Leicester City vs Fulham: Fulham face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a match between two sides who have both endured frustrating seasons. English Premier League LIVE – team news and latest updates from Leicester City vs Fulham, Watch Online & more.
Leicester City vs Fulham The hosts are near the middle of the standings but riding a poor stretch of form, while the visitors remain in the red zone. Leicester City vs Fulham: Leicester City vs Fulham have had the worst form in the Premier League over the past 10 games, Fulham losing eight of their last nine.
The first home game of the Brendan Rodgers era at Leicester and, on the face of it, a great opportunity to pick up three points. Fulham have lost eight of their last nine league matches, including five in a row, and, realistically, it is a matter of when, not if, they will be relegated. Jamie Vardy is fit to start, despite requiring stitches in his tongue following the 2-1 defeat at Watford, and has another milestone in his sights – his next goal will be his 100th in Leicester colours.
Brendan Rodgers’ first home match in charge of Leicester City sees the Foxes welcome strugglers Fulham to the King Power Stadium.
The Northern Irishman lost the opening fixture of his Foxes reign as he watched his recruits go down 2-1 to Watford last Sunday. A stoppage-time Andre Gray goal snatched what would have been a respectable point from Rodgers’ grasp and left his new side sitting in 11th place in the Premier League.
It was a bitter pill for the former Celtic boss to swallow having received considerable criticism from supporters of the Scottish champions and pundits, alike. They had taken issue with the timing of his switch to the King Power and Rodgers will be desperate to prove his decision was right.
Fulham have been battling for survival all season and recent form suggests they will fall well short. They represent the perfect opportunity for Rodgers to silence his doubters having lost five on the trot.
Fulham are looking to keep their faint hopes of Premier League survival alive when they travel to Leicester on Saturday.
Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal eight days ago means their will be no emotional return to the King Power for the man who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016.
Fulham find themselves 10 points adrift of safety after his failed spell in west London but the Cottagers have least shown some signs of life under caretaker boss Scott Parker.
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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is fit to face Fulham after coming off injured against Watford.
The forward was injured in a collision with Ben Foster late on in the 2-1 defeat and suffered a cut tongue, which required stitches.
Marc Albrighton (hamstring) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) remain out for new Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, who is set to make his home bow.
Brendan Rodgers tenure at Leicester City got off to a slightly rocky start last weekend, so he could do with a result against a Fulham team who haven’t had any points for some time now. The Cottagers have changed managers as well and with just one game played under Scott Parker, it’s hard to predict exactly how they’ll look.
We’ve broken down some of the key areas and individual match ups that could decide the outcome.
Aleksandar Mitrović has more goals than his two highest scoring teammates combined, and three times as many expected goals as the next highest Fulham player. To say that he’s key to their attacking plans is somewhat of an understatement.
The Foxes back three are all big and strong enough to contend with him in the air, but will still need to be at their best to do so. When his aerial presence is nullified, Fulham have a very hard time scoring.
Even at home, you’d expect them to sit deep and look to break quickly. There’s still a little uncertainty in this new defensive system, and Morgan was caught out last week. Mitrović likes to push the boundaries, having been caught offside more than almost anyone this year, so the back line absolutely has to stay disciplined if they’re going to push up the pitch.