Thursday, October 28

Leicester City-Fulham Preview – Sports Illustrated


Brendan Rodgers could have an even more limited squad to choose from against Fulham on Wednesday, although Jamie Vardy is close to returning for Leicester City.

Leicester suffered an injury to star forward Vardy last month, while midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Dennis Praet also suffered blows.

Timothy Castagne is the last to sustain a problem, while Wesley Fofana has a problem to deal with before the Fulham game.

But Rodgers is satisfied with the way his team is struggling through a difficult season, and although Vardy will not play Fulham, Leicester is “hopeful” for his return “towards the weekend.”

“If you look at how compact the games are, how intense they are, I think the players have been incredible in terms of intensity in the games,” Rodgers said.

“It is something that we will have to face this season.”

On the notable absences of Vardy and Ndidi, the coach added: “Every time those players have not played, we have had another way of playing as such.

“Naturally, when you have a player like Jamie who doesn’t play, it’s hard to replicate that.

“What he does in the back row is irreplaceable. The other players don’t have that profile, so naturally we change.”

Leicester lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United on Sunday, but it was also a damaging weekend for Fulham’s next rival.

They salvaged a draw against relegation rivals West Brom, but Scott Parker felt it “should have been 3-0 or 4-0 at halftime” as Fulham failed to make the most of their dominance.

Parker said: “There are 18 games left and there is still a long way to go. There have been a lot of strange results and this is a team going in the right direction.”

PLAYERS TO SEE

Fulham – Bobby De Cordova-Reid

If Fulham want to climb without relegation problems, De Cordova-Reid’s goal threat from the right will be key. He has scored seven goals in 22 games in all competitions this season, one more than he scored in 46 games in 2019-20. Only in 2017-18 with Bristol City (21 goals) has he scored more in a single season.

Leicester City – Youri Tielemans

Leicester have injury problems in midfield, but they can still rely on Tielemans. The Belgian international has been directly involved in at least one goal in the Foxes’ four away games in all competitions in 2021, scoring three goals and assisting one.

OPTA KEY FACTS

– Fulham have lost just one of their seven Premier League meetings with Leicester (W3 D3), falling 3-1 at King Power Stadium in March 2019.

– Leicester have not won any of their last five road games against Fulham in all competitions (two draws and three losses) since a 1-0 victory in the second division in April 1983.

– Fulham have won just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (three draws and seven losses), and that win came against teammates West Brom in November (2-0).

– Only Manchester United have earned more points away from home in the Premier League this season than Leicester (23), with the Foxes losing just one of their 10 away games so far (G7 D2).

– Leicester are undefeated in their last seven away games in all competitions (W5 D2); the last time they had a longer streak was between April and December 2015 (14 games).




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