Lineup Prediction

Randolph, Nordtveit, Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Antonio, Payet, Carroll

Subs: Adrian, Oxford, Fernandes, Fletcher, Feghouli, Lanzini, Ayew

I suppose the big question is whether we will stick to the 4-4-2 formation that was so successful against Swansea or we revert to 3-4-3. Given that Collins is still injured and Oxford is only just back in training, I think we’ll probably stay with 4-4-2. This means Kouyate and Obiang could well start together in midfield for what I imagine would be only the second or third time. My worry about that is that they are quite similar and might get in each other’s way a bit. I suspect the formation might actually develop into a 4-5-1 with Noble playing just in front of the defence but behind Kouyate and Obiang, allowing them both to drive forward on occasion. However, this formation gives us very little width, apart from Antonio, which doesn’t play to Carroll’s strength. Ayew would be unlucky to lose his starting place given his performance at Swansea, but would you really pick him over Lanzini? So many headaches for Slaven. Whoever he picks for the first team, it could be the strongest bench we have had for a long time.

If we win this, we’ll be on 25 points, but Leicester are no mugs at home. This time last year we had 29 points, but we had scored 5 goals fewer and conceded 9 fewer. By the end of today we could be in 8th – that’s exactly where we were last season after 19 games. So perhaps this season hasn’t been quite as bad as we all feel.

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