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Predicting the Leicester City lineup vs Burnley

Time to make the most of those barrel-scrapings

Leicester City v Brighton And Hove Albion: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

This series died off a little towards the end of last year as the team started to pick itself; there’s only so many times you can pretend “LB - James Justin” is in doubt. With about half the squad watching from the stands, suddenly the selection is a little less predictable again.

We can expect Burnley to have a fairly direct and physical game plan. Given that and the lack of attacking options, I have us returning to a 3-4-3 of sorts.

CB: Daniel Amartey - just looks like a Premier League quality CB on the right of a 3.

CB: Çağlar Söyüncü- If Evans can go, those 2 and Amartey is a strong back line, but I don’t think he will.

CB: Christian Fuchs - ol’ reliable might not have the physical presence we need for Burnley, but he has the quiet calm to steady and wildly rocking ship.

RWB: Ricardo Pereira - now would be a great time to return to dominating form.

CM: Wilfred Ndidi - another must-start. Could he return to CB with Mendy here? I hope not, but it’s possible.

CM: Youri Tielemans - very little choice but for Youri to keep on chugging along.

LWB: Timothy Castagne - it’s great to finally see him and Ricardo on the same pitch.

AM: Cengiz Ünder - fans are running out of patience, but the manager is running out of options.

ST: Kelechi Iheancho - odd that injuries to everyone else would force Marc Albrighton out of the team, but I just can’t call him an attacking midfielder.

ST: Jamie Vardy - just 1 goal in his last 9 Premier League appearances. Of course, he had the same run from December - March last season and still won the Golden Boot.

Fantasy Impact

This looks like the game to have defenders, especially if the Foxes do go with the back 3, but Chris Wood always scores against Leicester City.