With the international break over, the Premier League is back and will return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since March 4th. Craig Shakespeare’s 100% record since taking over as Leicester City manager will be tested by visitors Stoke City, in the return fixture to a feisty game which saw the Foxes given six yellow and one red card within the first 48 minutes.
The game was also testament to the spirit this squad can display, as they eventually came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 after a late equaliser from Daniel Amartey, which then manager Claudio Ranieri had hoped would pick the team up and help to build much needed momentum. This time, however, the squad will be looking to keep their excellent recent form and confidence up, for both the league run in and their quarter final clash with Atletico.
Hopefully for the Foxes this fixture won't be as physical nor as requiring of team spirit as the last meeting, because it looks like we’ll be without the sizeable presence (literal and figurative) of Wes Morgan. The club captain missed the game against West Ham and had hoped to be fit again after the break.
CS: “It's a nerve problem in [Wes Morgan's] back. It can't be rushed. He won't be ready for Saturday and is touch and go for Tuesday.”— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) March 31, 2017
Yohan Benalouane, who stepped in ably against West Ham for what was surprisingly his first ever Premier League start, is the most likely to play alongside Robert Huth again.
On paper, Stoke are a good side and should be a tough challenge, but with the form that Leicester have displayed recently they will now have to deal with being expected to win, which is something none of us have felt for a long time.
It certainly promises to be an interesting game, and one that could really push City into the middle of an impressive winning run.