Leicester City 11th (10-5-14) vs Fulham 19th (4-5-20)
Live from the King Power Stadium on Saturday at 10 AM ET
A last minute winner conceded to Watford is old news to us stout enough to surive the last one, so on we march to the next match against Fulham! They’re on their third manager of the season and we no longer have to root for them since Claudio Ranieri got the sack and has since started at Roma!
Fulham put on a spirited display against Chelsea in their 2-1 defeat to the Blues and would very much like to put Leicester under that same pressure. New man of the month, Scott Parker, is seeking full time employment at the club and will be seeing Leicester’s recent displays against “smaller” opponents as a promising sign he can get a result. The Foxes home form is also a weakness he would like to attack, so expect the Cottager’s to go for the throat from kickoff.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been their best player all season and must be shut down on Saturday. He has 10 goals so far this season and is a massive threat from set pieces or crosses. He hasn’t scored since his brace in their 4-2 win over Brighton, and is probably due for a goal.
Leicester need to turn the heat up if they want to finish this season on a high note. With a full week of training with the new manager under their belt, I hope there has been some progress made to getting to know one another and create some chemistry between one another. I hope we don’t deploy three at the back once again, and would prefer dropping a CB for another CM like Hamza Choudhury to sit in front of the defense and let Wilfred Ndidi and Youri (please never leave) Tielemans do their thing.
As one of our leaders, we desperately need him to get back into form. I have been keeping a close eye on him the past few games and he seems to have lost his fire. Normally he’s shouting at defenders and making sure they’re doing their jobs, but recently he just looks resigned to the fact his defense is going to ship a few goals in. He’s had a difficult year, like the rest of the squad and maybe even more so, but when your Pa goes on the t.v. and tells everyone you’re good enough for a bigger club, you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is.
I would love nothing more than for this to be an easy 3-0 win, but even Brendan Rodgers history will tell you that is unlikely. He’s never won his first match in charge in England and has only once won his second match in charge. That was during his time with Swansea in 2010 right before his Liverpool days. Leicester should easily find three goals against a soft Fulham defense, but I think they’ll give up two themselves and we’ll find a savior in none less than Kelechi Iheanacho.