Leicester to start on minus points in EPL?; Foxes tipped for success; starting XI implications

There is a claim currently doing the rounds suggesting Leicester City may be forced to start on minus points in next season's English Premier League. But the east Midlands side are tipped for success by a likeable pundit, along with another Championship team. Foxes of Leicester also take a look at the latest LCFC starting lineup and its implications as the squad prepare for the Sunderland test. Join us for our Leicester roundup.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Sky Bet Championship
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I'm sure you've read in the past few days that Leicester have potential Financial Fair Play problems on the horizon. Well, this report won't fill the Blue Army with confidence, either:

"But they [LCFC] could be hit with a points deduction next season over two potential breaches of financial rules. Clubs in the Premier League and Championship suspect Leicester broke the £105 limit on losses for the three years that needed last season. They also think the club will exceed the £83 million of combined losses they can make over the three years ending with the current season.

Leicester, though, could return to the Premier League BEFORE any breaches are punished. There is confusion over which league is responsible for checking a club's finances for the campaign when they are relegated from, or promoted to, the Premier League.

That causes a delay allowing sides to escape immediate punishment for financial breaches. If any of last season's relegated clubs broke rules in the 2022/23 term, they could be promoted before a case was brought."

Regardless of any impending punishments akin to Everton's, or not, LCFC have won admirers recently. Popular pundit Ally McCoist believes the Foxes will gain promotion to the EPL for the upcoming campaign. Along with City, the ex-Rangers and Scotland man tips Leeds for ascendancy.

Inference from Leicester City's XI for the Sunderland clash

Enzo Maresca has turned to Leicester's greatest and most famous player, Jamie Vardy, in a time of need. The former England international was destined to play the most major of roles in the ridiculously amazing Premier League triumph of 2015/16. And, now, Vardy might perhaps be the striker from the Foxes' attacking quartet to fire the league leaders back into form.

Vardy leads the line as captain at Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening, and rightly so in my view. Wilfred Ndidi being back among the substitutes could also become a major factor in the quest for an instant return to top-flight football. Ricardo Pereira's absence clearly detracts from Maresca's vision. While Callum Doyle replacing James Justin is a significant call from the Italian in charge.