Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
The Foxes will get the ball rolling with their home Premier League campaign this Saturday afternoon as the Seagulls visit Leicester for their first taste of traveling away from home in England’s top-flight.
After Leicester’s disappointing defeat at the Emirates last Friday night, in a thrilling encounter to welcome in the 25th year of the Premier League, they will be looking to get three points on the board.
Yet, the traveling party will have something to say about this and after a sturdy opener against title favourites, Manchester City, Brighton will be confident they can get something out of their first ever away fixture in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton confirmed earlier this week that Chelsea loanee, Izzy Brown has returned to his parent club for treatment. Alongside Izzy, Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal are the only notable absentees for Hughton’s men.
Glenn Murray will be looking to gain a recall into the starting XI and could be a major threat to the foxes’ defence, who leaked four goals against Arsenal last week. With 23 goals in all competitions last season, Murray will surely be leading the line at the King Power.
Another hopeful for a recall is last year’s Championship player of the year, Anthony Knockaert. He could be set to face his old club at the King Power, and will be one to watch as he looks to show why Leicester City never should have released him back in 2015.
With Knockaert and Lewis Dunk both signing new five-year contracts yesterday and Shane Duffy putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal, all three players will be hoping for a satisfying display at the King Power.
With regards to Shakespeare’s men, they will be hopeful of pleasing what’s sure to be a sell-out crowd at the King Power come Saturday. With want-away man Riyad Mahrez increasingly looking likely to remain at the King Power, he will be looking to put in a performance to catch the eye of top Premier League teams, as he hopes for a last minute get-away from the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
Danny Drinkwater will be hopeful to return to the match day XI. Although his replacement, Matty James, put in an exceptional shift at the Emirates last Friday night, leaving Shakespeare with a selection dilemma in the centre.
After playing 60 minutes with the U23’s mid-week, defender Robert Huth will also be hopeful to be recalled, yet it would be a surprise after the performance of Harry Maguire last week. Vicente Iborra is still side-lined with a groin problem.
Jamie Vardy will be looking to build on his blistering start against Arsenal and will undoubtedly be a nightmare for Brighton’s defensive line, especially keeper Mat Ryan and centre halves, Duffy and Dunk, who all put in a solid shift during the opening weekend.
Written by Eamon Kitching.