The final Premier League game before Christmas sees Leicester City host Manchester United on Saturday evening.
We are looking to bounce back from our shock EFL Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City on Wednesday whilst Leicester themselves are returning from a penalty shootout exit to Manchester City in the same competition, 24 hours before us.
Leicester had been in excellent form under Claude Puel prior to last weekend’s shock 0-3 thrashing at home by Crystal Palace and start the weekend in eighth position.
Here is the team I think we’ll be facing on Saturday:
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel
Son of the Premier League’s greatest-ever goalkeeper and with more Premier League winners’ medals than Liverpool, Kasper Schmeichel will be opposing us on Saturday. The Danish international is one of the best goalkeepers in the division.
Defence: Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell
Former-United right-back Danny Simpson should be in for a tough evening against either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial down the wing. Harry Maguire has become an England international at Leicester and kept Gabriel Jesus quiet midweek. Ben Chilwell got in good positions down the left wing on Tuesday but played some horrible through balls and crosses when he should have found a teammate. Our right winger will need to keep an eye on the young Englishman.
Midfield: Marc Albrighton, Wilfried Ndidi, Vicente Iborra, Demarai Gray
Demarai Gray somehow avoided punishment from the FA for the most obvious dive of the season so far during Leicester’s EFL Cup tie against Manchester City. The youngster is therefore available to start down the left against us. In the centre of midfield Wilfried Ndidi is a tackling machine which could make for an entertaining matchup against Paul Pogba. Marc Albrighton is a regular in the first team this season.
Attack: Riyad Mahrez; Jamie Vardy
These two came off the bench on Tuesday to miss the two penalties in the shootout that cost Leicester a chance to progress to the semi-finals of this season’s EFL Cup. Riyad Mahrez is a livewire in attack and is in fine form. We’ll need to keep a close eye on the Algerian who is seemingly playing for a January move. Jamie Vardy has scored against us in the past and is a nuisance to defenders though his goalscoring record this season isn’t very good.
Here’s the Leicester team on paper: