Leicester vs Arsenal: predicted Foxes XI and team news

Leicester City's King Power Stadium (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Leicester City versus Arsenal in the Premier League: Foxes of Leicester predict Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI after providing team news for the east Midlands side.

The Gunners have had a rather unpredictably tough month since losing 1-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup Fourth Round on January 27. But, really, the sidelining of Gabriel Jesus hit Mikel Arteta’s men the hardest: the Brazilian was instrumental in Arsenal’s ascendancy and increasingly clinical nature. While Eddie Nketiah is a strong Premier League backup striker, he is arguably only of that standard. Leading AFC takes something special.

Since getting back on track against Aston Villa, Arsenal will naturally be aiming to brush aside Leicester. Yet they won’t underestimate the Foxes. In the previous five meetings between the two, LCFC were victorious only once, meanwhile the London outfit won on four occasions.

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Predicted Foxes XI and team news: Leicester City vs Arsenal

Rodgers alerted media and adoring fans that star player James Maddison is a doubt for the upcoming match, again. Obviously I don’t want to admit it, as a City supporter myself, but Maddison is injury-prone. These matters are usually no fault of the athlete, who presumably trains and eats well. I would be more inclined to believe that ‘Madders” position, and more accurately his role, is the main reason he requires time off so regularly.

The way 26-year-old plays is to trick his combative midfielders – or defenders – and evade them. Unfortunately the former Coventry City and Norwich City maestro cannot always avoid heavy challenges from said opponents. Often Maddison wins a free-kick but is absolutely clattered, regardless of referees always being nearby.

Even if the England man is available, I have a feeling the Northern Irishman in charge won’t risk his playmaker from the start. We will hopefully see the No.10 in some capacity. Youri Tielemans will almost certainly come back into the starting lineup, irrespective of Maddison’s status; as I wrote yesterday, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall appears favoured by Rodgers to play up the field a bit in the former’s absence. Ryan Bertrand is almost back fit; Jonny Evans may resume training next week. FoL’s expected LCFC XI is below the link.

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Danny Ward; Victor Kristiansen, Wout Faes, Harry Souttar, Timothy Castagne; Youri Tielemans, Boubakary Soumare; Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall; Harvey Barnes, Tete; Kelechi Iheanacho.