Leicester City v Swansea City

22 Apr

Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy for the first time this season in a league game after his sending off.

Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy for the first time this season in a league game after his sending off.


Leicester will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy, who will serve at least a one-match ban as a result of his red card in the draw with West Ham.

He is expected to be replaced by Leonardo Ulloa, while Nathan Dyer is ineligible to face his parent club.

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton returns after missing the last two matches with a back problem.

Jack Cork has recovered from a facial injury he suffered last weekend in the defeat by Newcastle.


Jonathan Pearce: “This is make or break for Leicester City. If they keep their five-point lead they’ll withstand the challenge of Spurs, who will yet drop points. Lose, and Tottenham will probably overtake them.

“Leicester go into battle without Vardy – it’s like Richard III fighting at the nearby Battle of Bosworth Field without ‘a horse…a horse…a kingdom for his horse!’ We know what happened there.

“But Shakespeare’s drama of that Leicester-interred King promised: ‘True hope is swift…Kings it makes Gods and meaner creatures Kings’.

“It’s all about belief now. Do Leicester retain enough?”

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Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin: We still have to face Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City – some big clubs with lots to play for.

“But we must play without fear, with both courage and character. Our season is not finished yet and we need points.”


Without Jamie Vardy’s pace, teams can really squeeze Leicester because nobody is going to run in behind them.

I think that is a real worry, so I am going to go for another draw here – although Swansea did look like they had just booked their summer holidays in Benidorm against Newcastle last weekend.

Prediction: 1-1

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Jamie Vardy has started 45 successive league games for Leicester.<!–



  • The home team has won six of the last seven meetings – the exception was Leicester’s 3-0 win at Swansea in December.
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in their last 11 home games in all competitions against the Swans.
  • Swansea’s last win away to Leicester was in October 1950.

Leicester City

  • Leicester have lost just one of their last 20 league matches at home and they are unbeaten in their previous 13 (W8, D5).
  • Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham was the first time Leicester had conceded in six league games.
  • They have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 16 league matches.
  • The Foxes will be without Jamie Vardy in their starting line-up for the first time this season – he had started 45 successive league games for the Foxes (W28, D11, L6).
  • Their win rate over the past two seasons in the top flight when Vardy has started is 48.3%, compared to 25% without him.

Swansea City

  • Swansea’s defeat by Newcastle last weekend was their first in four league games.
  • It was also the first time they have failed to score in an away match in 2016.
  • However, they have only won one of their last six away games (D2, L3).
  • They have kept just one clean sheet in 17 matches away from home in the league this season – a joint-league low with Norwich.


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