Leicester City will look to face off against AEK Athens in their final group stage match of their Europa League run. They are currently leading Group G on ten points, ahead of SC Braga on goal difference. Whilst they have already secured their progression into the next round, Brendan Rodgers will still want to put in a convincing performance against bottom of the table Athens.
But with safety already banked, he can afford to change up his starting XI and give some lesser seen players a chance. With that being said, Football FanCast has predicted how the Foxes will set up this evening…
With Caglar Soyuncu still not 100% ready to return to the action, Rodgers might opt to start club captain Wes Morgan, who has fallen down the pecking order in the Premier League this season, in defence. Starting him alongside 19-year-old Wesley Fofana will provide a strong balance between seniority and fresh legs, which could be a winning combination against Athens.
Rising talent Luke Thomas could be handed his third start of the season with the nod to slot into the left-back position. The versatile defender has featured three times in total under Rodgers this term and has already bagged himself a Europa League goal. With the manager’s trust in him, he could deliver another solid performance for Leicester.
After returning to the action against Zorya, Rodgers may bring Wilfred Ndidi back into the starting lineup as he adjusts himself following his comeback from injury. He will help support the defence whilst the likes of Dennis Praet and Hamza Choudhury feature just in front in the midfield.
Whilst Ayoze Perez is battling for game time, he could be rewarded for his goal against Sheffield United by starting this evening. He will support fringe striker Kelechi Iheanacho along with Demarai Gray, who could make a surprise appearance in this stress-free fixture – what would be the 24-year-old’s second start of the campaign.