It’s been a mixed week for Leicester, with midfield lynchpin Danny Drinkwater signing a new deal at the club, while this summers £10million acquisition Nampalys Mendy has been ruled out of this weekends fixture through an ankle injury.
Ranieri reflected positively on Leicester’s 0-0 stalemate with Arsenal last weekend, praising his team’s spirit and their unity on the pitch, but after only one point in two games, he must be aware of the importance of picking up all three on Saturday.
Francesco Guidolin on the other hand will be aiming to avoid a repeat of last season, in which the Swans conceded seven goals against Leicester in the Premier League
Leicester remain unbeaten at home in 16 league matches – The Foxes title winning campaign was built upon their formidable home form, their last defeat at the King Power was a scintillating 5-2 loss to Arsenal, almost a year ago.
Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
Jamie Vardy is yet to register an attempt on target this season – Following the unfathomable heights reached by Vardy last year, this season was always likely to pale in comparison. There is no doubting the striker’s class however, and he will undoubtedly work himself up to speed in the coming weeks.
If Leicester do not win, they will have gone four league matches without a win for the first time in 17 months – The stat is testament to Leicester’s meteoric rise, and although few consider them to be genuine title contenders this year, there is certainly an expectation of a top six finish.
Swansea have yet to register a win against Leicester in their previous 12 attempts (D3 L9) – The Foxes dominance in this fixture was typified by last April’s Vardy-less 4-0 thrashing of Swansea.
Wayne Routledge has created more chances than anyone else in the League this year (9) – Can the 31-yr old continue this unlikely run of form and help Swansea improve on last years 12th placed finish?