This Saturday sees Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side travel to the East Midlands to face-off against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
The visitors will face a stern test in the hosts, as Bournemouth have found the King Power to be a difficult place to come to, having never won at Leicester since arriving in the Premier League.
Bournemouth have had a steady start to the season, drawing and winning against two newly promoted sides Sheffield United and Aston Villa. Despite a 3-1 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City, Bournemouth encapsulated Eddie Howe’s philosophy of attacking football and were aggressive, but were undone by the sheer class of the champions.
Leicester are currently undefeated in the Premier League, beating Sheffield United and drawing with Wolves and Chelsea. Leicester have been impressive so far this season. Most notably, their defence has been solid, only conceding twice so far. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for back to back wins this Saturday.
We take a look at a combined eleven for Leicester and Bournemouth. The formation will be an attacking 3-5-2 with wing-backs. This attacking formation suits Howe’s attacking style of play and Rodgers’ creative philosophy.
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
A class goalkeeper and has been a stalwart for Leicester over the years. Definitely the first name on the Leicester team sheet every week and shows why with his acrobatic goalkeeping and commanding presence.
CB: Caglar Söyüncü
Featured a few times for Leicester last season when he signed from Freiburg, but looked nervous. This season, the young Turkish centre-half has hit the ground running and has not been fazed by having to fill in for Harry Maguire. Strong, good in the air and with the ball at his feet, Söyüncü has seemed to settle in the Premier League.
CB: Nathan Aké
The Dutch centre-half has been a revelation for Bournemouth since joining from Chelsea and his valuation of £75 million shows that Bournemouth are not prepared to let him go. Quick, young and good on the ball, Aké is the complete modern centre-back.
CB: Jonny Evans
The three-time Premier League winner provides experience and strength at the back. A leader of men, the 31-year-old has a cool head on his shoulders and defensive knowledge in abundance.
RWB: Ricardo Pereira
An exciting and dynamic defender, Pereira offers a much more attacking style of play down the right flank. A right back by name, Pereira has enjoyed stints playing right wing at times so is no stranger with the ball in the opposition half. For this reason, he makes a perfect right wing-back.
LWB: Ryan Fraser
One of the best left sided midfielders in the Premier League, Ryan Fraser is criminally underrated. Quick, direct and agile, he is a nightmare for defenders and was crucial for Bournemouth last season. Although he has not found last season’s form, he is one to look out for.
CM: Youri Tielemans
Dubbed to be one of Europe’s future best midfielders whilst he was at Anderlecht, the 22 year old Belgian has been pure quality for the Foxes. Relaxed on the ball and with an eye for a pass, Tielemans controls the ball in the centre of the pitch and emanates class.
CM: Jefferson Lerma
Sorry, no Wilfred N’didi as he is currently out of action due to a hamstring injury. If he was fully fit, he would walk into this team. However, Bournemouth’s Lerma is a suitable replacement. Strong and aggressive, the Colombian is constantly hunting the ball and wanting to move the play forward.
CAM: James Maddison
An easy pick to play behind the strikers. Maddison has come to be one of the most confident players in the Premier League, constantly amazing spectators with free kicks and tantalizing through balls. A player with mass amounts of flair and bags of potential, Maddison has set the Premier League alight.
ST: Jamie Vardy
Quick and ruthless, Vardy is a clinical striker who if given half a chance will find the net, complemented with a very impressive scoring record since joining Leicester. In addition, as seen last week at Bramall Lane, Vardy is aggressive and likes to agitate the opposition; just ask a Sheffield United fan in the Kop Stand!
ST: Callum Wilson
To complete this pacey attack, Wilson joins up top. Quick and strong, Wilson is a handful for any defender, but also his intelligence of timing his runs to get in behind adds to his repertoire. A very successful season last year with 14 goals, Wilson looks to carry that momentum to this season.