Leicester City will host Fulham on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers takes charge of the Foxes at home for the first time.
Rodgers’ first game as City boss ended in a frustrating defeat as a late Andre Gray goal gave Watford the win at Vicarage Road last weekend. Leicester had dominated possession through most of the match and looked in control, but a lack of ideas in the final third and two lapses of concentration at the back is what cost them.
The new manager wasted no time in mixing things up, switching to a 3-4-3 formation and reintroducing captain Wes Morgan.
Rodgers’ said afterwards that the switch was tactical to counter the two striker formation Watford deploy, so it remains to be seen if it will be his go-to formation or if Leicester will revert to four at the back.
Leicester will be welcoming a Fulham side who sit 10 points from safety in the relegation zone. The Cottagers parted company with Leicester’s Premier League title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri last week, with Scott Parker taking control of the team for now. Fulham looked improved last weekend against Chelsea, but Leicester will be expecting three points here and Rodgers’ first win.
Here’s how we think Leicester will line-up:
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
The Foxes’ number one was at fault for giving the ball away leading to Watford’s winner last weekend. But Schmeichel also made some good stops and is still the best keeper in the squad.
RB: Ricardo Pereira
Pereira had a quiet game by his standards last time out. Maybe it was the change in formation that took his threat on the overlap away. But he should keep his place vs Fulham.
CB: Jonny Evans
If Rodgers decides to go back to four then it will most likely be between Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan for who gets to start alongside Maguire. Morgan looked off the pace last week and could be blamed for at least one of the goals conceded. Evans should get the start.
CB: Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire is Leicester’s number one choice at centre-back, so should be safe to start even if they revert to four at the back.
LB: Ben Chilwell
Chilwell managed to break forward a bit more than Pereira did on the opposite flank but still found it hard to get forward. The formation probably didn’t make the most of Leicester’s full-backs abilities.
CM: Wilfred Ndidi
Ndidi had a good game against Watford, winning the ball back in midfield and looked strong in possession. Should be in the starting line-up again this week but Nampalys Mendy and Hamza Choudhury are other defensive midfield options for Rodgers.
CM: Youri Tielemans
Tielemans played a great pass through to assist Vardy against Watford, he would probably be better utilised further up the pitch than in defensive midfield.
RM: Demarai Gray
It was Gray who made way for Wes Morgan to come into the side last week. It was an odd decision considering Gray had just possibly had his best game for Leicester. Gray should come back into the team this week.
CAM: James Maddison
Maddison grew into the game as it went on vs Watford, he’s a young talent that Rodgers will be keen to develop. Maddison started the game out wide in the 3-4-3 formation Leicester started with, he performs much better when played centrally and is likely to play there against Fulham.
LM: Harvey Barnes
Barnes was taken off fairly early on last week. It was probably his weakest performance since being recalled from loan at West Brom. He’s been one of Leicester brightest players in that period and with a lack of any other wide options, he should be keeping his place in the side.
ST: Jamie Vardy
Brendan Rodgers confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that Vardy is fit to play against Fulham despite having stitches in tongue following the collision with Ben Foster on Sunday.