Leicester will fly out to Bangkok and Singapore for their next two pre-season friendlies, playing Spurs and Liverpool. Spurs will be first on Sunday the 23rd of July. The game against Liverpool will be played on the 30th of July, as the last game, before season starts at home to Coventry.
Leicester have so far played three games in pre-season against Peterborough (1-2), Northampton (1-0) and OH Leuven (4-2).
Liverpool played Karlsruher on the 19th of July, winning 4-2, goals from Jota 2, Gakpo and Nunez. The Reds are scheduled to play Greuter Furth on the 24th of July, before their clash with Leicester on the 30th.
Spurs are also in good preperation, despite a 3-2 loss to West Ham, playing them in Perth Australia on the 18th of July. They will play Leicester next, as we most certainly see James Maddison in their line-up. They were said to be the domenating team against The Hammers.
The news talk of Spurs is of course the ongoing contract struggles with Harry Kane, as the former Leicester “loanee” looks reluctant to sign a new deal.
Liverpool are said to be in transition with a number of players seeking other options. Jordan Henderson and James Milner are just two mature men to have left Anfield this summer. Jordan Henderson has in principal agreed to join Saudi club All-Ettifaq, with their manager Steven Gerrard of course being pivotal in the move. James Milner has joined Brighton as the two will be gone.
Premier League was the main priority for Leicester when these games were scheduled and the pre-season planned, but with the season in Championship starting a week earlier and playing these two opponents at this stage looks a bit strange, but again hopefully it will be good to get these minutes against quality opponents, but still probably not perfect as the match picture will be a bit different from Championship games next season, regarding possession and way of play.
Leicester are still not at a stage to say that the squad looks settled and fixed, and we are still waiting on a few more changes in and out, expecting both Timothy Castagne and Kelechi Iheanacho being sold, and one or two more players coming in, possibly joining on loan.
We also expect Enzo Maresca to send out one or two players on loan, with five goalkeepers and five left back alternatives on the first team books at present. The team also lack good alternatives in flank positions, as a replacement of Harvey Barnes surely is needed.
We predict the following players to be on a list of travel, for the journey to the games vs. Spurs and Liverpool,
Goalkeepers: Stolarczyk, Iversen, Ward, Hermansen
Defenders: Castagne, Justin, Thomas, Kristiansen, Pereira, Souttar, Faes, Coady, Doyle, Vestergaard
Midfield: Winks, Praet, Soumare, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Marcal-Madivadua, Choudhury, McAteer
Forwards: Iheanacho, Daka, Vardy, Albrighton
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