrighton, Vardy, Barnes – Subs: Ward – Perez, Iheanacho, Gray, Praet, Dewsbury-Hall, Amartey
We have been playing West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League for a number of seasons and the last game was fantastic, being present at The Hawthorns seeing goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Riyad Mahrez, Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy just hammered in the net was fantastic, a copy of that performance would be something to hope for, but probably too much.Embed from Getty Images
4-1 win away in March 2018, was one to remember. In that special 2015/16 campaign it was s draw at home and a win away.
The first ever game registered between the two clubs was as far back as 1901, and during those great years of Frank Worthington at Leicester City, he scored all three in December 1972, Leicester City winning 3-1.
The Opponent, special three
In our 3 v 3 we are looking at the following specials,
1. Brendan Rodgers v. Slaven Bilic
An easy decision would have not changed our Brendan Rodgers with Slaven Bilic, never. Bilic is a good manager but compared to Brendan he might not be that ideal if you like to play the perfect game, but with that in mind, on a day like tomorrow Bilic could tactically win the battle tomorrow.
2. Jamie Vardy v. Charlie Austin
Harry Kane might be the only forward in the Premier League that might be an inch better than Jamie to lead the line up front, and compared to Charlie Austin it would not be a competition over 38 games in a season, but Austin on his best day is one to fear as he can also score goals of great importance.
3. Tony Brown v. Gary Lineker
Tony Brown had a special life at West Bromwich Albion being part of the club for such a long period of time and really cementing his place in The Baggies team under a number of different managers and being part of several good teams at The Hawthorns in different eras. Gary Lineker left Leicester City at his best, just a few months after breaking into the England team and from Everton via Barcelona to Tottenham really becoming a World star, but would rather see him lift Leicester City to new heights instead of leaving the club who then struggled and got relegated.
The result is a difficult one, but we do believe that if Brendan Rodgers decides to pick the line-up we suggested and could if possible include James Maddison at least on the bench, it would be a winner to count, we still believe that this team should and will defeat West Bromwich Albion