Can Leicester go all the way?

Last updated: January 20, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWDDD
Away form: DWWLL
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester are definitely making a title challenge and The Foxes now need the three points against Stoke City at The King Power Stadium. Claudio Ranieri’s players finished with a draw in the last round against Aston Villa. Even though Okazaki opened for The Foxes, Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty later and in the second half Leicester let Villa equalize. No matter Leicester didn’t win, they are still topping the table with 44 points (Arsenal are equal with the same number of points).

The Potters are unbeaten in 3 consecutive matches (all competitions). They beat Doncaster Rovers in The FA Cup. Then Stoke won 3-1 against Norwich and drew 0-0 against Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium. In addition, Stoke City have been very good visitors this season. They have won 4 games and have finished with a draw on 4 occasions. The Potters have lost only 3 away matches.

On the other hand, Stoke City’s players don’t feel comfortable when visiting The King Power Stadium. The Potters have won only 4 of 27 matches. They have scored only 27 goals in Leicester’s net. There have also been 13 draws and 10 victories for The Foxes.

Team News

Jeffrey Schlupp has resumed full training. The Ghanaian had a hamstring problem, but now he can be selected again by Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester’s manager has no problems with injured players. The Foxes will start with their best players against Stoke City.

Geoff Cameron of Stoke is suffering from an ankle injury. He was injured in a training session after the semi-final in The Capital One Cup.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland are also injured for The Potters. Shaqiri has a hamstring problem. He’s made 16 appearances and scored twice this season.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “It’s easy to say little Leicester can fight for the title but I think the big clubs don’t believe we can win it.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “We approached the game in the right manner, got the ball down and passed and moved and mixed things up.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.
Subs Gray, Wasilewski, De Laet, King, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James.
Not available:
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Walters, Whelan, Bojan, Afellay, Arnautovic, Joselu.
Subs Haugaard, Odemwingie, Diouf, Muniesa, van Ginkel, Adam, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Cameron, Ireland, Shaqiri.
Not available:

Key Battle

Riyad Mahrez playing Mahrez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1716 13 2,6 7 8 1 0
arnautovic Arnautovic this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1720 7 1,9 4 1 2 0

So far this season

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Leicester this season Stoke City this season
2 League Position 7
5 (7) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (4)
3-0 vs. Newcastle and Swansea Biggest win 3-1 vs. Norwich
4 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (4)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (3)
2-5 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-to Sunderland, Watford and Arsenal
Vardy (15) Top scorer Arnautovic (7)
Mahrez (7) Assist Leader Arnautovic (4)
Y35, R0 Discipline Y29, R4
3 Failures to score 8
6 Clean Sheets 9
15 Both Teams to Score Games 8
13 Over 2.5 Games 7
9 Under 2.5 Games 15
  • Leicester are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches in the Premier League. Furthermore, The Foxes have won 9 of these matches and have kept a clean sheet on 6 occasions.
  • Stoke won 1-0 on their last visit to The King Power Stadium. Ex Barcelona player Bojan Krkic scored the only goal of the match in the 63rd minute.
  • The Potters have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their away games this season. They have won 4 of 11 matches away from The Britannia Stadium.
  • The Foxes have lost only 1 match at home in The Premier League this season. Their only defeat was against Arsenal (2-5) on 26th September 2015.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/09/15 The Premier League Stoke 2-2 Leicester Bojan 13′
17/01/15 The Premier League Leicester 0-1 Stoke Bojan 63′
13/09/14 The Premier League Stoke 0-1 Leicester Ulloa 64′
04/01/14 The FA Cup Stoke 2-1 Leicester K. Jones 16′
04/05/08 The Championship Stoke 0-0 Leicester