After a week like this, who are really bothering about football. The game away to Cardiff will be special for one reason only, but let’s hope that everyone has the energy to go out and perform the way Vichai would have liked.
Claude Puel can be a bit proud after the game v. West Ham, really putting pressure on The Hammers, but unfortunately not able to score the two goals needed to win this home game, but at least managing a point from that Ndidi goal. The home form has lately been poor, with two defeats and a draw in the last three.
Cardiff, newly promoted and with Neil Warnock in charge, an old and cunning fox, who can of course make it difficult for Leicester at home. Results have not been good, but their recent 4-2 home win v. Fulham, tells a story of a team that can be difficult to play.
Leicester will be able to field a strong side and believing that Jamie Vardy will be back in the first team, also thinking that Demarai Gray and Nampalys Mendy will get a chance to play. Ghezzal and Iheanacho will probably lose their place, so will Vicente Iborra.
But as we have seen in the past Claude Puel can surprise everyone when it comes to team selections but good to see that he gave Caglar Soyuncu his debut, a debut that shows enough to believe that Soyuncu will be a good player in Premier League.
A number of Cardiff players will miss the game, Arter, Peltier, Ralls and Meindez-Lang are all out. Leicester will of course be without Amartey, and long term injured Matty James. Wes Morgan is back in contention again, after serving his ban.
So who are Cardiff City and who should Leicester look out for. Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid are two players who are interesting, both new signings this season, coming in from Norwich and Bristol City. Callum Paterson, a Scottish defender is also one that would be interesting to watch.
There will be a number of foxes on the roads to Cardiff, drive carefully, take care, keep the spirit high and stand behind your men, always. This could be a way to really find a good path forward, give your support, do the owner proud.
Cardiff City is a team from Wales, but in their first team squad you will only find one from their own nation, defender Jazz Richards. The 27 year old former Swansea and Fulham player is a lonely “dragon” among a united nations of players.
Leicester are currently 12 in the table, Cardiff City just above the relegation positions at 17. A win for Leicester could close the gap a bit and also make a possible climb possible.
Lee Probert, is the one with the whistle
Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 21.12.12, 0-1, Defeat, League Championship
Away: 12.03.13, 1-1, Draw, League Championship
Our prediction is a 1-0 win to Leicester
Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Maguire, Coyuncu, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Gray, Albrighton – Maddison – Vardy
Kasper Schmeichel played for Cardiff City against Leicester City at King Power Stadium, keeping a clean sheet, that was back in November 2007, in the Championship, the game ended 0-0.
In Both Camps,
Kasper is one player with games for both clubs, so are Danny Drinkwater, who also spent time on loan at Cardiff and later as we all know made the most out of his move to Leicester. There are players at Cardiff today also who have played for Leicester, Greg Cunningham, Sol Bamba and Lee Peltier are all previous foxes. Peter Rodrigues, Willie Carlin and John Farrington are others, so are Keith Robson, Paul Ramsey, Carl Muggleton and Mark Grew
The big duel,
Maddison v. Reid, the two creative midfielders will be key players for their teams and the one of them that gets the edge will be in the winning team