Leicester City hosts Bournemouth
Watch Leicester City vs Bournemouth preview, as Leicester city host Bournemouth on the Premier league premises, at king power stadium on Saturday fixtures.
As Leicester city is placed on the 19th position on the table, while Bournemouth is placed in the 18th position of the points table.
Leicester city vs Bournemouth Preview
The hosts have endured a near-disastrous campaign, finding themselves in the drop zone, prompting the dismissal of manager Brendan Rodgers. Leicester lost 2-1 to in-form Aston Villa in their last game. They looked set to head towards a draw before a loose pass from Wilfred Ndidi saw the Villans score a late winner. Leicester are 19th in the Premier League with 25 points from 29 games and are just two points above last-placed Southampton.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have also had their struggles this season and find themselves in a battle for survival. They lost 2-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion in their last game. Bournemouth created chances to get on the scoresheet but failed to convert before the Seagulls sealed the win late on.
Team News and Injury
Leicester will be without the suspended Dewsbury-Hall, while James Justin, Ryan Bertrand (both knee) and Youri Tielemans (ankle) all remain sidelined with injuries, although the latter is set to return to training next week.
Jonny Evans has taken part in team training this week after recovering from a thigh injury, but it remains to be seen whether the Northern Irishman will be fit to start, with Wout Faes and Harry Souttar expected to retain their centre-back partnership against Bournemouth.
In the absence of Dewsbury-Hall, either Boubakary Soumare or Tete could be recalled to the first XI, and the latter’s inclusion could see key playmaker James Maddison move into the number 10 role behind either Jamie Vardy or Patson Daka up front.
As for Bournemouth, Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fredericks are both unavailable as they continue to recover from injury, while Marcos Senesi was withdrawn in the final five minutes of the defeat to Brighton with a hamstring problem and is doubtful for Saturday’s contest.
January signing Illya Zabarnyi replaced Senesi to make his long-awaited debut for the Cherries after recovering from injury, and the Ukrainian could be handed his first start for the club at centre-back alongside Jack Stephens.
Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing, who have either scored or assisted 10 of Bournemouth’s 12 Premier League away goals this season, are expected to continue in the first XI, while Ryan Christie, who scored along with Billing in the 2-1 win against Leicester six months ago, will face competition from Marcus Tavernier to keep his place on the right flank
Leicester City vs Borunemouth head to head stats
There have been 20 meetings between Leicester and Bournemouth, who trail 8-7.
The visitors have won their last two games in the fixture after winning just one of their previous six.
The Cherries are without a clean sheet in six games in the fixture.
Leicester have picked up just 12 points at home in the league this season. Only Southampton (10) have picked up fewer.
Bournemouth have the worst defensive record in the league this season, conceding 57 times.
The Foxes have scored 40 league goals this season, the highest of any team in the bottom half of the Premier League.
Leicester city vs Bournemouth prediction
Considering four of the last five meetings between Leicester and Bournemouth have seen at least three goals scored, an entertaining end-to-end contest could be on the cards at the King Power Stadium.
Neither team will need reminding of how important securing maximum points on Saturday could be in their quest to avoid the drop, and while there is little to separate these two struggling sides, we feel that the Cherries may do just enough to come out on top.