Leicester City make the long journey north for the Premier League contest against Newcastle United on Wednesday. Here is all the latest from Filbert Way.
Winning away at London Stadium with your reserve XI – apart from Kasper Schmeichel and Jonny Evans – is remarkable. Even if West Ham United are struggling at present. Leicester City showed another reason as to why they currently deserve second spot in the top-flight.
Strength in depth is a long lauded, realistic element spurring successful for elite football clubs. Without a deep roster of quality, faltering in European competition – the Foxes hope for this ‘good dilemma’ once more in 2020/21 – is commonplace. Though, as we’ve witnessed with Wolverhampton Wanderers, anything is possible with due diligence and planning.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was vilified by some fans on social media and questioned by others – like Foxes of Leicester – before the Hammers game. Nine changes is particularly radical. However we, along with others, ate our words post-match: promptly labelling the Northern Irishman a genius, naturally.
Newcastle United v Leicester City
During the usual pre-match press conference, Rodgers updated us with some team and injury news. Jamie Vardy will play versus the Magpies on New Year’s Day. Happily Ricardo Pereira was passed fit as well.
“He [Ricardo] should be fine for Newcastle,” Rodgers said. “He just felt it a bit tight, so I didn’t take him to West Ham. I gave him a rest, but he’ll be back in and fine for Wednesday.”
Continuing the information:
“[Vardy] wouldn’t have played on Saturday anyway, he’d have been on the bench, but we let him stay at home to look after his wife and kids and he’ll be back for Newcastle.”
– Brendan Rodgers
Therefore FoL can name its speculative side, with Kasper Schmeichel along with captain Wes Morgan the only players to retain a starting role. It’s likely that Jonny Evans be given a rest.
Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan – captain – Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell; Wilfred Ndidi; Youri Tielemans, James Maddison; Ayoze Perez, Demarai Gray and Vardy.
With substitutes expected to be along the lines of: Danny Ward, James Justin – impressive in the West Ham clash – Evans, Hamza Choudhury, Dennis Praet, Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho.