Leicester’s roster set to start against Manchester United on Boxing Day
Leicester City welcome Manchester United to King Power Stadium in a tantalizing kick-off for lunch on Boxing Day.
The two sides sit second and third in the Premier League table respectively and have the chance to put pressure on the table ahead of Liverpool, who only play the next day, with three big points.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes have had their ups and downs over the past month, but they had an impressive 2-0 victory at Tottenham last time around – continuing their remarkable road record. United are also good travelers and have notched six successive victories on their travels.
Here, 90 mins chooses which side Leicester should choose, barring late fitness issues.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – The Danish goalkeeper is one of the first names on the team sheet and is a guaranteed starter.
Jamse Justin (RB) – The young full-back has been excellent against Tottenham both defensively and offensively. His versatility allows Leicester to change shape and it’s hard to see him being dislodged to the side.
Wesley Fofana (CB) – The Frenchman is another player who impressed a lot and put in another stellar performance against Tottenham. Caglar Soyuncu is doubtful, so likely to be to the right of a two-man central defense.
Jonny Evans (CB) – Fofana’s partner will be Premier League veteran Evans, who has played an influential role in Rodgers’ success as Foxes boss so far. In discussions about a new contract, this is its importance.
Timothy Castagne (LB) – The Belgian was taken out after an hour against Spurs as he got back into shape. Has great quality going forward and is another versatile operator.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – Was an outstanding performer against Tottenham, winning possession five times from deep midfielder. He is the driving force behind this Leicester team and will debut against United.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – Another Foxes player who rarely performs poorly. The Belgian provides the creative advantage of the base midfielder and costumes playing alongside Ndidi.
Marc Albrighton (RM) – Also shone against Tottenham and will likely remain the right midfielder.
James Maddison (CAM) – Played five key passes and finished the game against Spurs with 97% passing accuracy. Also had a chalk goal and appears to be in great shape again.
Harvey Barnes (LM) – Always a threat to the opposition’s defenses with its frantic pace and its eye for falling behind.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – The ‘Mr. Reliable, ”Vardy continues to deliver time and time again. Tends to be more successful away from King Power, so this might be the first step in writing that bad.