Leicester City will be looking to make it six points from six when they take on West Ham United in the first Monday Night Football of the new season this evening.
The Foxes saw off a stubborn Wolves side on the opening day of the campaign, with Jamie Vardy’s well-taken header proving to be the difference between the two sides.
A trip to the London Stadium should provide another stiff test for Brendan Rodgers’ charges, and the Northern Irish tactician will once again have to cope without several key players for the trip to the capital.
New signings Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard have joined the likes of James Justin, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana on the sidelines, but the return of Timothy Castagne will be a much-welcomed boost.
And midfielder James Maddison is fit to play after sustaining a knock to his back in last weekend’s game, with Rodgers confirming his availability in Friday’s press conference.
“James has looked fantastic in training, so he’s okay,” the former Celtic boss revealed.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast believe Rodgers will line his team up against West Ham in tonight’s encounter…
Kasper Schmeichel played every minute of Leicester’s Premier League campaign last term and is set to continue that run in between the sticks against the Hammers.
In defence, Rodgers has very little room to make any changes given the extensive list of absentees through injury and illness. Castagne’s return will give him soon breathing room, but the Belgian international is unlikely to feature from the off.
That means a back four made up of Luke Thomas, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira is set to start for the second consecutive fixture.
Ahead of the backline will be the dependable duo of Wilfried Ndidi and Youri Tielemans. The midfield pair have developed a formidable understanding over the last couple of campaigns and are amongst the best engine room operators in the division.
Rodgers’ only change from the 1-0 victory over Wolves last time out is likely to see Kelechi Iheanacho replace Ayoze Perez on the right-wing.
The former Newcastle United ace has struggled in the opening stages of 2021/22, meaning Iheanacho could come into the starting lineup in place of the £16.2m-rated creative talent.
Harvey Barnes, Maddison and Vardy will make up the rest of the forward line as the current FA Cup holders look to continue their strong start to the season.