Man City vs Leicester: Dean Smith’s first Foxes XI predicted

James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) /

Foxes of Leicester take a look at both teams’ injury news and predict Dean Smith’s first Foxes XI as Manchester City entertain Leicester City.

Highly respected Man City manager Pep Guardiola welcomes a different Leicester boss to Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. Guardiola made some complimentary comments on new Foxes gaffer Dean Smith before the two sides meet in the Premier League whilst in very different positions in the table. While the Citizens are just beneath English top-flight leaders Arsenal, LCFC sit one place above rock bottom in the division. We all know how difficult it is to obtain any points whatsoever at MCFC’s ground, but if any club can cause an upset – it used to be the east Midlanders.

Ahead of the currently polar opposite outfits meeting, Guardiola said that he was ‘delighted’ to see Smith back in the EPL. The Spaniard labelled his counterpart as an ‘exceptional person’. In addition to speaking of his opposite number, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich chief confirmed that his roster is generally in good health. However, attacker Phil Foden won’t be available for selection for Leicester’s visit. The England man is recovering from appendicitis. Injury concerns over Kevin De Bruyne have been allayed, though.

Manchester City vs Leicester City: predicting Dean Smith’s first Foxes XI

According to Premier Injuries, Leicester have five unavailable senior players at the moment. We know that Harvey Barnes and Ricardo Pereira are the latest pair to enter the treatment room. Meanwhile Youri Tielemans was passed fit; the Belgian may not begin the clash of the two Cities, but he is ready. The rest of the sidelined group is comprised of James Justin and Ryan Bertrand. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall makes a comeback following suspension. Therefore, we can outline an expected LCFC starting lineup:

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Daniel Iversen; Victor Kristiansen, Wout Faes, Harry Souttar, Timothy Castagne; Papy Mendy, Boubakary Soumare; Dennis Praet; James Maddison, Tete; Patson Daka.