|Leicester will have to concentrate for more than 90mins to earn anything at home against the champions when they meet on Saturday in the lunchtime kickoff. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Leicester City vs Manchester CityKing Power Stadium12:30pm
Millions of Fantasy Premier League managers are sweating more than the actual manager of Manchester City over the fitness of Erling Haaland following his halftime removal in midweek against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Haaland is the darling of every serious FPL manager and it’s a big concern to sweat over his fitness. Everyone, including yours truly would rather hope Pep Guardiola is on some mind-game adventure with Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers and the King Power fans.
Leicester is gradually coming out of the woods. From starring relegation in the eyes to keeping successive clean sheets in big wins, the Foxes are now on their way up the ladder much to the delight of their fans and the neutrals that fell in love with them after 2015.
17th and just two points above the drop zone aren’t enviable at this stage of the season of course except it’s on the final day of the season but the signs are there that it’s only upward and forward for Leicester from where they currently are.
Playing the champions is never a dream for any football club, while they’re not on top of the log, no one wants to play them regardless but clubs can be glad that they only play them once on either side of the league season. That’s some respite.
The Cityzens must be clinical, they go top if they beat Leicester but the Foxes have some interesting results to look at for inspiration. Leicester can win this and jumpstart their own season too, no one will overlook a team that beats the champions.
How will they line up? Leicester can welcome Johnny Evans from his knock and some selection headaches could set in for Rodgers on who to start up front. Jamie Vardy has a great record against the champions but his form has dipped and either Patson Daka or Senior Man Kelz could be called to start.
If Haaland does start, bank on him to get a goal and if he doesn’t, I wish all the managers that have captained him all the best with their respective vice captains. Keep an eye on Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva, this is a game for them to flourish.