Leicester City v Norwich City

26 Feb

Danny Simpson is suspended for Leicester after his sending off against Arsenal.


Danny Simpson’s sending off means Leicester will have to change their side for the first time in seven league games.

TEAM NEWS

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri could give a debut to January signing Daniel Amartey, with right-back Danny Simpson serving a one-match suspension.

Jeffrey Schlupp has returned to training after a hamstring problem but is unlikely to feature this weekend.

Norwich defender Andre Wisdom is struggling to overcome a knee problem, but Vadis Odjidja Ofoe is fit after a minor ankle problem.

Midfielder Alex Tettey returns after completing a two-game ban.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “There are two different schools of thought on how it might go for Leicester from hereon in:

“1. The pressure’s off. Nobody expected a title bid. Just play.

“2. The pressure’s well and truly on. Being in unchartered territory will get to one or two players and there’ll be a wobble.

“A few minds would move to the second school if they fail to beat Norwich, for whom there really is extra pressure now.

“Like Leicester, they lost a winning position last time out. Now, whose minds have been better refreshed by a fortnight’s break?

“If it goes with form and nature (well, sort of), the Foxes should devour the Canaries.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri on his players’ mentality after the defeat by Arsenal: “They are refreshed and they are ready for the fight. I told them the Arsenal match is easier than against Norwich.

“It’s a big battle on Saturday and we must be concentrated.

“You are very concentrated against Arsenal but I want to see my players [show] the same concentration – very hungry, because we lost the match at the last second [against Arsenal].”

Norwich City manager Alex Neil: “Leicester are effective and good at what they do, but we need to impose ourselves on the game. We’re going there to get something.

“We need to win games – that’s the bottom line. We’re going to go out and attack and play with freedom and that’s our strength.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Canaries boss Alex Neil’s best bet here is probably to just try to shut up shop and try and pinch a positive result because if they open up against Leicester then the Foxes will take them apart.

I just don’t see Norwich as having the defensive ability or the mental strength they will need to get something out of the game.

Prediction: 2-0

Lawro’s full predictions v Nobby Butcher, aka Sacha Baron Cohen

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Norwich have won six of their last nine league meetings with Leicester (D1, L2).
  • However, the Foxes have won the last two encounters – in the Premier League in October and the FA Cup fifth round in 2012, although both matches were at Carrow Road.

Leicester City

  • Leicester’s defeat by Arsenal in their previous game was their first in eight Premier League matches (W4, D3).
  • They are unbeaten in their last eight league games at home (W5, D3).
  • Leicester City have named an unchanged starting line-up for six successive Premier League games – the longest run in the division this season.
  • Jamie Vardy has won six penalties this season, more than any top-flight team.

Norwich City

  • Norwich have taken just one point from the last 18 available, conceding 18 goals in those six matches.
  • They are aiming to avoid a fifth successive league defeat on the road – they have lost eight of their last nine league matches away from home.
  • Alex Neil’s side have gone 13 Premier League away games without a clean sheet.
  • The Canaries have conceded 50 league goals this season, a joint-high with Sunderland.

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