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How will Leicester City line up vs Norwich City?

Predicting the Foxes’ XI

Leicester City v Wigan Athletic - FA Cup Third Round Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

After a good performance against Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers has a big decision to make against Norwich City, now that he has a defensive midfielder available again.

Leicester City are big favourites for this one, so I’ve got them dropping out a defender and returning to the tried and tested 4-1-4-1.

GK: Kasper Schmeichel - he saved a penalty last time, and also is never dropped.

RB: Ricardo Pereira - probably our best all around player.

CB: Jonny Evans - the established CB both keep their places in the back 4.

CB: Çağlar Söyüncü - both put in good performances all season. No reason to break that up.

LB: Ben Chilwell - Fuchs played well against Man City, but looks better at CB than LB these days. Chilwell is much better than twitter would lead you to believe.

DM: Hamza Choudhury - the first real choice. Praet’s play has earned him a chance, but is more of a risk/reward option. The Foxes shouldn’t need that to win, so they’ll play it safe.

RM: Ayoze Perez - he’s not really a winger, but fits in well with Ricardo on the overlap.

CM: Youri Tielemans - created by far our best chance in the last couple of games, his upside is worth some patience

CM: James Maddison - again, Praet has played so well when given chances, but you don’t overcome creative problems by dropping your best creator.

LM: Harvey Barnes - he’s still very hit and miss, but you can’t deny the goal contributions he’s been making in 2020.

ST: Jamie Vardy - he’s Jamie Vardy.

Bench: Danny Ward, Christian Fuchs, James Justin, Dennis Praet, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho

Norwich have shipped a lot of goals this year, so there should be something to gain from bringing back some attacking threats out wide.

I think Perez and Barnes have earned their positions as the first options there, for now. Neither has had quite the impact we’d hoped for over the whole season, but they’ve both come on strong in the second half.

Fantasy Impact

The Foxes are scoring 2 goals per game, the Canaries are conceding just as many, so there’s a good chance of away goals. Vardy is the obvious option, and could be worth a captain, but I like the chances for Ricardo Pereira and Harvey Barnes to contribute as well.