Stoke’s inconsistent start to the season could be on the turnaround after a huge 1-0 win at high-flying Watford last weekend.
Leicester’s new manager Claude Puel got off to a winning start after easing past Everton 2-0, a win that could kick-start the Foxes’ climb up the Premier League table.
Stoke have never beaten Leicester at home in the Premier League in three attempts. The Potters’ last home league win against them came in March 2007, a 4-2 victory in the Championship.
Last seasons meetings
The last meeting between the two sides came in April at the King Power Stadium as the home side claimed all three points in a 2-0 victory. Goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy saw Craig Shakespeare continue his 100% winning start as a Premier League manager.
The reverse fixture at the Bet365 Stadium was one of the more dramatic meetings between the two sides. Leicester recovered two-goal deficit and Jamie Vardy’s first half red card to claim an incredible draw. Bojan Krkic converted a penalty after Danny Simpson’s handball, and Joe Allen tapped in before half time. Goals in the last 20 minutes from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey saved a point from The Foxes.
Defender Bruno Martins Indi is the main absentee with a hamstring strain. Striker Peter Crouch is in contention to start after a lower back problem cleared up. Glen Johnson is likely to return after missing the win against Watford through illness. USA international Geoff Cameron is also likely to return after suffering from concussion. Summer signings Kevin Wimmer and Kurt Zouma are expected to start either side of captain Ryan Shawcross in defence. Last week’s match winner Darren Fletcher will certainly start in midfield alongside Joe Allen.
For the visitors, Robert Huth and Matty James will both miss out with knocks. Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray started in Puel’s first match in charge, while Riyad Mahrez was handed a central role behind Vardy, a role which he is likely to play this weekend as well after how effective it was against Everton. Vicente Iborra and Wilfred Ndidi have formed quite the midfield partnership and will almost certainly start together once again. Jamie Vardy will start up front on his own with fellow strikers Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani having to be content with spots on the bench.
Score prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Leicester City